Tag dual-format Blu-ray/DVD

Monday, 20 November 2017 08:00

Tag - ouit now on Blu-rayA few minutes into “Tag”, my jaw was on the flaw and I did not know whether to laugh, scream or reach for the sick bucket. I settled mostly on laughing, having immediately skipped back to re-watch a particularly shocking scene again, and make sure I had not imagined it. The film contains some seriously disturbing imagery, but nothing quite matches the opening. School girls, buckets of blood and bewilderment are high on the agenda.

Mitsuko (Reina Treindl) is on a school coach trip when a bizarre disaster strikes. Fleeing for her life from an unknown threat, she bumps into her classmates who she thought were dead, at an unfamiliar school. They think Mitsuko is suffering from amnesia but soon realise something terrible is going on. This Japanese horror movie by director Sion Sono (“Suicide Club”) wants to shock you but also make you think.

It is a while since I have watched an out-there Oriental film, and “Tag” reminded me why I love them so much. To a Westerner used to Western content, the movie is a breath of fresh air. Chaos, an apparent absence of logic and extreme gore abound, juxtaposed with moments of calm, sweet sentimentality.

The big question, “What the hell is going on?!” is answered at the end of the film (more or less), simultaneously tying together smaller questions like why the entire cast is female. Whether you find it satisfactory or not is possibly irrelevant as long as you have enjoyed the wild ride up to that point. I certainly did.

If you have a low taste threshold (for example, you do not like blood or are disgusted by exploitative shots of school girl characters in obscenely short skirts), stay away but otherwise, I recommend “Tag” to gore-hounds seeking something a bit different.

The bonus content only stretches to a trailer (spoilers!) and optional English subtitles. The HD picture quality is pretty good, including copious sweeping shots apparently taken by drones. The music is effective if a little repetitive, and suspiciously close to the title theme from The Walking Dead!

“Tag” (2015) is out now on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD (two discs), courtesy of Eureka. The main feature has a running time of 85 minutes approx, carries an '18' certificate and retails for £17.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com


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