This piece is my contribution to Dave K.’s ongoing celebration of extreme Asian films. I recommend that Loud Green Bird readers bookmark Dave’s site, catch up on his posts to date, and follow along daily for the rest of the month.
The prolific and controversial Japanese auteur TakashiMiike created Imprintas an episode of the “MastersofHorror” television series. Broadcast in two seasons (2005-7), the series is an anthology of shorts by well-known horror directors. Helmers included icons like John Carpenter, Dario Argento, and Tobe Hooper. They received creative license and relative freedom from conventional constraints on material and themes in exchange for agreeing to work with a low budget and on a tight schedule.
Yet Showtime refused to broadcast Miike’s episode after it bought the rights to the series. The network decided it was too disturbing for cable TV and cut it from Season 1 (2005-6). Showrunner and executive producer Mick Garris explained the brouhaha in an interview for a 2006 NewYorkTimesarticle:
“We made it clear that we were going on American pay cable television, and even though there wasn’t as…
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