ORGAN (1996) Reviews and overview

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Organ (オルガン) is a 1996 Japanese horror feature film written, directed and produced by Kei Fujiwara (Id). She also stars in it as one of two organ thieves who remove organs from their captives while they are still alive.

Two undercover detectives, Numata and Tosaka, infiltrate a plastic-covered den where they discover a gang of organ thieves led by the teacher Saeki and his one-eyed sister Yoko who are cutting open a victim who is still alive. After a gun battle ensues, Tosaka is captured and Numata escapes.


Saeki works at a girls’ school where he offers private lessons to teens whom he later harvests for organs. We learn later that Saeki is now rotting away…


“Gross without being shocking, and anarchic without being fun, this confused and confusing helming debut by the lead actress of cult hit Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a chaotic tour through a Tokyo nether world of body-part dealers.” Variety

“Diminishing returns hit splatter movies faster than most other genres, and this starts straining for effect and repeating itself within its first hour – with a turgid 45 minutes of bloodletting and grotesquerie to go.” Time Out

“There’s a scene or two that closely resemble some parts from Mermaid In a Manhole (from the outrageously violent Guinea Pig series out of Japan). This film is most certainly gross, and the ultra slimey makeup FX are pretty cool to look at if you’ve got a strong stomach, but its not all that shocking to be honest.” B-Grade Gems

Organ is not an easy film to watch and is almost impossible to enjoy. In terms of its power to disgust or disturb, it’s in a category with the early Guinea Pig instalments and the ero-gro films of Kazuo Komizu. But unlike those films, it’s not a bland attempt to shock or gross-out, but a complex portrait of moral, physical and psychological decay” Jim Harper, Flowers from Hell


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