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The Last Supper

Sex and death are on the menu when a Japanese plastic surgeon starts slicing and dicing his way to "The Last Supper." A cheap knock-off of a horror book by the same writer who novelized "Ju-on" ("The Grudge") for Nipponese readers, pic is rich in fake blood and squelchy effects but leaner on real quality. One of many similar DV-lensed movies that haunt Japanese cineplexes, this may appeal to horror fests and midnight-sidebar programmers.

Cast:
With: Masaya Kato, Hibiki Takumi, Zuki Lee, Hitomi Miwa, Hiroki Matsukata.

Sex and death are on the menu when a Japanese plastic surgeon starts slicing and dicing his way to “The Last Supper.” A cheap knock-off of a horror book by the same writer who novelized “Ju-on” (“The Grudge”) for Nipponese readers, pic is rich in fake blood and squelchy effects but leaner on real quality. One of many similar DV-lensed movies that haunt Japanese cineplexes, this may appeal to horror fests and midnight-sidebar programmers.

Cutting patients by day for financial reward and carving strangers by night for culinary delight, plastic surgeon Yuji Kotorida (Masaya Kato) is nicknamed “The Hand of God” for his skills. In a Dorian Gray-like riff, his secret cannibalistic appetites also enhance his looks. Yarn follows Kotorida as he pursues his bloodlust via a series of dates and a bizarre cabaret-restaurant in backstreets Hong Kong. Story has a certain hypnotic quality, but both direction and performances are unfulfilling. Other tech credits, including special make-up effects by Satoshi Hirose, are merely adequate.

The Last Supper

Japan-Hong Kong

Production: An Amumo, Benten Entertainment, Kacoon Intl. (Japan)/Film Dynasty (Hong Kong) presentation of a Benten Entertainment production. (International sales: Sojitz Corp., Tokyo.) Produced by Yuichi Onuma. Executive producers, Yasuyuki Oda, Yoshio Kuratani, Katsuhiko Tamura. Co-producer, Karen Law. Directed, written by Osamu Fukutani, based on the novel "The Shonan Flesh-Eating Doctor" by Kei Ohishi.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Masakazu Oka, Fung-yuen Oka; music, Torsten Rasch. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 11, 2005. (Also in Yubari Fantastic Film Festival.) Original Japanese title: Saigo no bansan. Japanese dialogue. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Masaya Kato, Hibiki Takumi, Zuki Lee, Hitomi Miwa, Hiroki Matsukata.

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