THE LAST SUPPER
Reviewed by: Dave Murray
What's it about
A creepy doctor has some peculiar eating tastes, and his dinner guests just love the exclusive meat he uses. It's too bad that the meat is the flesh of murdered young girls, because he was such a sweet guy. This is the 'Diary of a Cannibal', in all of its graphic glory.
Is it good movie?
For a Japanese thriller, it was an interesting and entertaining movie. By that I mean that they have become pretty repetitive lately, what with the ghosts and the flowing hair and the small dead kids with big eyes who make animal noises (Sorry, I just don't find those things scary). This creepy and macabre little tale about cannibal lovin' is pretty original, though not as twisted as some might think from the DVD cover. But it does have its disturbing moments, showing us just how wide the cultural gap can be sometimes. Yep, those wacky Asian people eaters do some crazy stuff!
First off, the gore effects are handled pretty slick, although most of the good stuff happens off camera. Don't worry, there's plenty of juicy chopping and bone sawing sound effects to get your imagination going. The constant images of cooking meat are a little unsettling, and some of the shots of flesh cutting reminded me of H.G. Lewis's The Wizard of Gore, though not as wholly sickening. With beheadings, sawed off limbs, tasting of raw human flesh, and an exploitative dinner party where the exotic dancer is the entree, there's a lot of killing going on here (too bad the head severing looked extremely fake).
Gore aside, the performances were a little standard and even hammy in places. The story was tame, sort of settling on a cross between American Psycho and Silence of the Lambs, but never really acieving the horror of the latter nor the crappiness of the former. It just kind of sits there, a simple little generic tale punctuated by cannibalism. The performance put in by Masaya Kato as the people eating plastic surgeon Doctor Kotorida is never over the top. He's a quiet and calm psycho who goes to some interesting lengths to collect his prized meat. The rest of the flick is filled with schemers, obsessed assistants, doomed fiances and cops who've been deformed by eating human flesh tainted by lab chemicals! Like I said, wacky!
The final scene, with it's obscene wedding cake and splashes of extreme horror, is a sight to behold, and worth sitting through the preceeding movie. That, and dozens of frozen severed heads falling out of a freezer during a gunfight, and scenes of the doctor eating fried liposuction fat, and I'd say we have a nicely done creep-fest on our hands here. Nicely shot and creative with its style and lighting, and the story is certainly a disturbing one.
And to think I was going to have steak tonight. Maybe a salad would be better.
Video / Audio
Video: Full Screen - 1.33:1.
Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), with English subtitles.
We get some Trailers on this one, but nothing else.
The Last Supper is a creepy, subtle and entertaining little slice of Asian flesh horror that showcases some terrific gags and way too much people eating, which oddly enough is a good thing. I mean seriously, can you ever have too much cannibalism? Director Osamu Fukutani kept things understated and almost cool in a way, never taking the performances over the top into psycho land and keeping the flick grounded in the reality of one man's quest for the perfect meat. It's a little derivitive in places, and extremely slow in others, but otherwise the show was interesting and well shot. Recommended for cannibal enthusiasts and Japanese horror buffs, as I'm sure this one is a little on the off beat side of Asian films.