Death follows Mitsuko in ‘Tag’

 

 

Director:

Sion Sono

Writers:

Yûsuke Yamada (based on the original story by), Sion Sono

No men in sight, only women… and something unthinkable is killing girls! Japanese auteur Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Why Don’t You Play In Hell?) follows up the deliriously entertaining Tokyo Tribe, with Tag (Real Onigokko), a surreal horror that combines his arthouse aesthetics with equal doses of pro-feminist action fantasy, and the kind of ultra-gory exploitation filmmaking that would make Takashi Miike and Yoshihiro Nishimura proud.

 

Mitsuko (Reina Triendl, Ju-On: The Beginning Of The End) is the sole survivor of a bizarre paranormal incident that kills all of her classmates. Running for her life, Mitsuko seemingly slips into an alternate reality, but death and chaos seems to follow her everywhere. As Mitsuko finds herself in increasingly surreal and violent situations, the true horror behind her nightmare is revealed. With a jaw-dropping opening sequence reminiscent of Sono’s earlier cult masterpiece, Suicide Club, Tag is a mindbending slice of action-horror, Alice in Wonderland meets Tokyo Gore Police!

A bus full of high school girls are on their way to a school trip. A sudden gust of wind slices the bus in half, length-wise killing 40 girls in the blink of an eye, except Mitsuko our protagonist, who ducked just in time. The Wind, however, turns back around to Mitsuko. She runs for her life…and incomprehensively finds herself walking to school with her classmates. Mitsuko and her classmates, Aki, Yuki and Sur (short for Surreal) chat like they’ve done hundreds of times. Were the tragic deaths of 40 high school girls a nightmare? The next moment, a schoolteacher with a machinegun opens fire, leaving piles of dead girls. Mitsuko runs again. Now she finds herself in a peaceful street lined with shops. “What’s wrong, Keiko? Today’s your wedding!” says her old friend. Mitsuko is now Keiko, a 25-year-old woman. Before she can resist, Keiko is dressed in a wedding gown. A pig in a tuxedo holding a knife, chases her. What is this irrational world? One of the women tells Keiko, “As long as you’re around, everyone will be killed!” Keiko is now Izumi. Is this a nightmare? Or is it some kind of game? The answer lies at the very ending

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