Please please, if you loved Ichi the killer, this is another sick little gem from Takashi Miike. It is a series based around a `cult' that spawned a character that can possess anyone who is a `bar-coder'. It is complex and brilliant. People are like machines, when `infected' with the virus they feel compelled to commit acts of great violence. There is another virus character that also makes people do odd things like steak unborn babies from mothers stomachs. The virus is far reaching when government official's being involved. The cops investigating are weird and wacky, the lead detective is a proven schizophrenic with split personalities. Sadly I bought the set that was censored, the scenes where a telephone had been placed in an eviscerated mother's stomach, the scene where a school girl had a flower planted in her skull with her brain exposed. You can get it now without the super gross stuff blocked out. This is harsh stuff indeed, the main detective gets his wife delivered alive to him in a box!! Her arms and legs amputated and breathing mask in place. One sick young man decides to play bingo with a group of young men, each number called equates to a body part that is cut off, numbered and then scattered in a field.
I mean, the mind boggles at what has been created in this series and much applause to Takashi Miike for giving the things in his head an on screen presence.
I wouldn't lend it your parents, they might decide there is something wrong with you. This box set is very worthwhile the price tag. It is incredibly re-watchable and engaging. You can shake your head with dis-belief but it is there on the screen, it is the strange made real.