I've watched a fair number of flicks in the Tomie series, and I'll be brutally honest with you: I have absolutely no idea what in the hell is going on. I have the basics down pat, but if you ask me anything specific about the character and her ability to come back from the dead time and time again, I'm just as confused as the next guy. Of course, that doesn't prevent me from enjoying the franchise, even when I know I'm watching pure, unadulterated garbage. I'm a cinematic sadist, which probably explains why I currently own all of the films on DVD. Yes, even Noboru Iguchi's Tomie: Unlimited, a film that's equal parts horror flick and psychedelic mind fuck. I'm not sure what I just watched, but I like it.
Here's the story in a nutshell: Tsukiko, a shy high school photographer, lives in the shadow of her hot older sister, Tomie. Unfortunately for those who love hot girls in schoolgirl outfits, Tomie suddenly meets her make when a rogue piece of metal from a construction site finds a new home in her neck. However, one year later, Tomie magically appears on their doorstep, although she's a bit rougher around the edges than she was before the freak accident. Nobody seems to care that Tomie died a year ago, and they welcome her back into the family with open arms. Tsukiko, meanwhile, has her doubts about her sister's unexpected resurrection, especially when her father's hair-sniffing obsession ultimately results in Tomie's impossibly violent demise. Again. And that's where things get really odd.
Tomie: Unlimited definitely won't appeal to everyone. In fact, I'd say that roughly 75 percent of those who decide to approach this madness will dismiss it as a complete waste of time. However, those familiar with Iguchi's output (The Machine Girl, Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead) will appreciate and accept the insanity at face value. While it's not as a gory as the eccentric, ass-obsessed filmmaker's previous efforts, the flick still delivers an abundance of pure unchecked insanity. The final 30 minutes will completely spin your head around, and it's best to approach the last act as though it was written while under the influence of illicit street narcotics. I'm not sure how Tomie purists feel about Iguchi's entry in the long-running series, as it's definitely a bit more outlandish and over the top than its predecessors. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on your feelings about the franchise as a whole.
Here's the good news - Amazon Prime offers Tomie: Unlimited for free on its streaming service.