This movie is really painful in a good way. The pain of pleasure theory is quickly translated into a vivid literal imagery through a simple and gory story line, wherein a young scientist experiments his newly founded painkilling drug – named MySon – on three ladies, and they in turn suffer brutal side effects leading them to either take pleasure in harming themselves or the others. Another genius side in the film lies in the name of the substance MySon (name itself suggesting the idea of having a child). A complete ironic contrast of the anti-pregnancy experiments (conducted by the scientist’s mom which is merged with Eigi’s MySon drugs), it also suggests the idea of rebirth – the birth of so-eternal happiness that leads to eternal pleasure of pain, insanity, and even death.
But the real genius aspect lies in the extremity of gore. The movie itself has managed to captivate cringe among the audience, most particularly through enormous presence of blood and close-ups of self-mutilation, self-cannibalism, and atrocious sadistic murders. These alone have outlawed the movie’s flaws including boring and unnecessary scenes and some confusion in the plot (wherein sometimes the audience does not receive the answers to their questions they have been asking themselves throughout the film). The film can also involve various interpretations – wherein the drug is perceived to directly turn pain into pleasure (i.e. its main job is to really manipulate the people into self-exploitation of hurting), or to kill pain with a side effect of manipulating people into resorting to harm when taken excessively or with another drug. Or it may be that their curiosity in not feeling pain in their simple wounds (after the drug injection) leads them to hurt more even until they are soaked with blood. The movie is likewise interpreted as a morbid metaphor of damaging effects of drugs consumption in general, providing the bloodily damaged painkilling drug subjects as an example.
Definitely a recommendation for gore, and horror aficionados. The film never fails to answer their expectations in what makes an excellent gore/horror masterpiece.
Release Date February 20, 1996
Based on its original movie The Genuine Rape (1987) from the same director.
Directed by Hisayasu Sato
Starring Misa Aika, Yumika Hayashi, Mika Kirihara, Sadao Abe.
Genre Horror, Psychological.
Length 76 min long
The young scientist named Eigi creates a painkilling drug called MySon and experiments it on three women who are also subjects of his mother’s anti-pregnancy test. The effects of the known drug slowly take their toll on the three subjects, often leading to self-cannibalism, masochistic self-mutilation, and sadistic murders.
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars (9/10)