Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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TV-MA | | Horror | Episode aired 7 April 2006
1:13 | Trailer
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left.


Takashi Miike


Mick Garris (creator), Daisuke Tengan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Drago ... Christopher
Shihô Harumi ... Laborer #1 (as Shihou Harumi)
Michié Michié ... Komomo (as Michie)
Magy Magy ... Laborer #2
Shin'ichi Tokuhara Shin'ichi Tokuhara ... Laborer #3 (as Shinichi Tokuhara)
Takao Handa Takao Handa ... Yoshi, Laborer #4
Hiroshi Kuze Hiroshi Kuze ... Boatman
Miyuki Konno Miyuki Konno ... Dead Woman
Yutaka Matsuzaki Yutaka Matsuzaki ... Gate Keeper #1
Hiroshi Fujita Hiroshi Fujita ... Gate Keeper #2
Sachiko Matsuura Sachiko Matsuura ... Shamisen Player
Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi ... Whore #1
Megumu Takada Megumu Takada ... Whore #2
Yuno Yuno ... Whore #3
Miho Harita Miho Harita ... Whore #4


In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ashiocho, Tochigi, Japan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shimako Iwai, the author of the novel on which the film is based, appears as the sadistic torturer. See more »


The Woman: This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.
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Featured in Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution (2006) See more »

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Masters of Horror... Great, Banning an episode...Lame.
7 November 2006 | by happyslackerSee all my reviews

I spend way too many hours reading reviews on movies (and shows) on this site. Yet, I am addicted to it and thus continue on. Normally, I feel that good, bad or indifferent, any review is a good review as long as the reviewer actually watched the film. This short film was pretty good in my opinion, and enough has been written about it where I don't feel I can contribute any more on that level. however, I am disappointed that more of us are not outraged that Showtime commissioned Miike to make a show, then ban it. Showtime is a paid premium network (read ADULT) I could understand if it were broadcast television, which has strict guidelines because children shouldn't see graphic stuff like this. But as an adult in an adult situation, I am absolutely anti censorship and think it is total BS that Showtime could lame out... Nobody should watch any of the Masters of Horror series at all if you can't handle disturbing imagery!!! For the sake of movie fans that are responsible adults, let us make our own decisions regarding censorship, I am absolutely certain that plenty of people out there who are unfamiliar with Miike films shut off this story before the half way point, nice, neat and tidy self censoring. Thank you for not bowing to the interests of lame corporate sponsors.

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