Masters of Horror

Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Friday 12:00 AM Unknown on Showtime
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Episode Summary

An American journalist in 19th century Japan is hoping to find the love he left behind. His long search leads him to a dark island where the only sanctuary is a brothel. He ends up spending the night with an interesting woman where he learns that some things are better off left in the past.moreless

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  • Will Make Your Skin Crawl

    This is a must see for any die-hard horror fan. In just one hour, you will more unsettled by this film than if you watched 13 other films back to back. It has raised the bar to a new level of disturbing. There are very few films like this that will stay in your head for the next couple of days like this does. As far as the actual content, it combines the elements of torture, supernatural forces, and insanity. To say any more might take away the viewing pleasure, if that's what you want to call it.moreless
  • Production Notes on this episode

    Japanese director Takashi Miike was among the filmmakers chosen to create an episode for Masters of Horror. Considered to be a "deliberately and spectacularly transgressive director whose work is lionized by a substantial share of the young generation of Internet critics and horror film fans, while routinely rejected as repulsively sadistic by much of the mainstream media", Miike crafted "Imprint" based on a traditional Japanese story, "Bokkee Kyotee", by Shimako Iwai. He explained the reasons he chose the film: "It had a simplicity that I liked. Also, it had that kind of story I imagined the audience telling their friends after seeing the film. It's a story that could have been told before the horror genre existed -- it's more like a kaidan -- a traditional scary story."

    It included graphic depictions of violence and aborted fetuses, but Miike believed he was staying within the boundaries of acceptability: "I thought that I was right up to the limit of what American television would tolerate. As I was making the film I kept checking to make sure that I wasn't going over the line, but I evidently misestimated."

    After previewing the episode, Mick Garris, the series creator and executive producer, requested that it be edited to tone down the content, but, despite some changes being made, Showtime felt it was too disturbing to air on television. The episode, scheduled to air January 27, 2006, was canceled and became the only one of the series to remain unaired in the United States.moreless
  • Imprinting your mind and soul...

    Imprint is the best episode that I have seen so far of the entire Masters of Horror series. I was impressed and disgusted alike by the story of the afflicted American journalist returning to 18th century Japan to seek out the lovely baishunfu (Japanese prostitute) he promised to take away from that hellish land. What he finds is another woman afflicted by life and a stretched out side lip. She tells him the story of what happened to his beloved although the details are sketchy and she is a sort of unreliable narrator. What impacted me most about Imprint was how Takashi Miike was able to employ a number of emotions in his work-I mean that is what makes a great horror film. In my opinion, a horror movie is most effective if it conveys and delivers a great pallet of emotions to the audience aside from fear and disgust. Imprint delivered sorrow, pity, anger, disgust, fear and a sense of enlightenment. Watch the film and check if maybe you can see what I mean. Domo arigato, Miike-sama.moreless
  • This episode just kept surprising me!

    This was a pretty good episode. Not great, but good. With all the changes about the flashbacks just when you thought you knew the truth, the truth was altered. Which is exactly how storytelling really is in life. In most movies when someone is telling a story it's the truth which is not how it is in real life. In real life, if someone's telling you a story it's probably at least a bit altered.

    The gore was excellent! Even I was clinching! And I'm mostly use to it by now.

    Excellent plotline and extremely well-written. The plot is about an American writer going to find his love, a Japanese prostitute, but instead he comes up empty handed. He does, however, run into a prostitute that claims to have been her friend. She tells him the story of Komomo (his love)'s last few months, with a few lies thrown into the mix.

    If you want to see an episode that shows what "Masters of Horror" is really about plus some extra gore this episode is for you.moreless
  • Not nearly as extreme as some of the stuff we've seen

    I know that this episode is imfamously gruesome but to be totally honest I was more disgusted with Jenifer than with Imprint. Sure you've got the aborted foetuses being thrown everywhere and the girl getting pins shoved into her fingers and eyes, both of which are quite painful to watch but I didn't find it as hard as say watching a woman with a weird face maul a five year old child to death in a basement. Anyway, onto the episode itself, um...I quite liked it. The story is great, and well written, always keeps you guessing. And i like a story like that, detailed and fun to follow. Although I did find most of the actors/actresses voices annoying but that didn't really matter since the story was so great.

    Anyway, by the end of Imprint I was beginning to think "oh crap, I've gotta wait another year for season 2"moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Buckethead song "Imprint (dedicated to Takashi Miike)" on the album Pepper's Ghost was written in honor of this episode.

    • Clips of the torture scene are used in the second season episode "The Screwfly Solution".

    • The teleplay for Masters of Horror: Imprint was written by Daisuke Tengan, based on the novel "Bokkê, kyôtê" (the title of which is in the Okayama dialect of Japanese) by Shimako Iwai. The author of the novel, Shimako Iwai, has a cameo on the movie as the sadistic prostitute that places the needles.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The only episode in the first season not filmed in Canada. It was filmed in Japan.

    • Originally scheduled to air January 27, 2006 on Showtime ( January 28 on Scream in Canada), Imprint was abruptly shelved less than a week from its airdate. Apparently, Showtime executives were extremely unhappy with the episode that was screened for them and determined that that scenes depicted during the episode's broadcast would not be appropriate for their audience.