Brutal [Blu-ray]
Starring Butch, Ayano, Takashi Nishina, Katrina Grey, Naho Nakashima

Director: Takashi Hirose

Writer: Takashi Hirose

Stars: Katrina GreyTakashi NishinaAyano

67 Minutes


About sixty minutes long and for the first forty of them, Brutal was unable to move the needle for me. But then the last act, the reveal, the finale, the insinuation, the hysterical reflexive laughter which escaped from the deepest pit of my stomach, the giddy shock at its audacity—saved the film for me. I can't tell if I actually liked what I saw at it's conclusion, but I was certainly entertained enough to feel like the viewing wasn't a waste of my time. It's short enough, so if you're looking for something pretty loony (and perhaps, a little touching) give it a whirl.


Brutal. Love, blood, punches, and stabs! A shorter feature film filled with familiar faces if you watch your share of Japanese splatter. First of all, the acting in this film is amazing. I really enjoyed the acting from basically everyone, but I want to give a shout out in particular to Nanako Ohata. Her scene was one of the best. Her facial expressions and the way she delivers her dialogue is fantastic, but not to forget our 2 leads, BUTCH and AYANO. They were the focus of the film, and following their paths was to say the least, interesting.

Brutal unfortunately falls short on what the title insinuates, and that’s the violence. Not the brutality per se, but the SFX connected to it. There’s a lot of stabbing and punching going on but no actual signs of this except a massive amount of blood. They had some good scenes where you would see the penetration of a knife, or landing of well choreographed punches, but there were no cuts, no gashes, no gore. The ADR is also at times absolutely horrendous and way too out of sync. If they had fixed these two points, I would say that this film would’ve been perfect. To be fair it does end with a bang, and in a totally different way than most films, while thankfully featuring some impressive SFX to boot.

I really wanted to love this film, and I was hoping for a new love, like the love I felt for Grotesque (I did let out a fan-girl scream when I saw Shigeo Osako’s cameo), but I did walk away from it a little bit disappointed on the gore front. That being said, this film is filled with everything else. The story, the acting and the music were great and I can’t wait to see what Takashi Hirose has in store for us next.

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Loved the music at the beginning, it set the tone perfectly. This film is pretty brutal and there are a lot of creative gore scenes. I do like the grainy filter, because it adds more of a dirty feeling that pairs together really well with all the violence. The ending was not what I was expecting at all, but in my opinion it worked very well. Brutal delivers, and I recommend this to any gore hound out there!


60 minutes of BRUTALity split up into 3 segments... Man, Woman, and Man & Woman. This interwoven narrative style make this one of the most easily palatable shock films I’ve ever watched. Gore hounds will definitely get their fix, but most of my enjoyment was solely from the absurdity of it all that’s topped off with a batshit finale. Normally shock films are nothing more than a visual feast of practical fx, but Brutal has a lot more going for it. An unexpected love story splattered with gore, and humor. I’ll take this over unapologetically grating torture porn any day.

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