10,000 Bullets   Exploring the world of Cinema from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse™




Slit-Mouthed Woman, The 
Written by: on November 19th, 2007


Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2005
Director: Takaaki Hashiguchi
Cast: Minami Aoyama, Mayu Asada, Remon Hanazawa, Hotaru Haduki, Kikujirô Honda, Takeshi Ito

DVD released: October 30th, 2007
Approximate running time: 63 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Salvation Films/Sacrament
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95


Synopsis: When a colleague goes a missing a reporter takes over his assignment about a plastic surgery hospital that was shut down when its patience’s and staff started to disappear. The locale legend blames the disappearances at the hospital on a former patient known as The Slit-Mouthed Woman. Is there really a killer lurking the hospitals empty corridors or could something supernatural be behind the trouble at the hospital?

Pink Cinema has finally arrived after years of languishing in obscurity in Japan. More Pink films have been release in North America in 2007 then ever before and if these are any indication of what is yet still to come with many more slated for release in 2008 then fans of this often neglected genre can now are able to see films that they only heard about.

Pink Cinema is still going strong forty plus years since it first arrived on the Japanese movie scene. In more recent years filmmakers’ have gotten even more inventive like writer/director Takaaki Hashiguchi’s J-Horror/Pink film hybrid The Slit-Mouthed Woman. Visually all the sex scenes are composed to show just enough and the more horror based scenes are very reminiscent of the style used in films like Ringu. The plot is a classic example of what a good scary story should be with all the moments of shocking terror done with an elegant pace which draws the moment out to a perfect conclusion. The sex scenes while not a graphic as they sometimes can get in Pink Cinema they are still very primal and erotic enough to get any straight man off.

The entire cast does a superb job with their various roles. Virtually the entire cast is made up of performers who have only worked in a couple films. There is really nothing about this film that I can think of that I didn’t enjoy. My favorite part of the film is how the Slit-Mouthed Woman always appeared just when the sex scene is about to climax. This switch between eroticism and horror never feels out of place or unbelievable. Ultimately if you are fan of J-Horror and Pink Cinema then you will want to check The Slit-Mouthed Woman ASAP.

The DVD:

The Slit-Mouthed Woman is presented in a letterboxed widescreen which preserves the films original aspect ratio. The transfer looks really good despite lacking an anamorphic enhancement. Sure some of the darker scenes lack the same detail present in the rest. The colors look nicely saturated and print damage is very minor if unnoticeable.

This release comes with one audio mix Japanese which is free of any audio defects and English subtitles have been included. The sound mix shows some range and it sounds evenly balanced through out.

Outside of a few stills and very brief text piece on Pink Cinema the extras are not related to the main feature and they lack any repeat value.  The Slit-Mouthed Woman is one of the better Pink films to be released in recent years and now fans can enjoy it via Sacrament’s DVD release while lacking in extras comes with a solid audio/video presentation of the main feature, recommended.

Disclaimer: Some of the reviews contained here at 10kbullets contain screenshots that may not be suitable for those surfing the website at work and discretion is advised while viewing these pages. All of the screenshots and other images used on this site are solely for promotional purposes and are copyrighted to their respective owners. All reviews, bios and interviews unless noted in the text of the review, bio or interview are original content that was written exclusively for 10kbullets and has never been published anywhere else. On occasion there may be typos or errors in the text and if you let us know we will be more then happy to correct all typos or misinformation in the text. All opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the author(s) and not that of any company or person referred to. All the written material contained on 10kBullets is intended for informational purposes only and it is copyright © 2004-Present by the authors.