DirkH’s review published on Letterboxd:
Unrelenting, that's what this film is.
If you really want to know what this film can do to you, read as little about it as you can. That's what happened to me and I have to confess, this film haunted me for quite some time.
That all had to do with the typical slow, meticulous build up you often see in Asian films. This pace provides a perfect platform for Takashi Miike to showcase his sadism and his understanding what true horror is all about. He sinks his hooks into you, the viewer, by making you care for a very sympathetic leading man and then, halfway, he rips those hooks out with force and uncompromising terror.
True horror, that's what this film is.