RARE: A Dead Person 2 DVD
"Japanese shockumentary showcasing the aftermaths of vehicular accidents and murders, as well as an vehicular slaughter and gas explosion. Follow-up to RARE: A Dead Person." - TMDB
"My friend and I went out of our way to add this on letterboxd and I'm going to take advantage of that to talk about this.
This feels like something that you shouldn't be watching by the end of it. Perhaps this was a bit much for an introduction to this genre of film making, but I don't exactly regret watching it. This isn't the first Tsurisaki Kiyotaka film I've seen. A few years ago I sat down and watched Orozco the Embalmer, and even though you are met with similar imagery in that, it pales in comparison to how this makes you feel. Orozco tells a narrative, there's a conversation to be had about it. At the end of the day you are following a man who's trying to make a living in an incredibly poor country, there's social commentary present. I'd be willing to say that I enjoyed it.
Here, though one could argue that there are undertones of poverty due to the setting of the film and how these bodies are handled, I doubt that is the message the director is trying to get across. The guerrilla style of filming really just throws you into the action, you become uncomfortably familiar with each body as it is filmed and eventually handled by authorities. We did not have access to subtitles, so perhaps I missed out on the conversations had between those involved, but I'm not sure if that would have changed the viewing experience all that much.
This feels like an extended cut of things you'd find on bestgore.com or something but without much context. I found that I could handle a majority of this film pretty well, it was shocking but seeing as almost every body shown was an adult either cleanly murdered, killed as an act of self defense, or in some sort of motor vehicle accident it was easy on the conscience. There was an exception to this though.
The last fifteen minutes of this film easily takes the cake for the worst thing I've ever seen. I think the worst part about it aside from the fact that the corpse was rotting and bloated unlike the rest of the bodies showcased here is that morally it is so incredibly vile to watch as this was a child who was clearly raped. Seeing the body moved only made things worse.
This whole thing is an endurance test and I do not recommend it to anyone unless they know what they are getting into. I'm not even going to rate this because I genuinely don't know how to feel about it. If I ever rewatch this I highly doubt I will want to watch the last segment of it. That said, I think it's a pretty unique piece of media to own and I have a feeling I will try to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy in time." - Frank H. Good Dude, 10/10