Za ginipiggu 4: Manhoru no naka no ningyo (Guinea Pig 4: Mermaid in the Manhole) (1988)

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A real surprise for fans of the notorious series, this fourth installment is a literate, even poetic piece of Sadean grotesquerie from director/artist Hideshi Hino. Shigeru Saikai stars as Hayashi, an artist who gets his inspiration from a sewer near his home. One day, as he is wandering around the tunnels, he is surprised to see a mermaid (Tsuyoshi Toshishige) caught in the muck. Hayashi takes the mermaid home and keeps her in his bathtub, intending to paint her portrait. But she begins to rot -- slowly at first, then more completely until her agony is excruciating. She begs Hayashi to kill her, but to paint her sorrow first. He does so, capturing her pain on his canvas until the final moments. Hino's film is a departure from the previous episodes (despite telling an admittedly nauseating story in graphic detail) in that it has a heart. More psychological splatterpunk than straight horror, Za Ginipiggu 4 is touching in a most peculiar way, and is not generally considered part of the series. The next installment, Za Ginipiggu 5: Peter No Akuma No Joi-san (1992), was an even bigger surprise -- a comedy. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Horror
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Critic Reviews for Za ginipiggu 4: Manhoru no naka no ningyo (Guinea Pig 4: Mermaid in the Manhole)

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Audience Reviews for Za ginipiggu 4: Manhoru no naka no ningyo (Guinea Pig 4: Mermaid in the Manhole)

½

Probably the most ambitious of all the guinea pig movies, more of a sad film than a shock fest. Of course, plenty of gross effects to go along for the ride, but there is a strong melancholic sensation in the story.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

When it comes to originality this movie certainly deserves some gold stars, but I think it was the pace that put me off of the movie more so than anything else. I found it incredibly slow and even when things did happen I had become so desensitised by the atmosphere that I was not as shocked as I was relieved that something was happening at all. On screen the leads had wondeful chemistry but at the basis of this movie is a story of love and want, rather than anything else. A good movie in its own right, but not my favorite of the guinea pig series although certainly one of the most original and tragic.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

I decided that my first Guinea Pig experience would be this one because it sounded like it had more of a plot and an interesting one at that. Well the story is certainly unique and it's definitely gross but it's about 20 minutes too long and made just a little too much on the cheap.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

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