Music directorShinji Aoyama Duration LanguageJapanese
Release dateJuly 31, 1999 (1999-07-31) (Japan) Based onEM
by Saki Amemiya WriterMichiko Matsuda (based on the novel by) CastReiko Takashima, Yutaka Matsushige, Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Shiba, Kojiro Hongo, Hitomi Miwa Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, John Wick, Taken 3, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Mission: Impossible II
EM Embalming(EM エンバーミング,EM Enbāmingu) is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Shinji Aoyama, starring Reiko Takashima.
Todd Brown of Twitch Film commented that Shinji Aoyama is creating a subtle parody of the Japanese horror film industry. Stina Chyn of Film Threat noted that EM Embalming is one of the few Japanese horror films that contains actual non-creepy segments. Andy McKeague of Monsters and Critics felt that the film is genuinely unsettling and morbidly fascinating at the same time.
Mike Bracken of IGN criticized the film, saying that EM Embalming's greatest failure is that it often tries to be too many things at once and the film itself is almost as schizophrenic as its antagonist. However, he felt that several sequences of the embalming process are gruesome and extended conversations between Miyako and the black market organ harvester are eerily intriguing.
Meanwhile, Mark Schilling of The Japan Times said: "While verging on a black comic turn, Toshio Shiba's performance as Dr. Fuji is the film's strongest; his dark night of the soul is not just another fashionably blank attitude, but the genuine article, forged in the satanic mills of anger, loathing and despair."