February 02 only

This inventively violent Japanese satire about (literally) crushing beauty standards evokes the work of Sion Sono, Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg.

An aspiring model who wants a smaller face goes to a controversial surgeon who uses a vise to make it happen. The model and the surgeon start dating, which feels like a second movie. Then the surgeon goes on the run, which feels like a third movie–and he might be the protagonist now? When the surgeon is recognized on the road, things get downright hallucinatory–a fourth movie. Finally the surgeon is subjected to a worthy comeuppance.

Buckle up for this one. Plenty of belly laughs when you’re not too busy wincing.

a young woman is laying on a table with her head in a vise

Directed by Yasuhiko Shimizu. Japan. 88 min.


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