James Mudge’s Best and Most Disappointing Films of 2012

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Erika Sawajiri in Helter Skelter (2012) Movie Image

Helter Skelter (Best)

Quite possibly the year’s best looking and most hysterical film, “Helter Skelter” marked the return of Japanese director and photographer Ninagawa Mika some 5 years after her colourful debut “Sakuran”. Based on a manga, the film also sees the return of controversial and gorgeous actress Sawajiri Erika in an over the top and frequently insane look at the Japanese entertainment industry, packing in madness, sex and black market plastic surgery. Visually arresting and mind-bending throughout, though open to accusations of style over substance, it’s a film which sears itself into the mind and eyeballs.

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