Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Miike's graphically violent Japanese actioners are not everyone's cup of sake. But if you can handle the bloodshed, Miike's films will open your eyes to the number of ways it can spurt, splat, and drizzle out of a whole variety of natural human orifices and man-made bullet holes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The film is filled with Miike's brand of imaginatively staged violence and hints of fetish sexuality, but his sadism, which reaches its apotheosis in 2001's sickening "Ichii The Killer", is tempered by a sincere romanticism and a number of lovely touches.
  3. There's enough atmosphere, mayhem and just plain energy to make the film a viable midnight movie.
  4. 50
    While the film throws a solid pop punch, you could still swear you've seen it all before.
  5. 40
    The plot is muddy and quite beside the point. The almost meditative mood takes center stage.
  6. 40
    (Miike's) work is fun to look at but emotionally unengaging, perhaps because he can't summon enough belief in his pulp-fiction characters to make them come alive.

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