RED ROOM: THE FORBIDDEN KING GAME
(Akai Misshitsu (Heya): Kindan no Osama Geemu)
The surprise about Red Room is that it prefigures Saw (2004) and its body of imitators to an uncanny degree with its central theme of a group of people locked up in a room and forced to undergo degradations and tortures. What we have could be construed as a version of Saw by way of tvs Big Brother (2001 ). The interesting thing about this is that Red Room also predates the whole reality tv phenomenon. Although you suspect it would have been a much more different film had it come along a mere couple of years later. There it probably would have been pumped into an X-rated version of Fear Factor (2001 ) and with much more in the way of hosts issuing challenges, talking heads interviews with the players and contestants being voted out. By contrast, we get a flat and visually dull show that seems to take place in a single room filmed by static cameras placed on the wall.
It doesnt take long however for Red Room to start getting twisted and depraved. This comes about the time that Shiina Nagamori is ordered to drink Mayumi Ookawas urine or where Yuuki Tsukamoto is ordered to tape a blow-dryer to her husband (Hiroshi Kitasenju)s mouth with his nose held shut by a clothes peg and turn it on for two minutes (something that you suspect would have resulted in major health injuries if not suffocation in real life). Not long after, we get a nasty scene where Hiroshi Kitasenju is, according to the subtitles, ordered to lynch wife Yuuki Tsukamoto in actuality, beat her with his fists which turns into a bitter marital dispute in which she is berating him for being a loser followed by he turning and tearing her clothes off and raping her. Things become even more extreme Hiroshi Kitasenju molests office girl Shiina Nagamori, culminating in his shoving a lightbulb up her vagina, which then snaps and tears the insides of her womb. (Admittedly the nastiness of this scene is somewhat undone when the image of his forcing the lightbulb into her is accompanied by very un-vagina-like squeaky rubber sounds; or where, during the earlier lesbian makeout scene, the closeups on two mouths tonguing each other are run over with ludicrously over-the-top slurping noises). The nasty culminating scene of the show is where the husband is ordered to have sex with the office girl while she still has the shattered glass inside her, where she conducts a blowjob to help him get hard only to end up biting his dick off in her mouth.
Daisuke Yamanouchi made a sequel Red Room 2 (2000).