Visitor Q (2001)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Domestic Comedy  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Jonathan Crow

Unlike other similarly themed films -- such as Sogo Ishii's Crazy Family or Fran├žois Ozon's Sitcom -- Visitor Q is not a mere cynical parody or a parade of empty shocks. In spite of the film's wild exaggerations, one senses that Takashi Miike legitimately cares for his characters. By the film's final reel, after one of the funniest necrophilia scenes in film history, Miike reveals an almost jarringly traditional view of family, ending with each character fulfilling their ascribed societal roles. Though acting is across-the-board good, Shungiku Uchida -- known in Japan more as a comic book artist than an actress -- delivers a performance that is absolutely fearless. In short, Visitor Q is an outrageously weird ride that starts out shocking and ends on a note that seems almost wholesome.