Mai-Chan's Daily Life feels like a modern adaptation of a Marquis de Sade tale of a tormented servant who is learning her place in life and as a maid. While it may lack the philosophical guts that a de Sade pictures affords, Daily Life makes up for it with a brutality that isn't exactly off-putting, it's exactly awesome. There's a feeling of claustrophobia and redemption in the work (and not just because Redemption put out the film). Every day our protagonist rises from a broken body to face training that isn't quite Martyrs torture, but maybe evoked a similar, dulled response from me as the viewer.
A little game that I play with modern movies of this type is to imagine who would have shot a similar film in the 70's if the story had existed. I could easily see removing it from its Asian roots to throw it to Jess Franco, soft focus and endless nude scenes balanced with off camera beating that lead to marks of Crayola red smeared on torn bodies. Daily Life is too fancy to be a Grindhouse picture or one that would have enjoyed a run on 42nd Street, but it's also not the kind of feature you'll be talking about at high tea.
The disc includes a two part documentary with behind the scenes footage. The cover artwork is modern and bold, but does not emulate previous releases for the movie nor does it address the origins of the story as a Manga. I would have liked to have seen more about the origins of the story and Waita Uziga, but I may have to search out the actual books themselves to see if they match up with the intensity of the film.
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Based on the popular Manga by Waita Uziga, MAI-CHAN'S DAILY LIFE is a diabolical dark comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. A young woman, Miyako (Akane Miyako) responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the playfully alluring Mai-chan (Koshi Ann). Miyako quickly learns that housecleaning is the least of her duties, as the master (Maruyama Shogo) and his wife (Roman Soako) use the maids as toys in their unbridled erotic fantasies.
Since Mai-chan possesses the uncanny ability to recover from any injury, no matter how severe, every violent desire is indulged, and Miyako soon finds herself actively involved in Mai-chan's horrific destruction (and miraculous resurrection).
Special Features: Original Trailer, “Waita’s Daily Life,” a two-part documentary of behind-the-scenes footage (31 Min.)