No-holds-barred Miike film about the horrible state of the Japanese family - or any modern family for that matter - and how everyone's problems are 'resolved' by the non-emotive 'visitor' that stops by and decides to live with them for a while (he knocks the father of the house out with a rock - twice - on the father's way home from having sex with his daughter). Curiously, the film never succumbs to mean-spiritedness, and remains intense but not revolting; Miike's approach is satirical but not condescending, and there is a point to his madness. Above all, he manages to out-Solondz Solondz, which is a feat in itself.
Director: Takashi Miike
Year Released: 2001