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I.K.U. (2001)





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Taiwanese-born experimental filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang directs this dizzying computer-enhanced sci-fi cyber-porn flick. A pun that roughly translates from Japanese as "I'm coming!", the title aptly sets the film's orgasmic tone. The story, as such, revolves around the GENOM Corporation, which has started mass-producing sexbots for the lofty purpose of bettering humankind's sexual development. Reiko (Tokitoh Ayumu) is one such cyborg; her body being one giant "Gen-XXX IKU Coder" hard drive, she is burdened with the task of collecting "orgasm data" by shagging everything that moves. Set against some brilliantly bizarre digitally-animated set pieces, the film's characters couple, triple, and so forth with remarkable indifference to gender, species, or physiological make-up. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for I.K.U.

All Critics (4)

It's as if the producers were ashamed of what they were up to, and thought they could disguise it by blanketing the thing with the trappings of science fiction.

Full Review… | August 5, 2002

It's more of a visual 'conversation piece' than a cohesive story, but it's most assuredly for adults only!

Full Review… | July 23, 2002

If I.K.U. isn't the ultimate "adult" party film, I don't know what is.

July 7, 2002

Audience Reviews for I.K.U.

Somewhere between pornography, science fiction, and avant-garde cinema, there is I.K.U., Taiwanese multimedia artist Shu Lea Cheang's cyberpunk exploration of desire and identity that unfortunately lacks the cohesion and sense that would make it truly provocative.

Al Miller
Al Miller

I'm not sure how I found out about this, but this was totally not a sci-fi flick. This was kind of like a porn. It was much weirder, though. I'm not sure what the story was, they kept flashing pieces of the plot up, but I didn't really get any of that from the scenes... I think it might have been in English too, but without subtitles you have no clue what they're saying. Not that they are saying anything worth hearing. The flashing around to different scenes and angles was interesting, but it just made this a weird experimental-ish movie. I'm sure the director's intention was how much crazy fetish weirdness can we put in this. It's kind of like a video game at times. The bad part is that if they would have just added some basic plot items down in something other than word flashes, this might have been an interesting movie. I'm kind of clueless what this was about after watching it.

John Trifiletti
John Trifiletti

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