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Organ

Organ" is more fizzle than pizzle. Gross without being shocking, and anarchic without being fun, this confused and confusing helming debut by the lead actress of cult hit "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" is a chaotic tour through a Tokyo nether world of body-part dealers. Outside Japan, where Kei Fujiwara has a rep in alternative theater, and really outre fests, this awful offal pic looks headed straight for the charnel house.

Organ” is more fizzle than pizzle. Gross without being shocking, and anarchic without being fun, this confused and confusing helming debut by the lead actress of cult hit “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” is a chaotic tour through a Tokyo nether world of body-part dealers. Outside Japan, where Kei Fujiwara has a rep in alternative theater, and really [7moutre[22;27m fests, this awful offal pic looks headed straight for the charnel house.

Story opens at full tilt with two undercover detectives, Numata and Tosaka, infiltrating a ghastly plastic-wreathed den where a gang of organ thieves, led by Saeki, a lame teacher, and his oneeyed sister, Yoko (Fujiwara), are cutting open a still-living victim. In the chaos following a gun battle, Tosaka is captured and Numata escapes.

Saeki works at a girls’ school, where be offers private instruction to teens whom he harvest for organs and then locks up in a macabre laboratory behind his office. Yoko is involved with the Yakuza, through whom Numata, eventually gets a lead on the siblings’ sideline. It turns out that Saeki’s mother bit off his genitals when he was young and, like his victims, Saeki is rotting away from some ghastly pustulation that covers his body.

In some respects, Fujiwara’s film is an organic version of the metallic “Tetsuo,” with people turning into vegetables rather than spare parts. But where “Tetsuo” had a cartoonish energy, “Organ” is an increasingly limp farrago of body make up and ketchup. Fujiwara makes an impressions as the bizarre one-eyed amazon, but her role, like all others, is undeveloped. Production values are low-budget.

Organ

(JAPANESE)

Production: An Organ Vital production. (International sales: Organ Vital, Tokyo.) Produced by Binbun Fursawa, Koichi Toda. Executive producer, Kei Fujiwara. Directed, written by Kei Fujiwara.

Crew: Camera (color), Fujiwara: editor, Kenji Nasa; music, Video Rodeo; art direction, Fujiwara; sound, Eiko. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival, Sept, 8, 1996. (Also in Vancouver fest.) Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Kimihiko Hasegawa, Kenji Nasa, Kei Fujiwara, Ryo Okubo, Shozo Tojima, Yosiaki Mackawa.

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