18A(18A) Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content

Synopsis

Japanese-language Horror/Thriller. Based on the novel by Ryû Murakami. A widower (Ryo Ishibashi) holds auditions to find a new wife.

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of cursing and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent portrayals of weapons and hand-to-hand violence, most in a torture context, some involving children – blood and disturbing detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexually suggestive scenes – no nudity, little detail
  • Brief breast nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Frequent portrayals of smoking in a recreational context; infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context
  • Infrequent portrayals of crude bodily functions – some disturbing detail

Thematic elements

  • Gender and power
  • Revenge
  • Pain and abuse

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for brutal violence and torture in a disturbing context

Classification date

December 01, 2017