Masahiro Motoki
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto Cast: Masahiro Motoki
Masahiro Motoki
, Ryo
, Yasutaka Tsutsui
Yasutaka Tsutsui
Shinya Tsukamoto

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Shinya Tsukamoto's latest work is a bit of a departure for the director of such over-the-top cult films as Tetsuo: Iron Man (1989). Though punctuated by his trademark kinetic camera work, this moody gothic horror film has the sort of brittle formalism more common in Japanese domestic dramas of the 1940s and 1950s. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji (Masahiro Motoki) is a well-to-do doctor living in a wealthy neighborhood located near a shantytown. He lives in a gorgeous old house along with his father, mother, and beautiful young wife Rin (Ryo). The couple seems happy, but Rin's lack of a past, due to amnesia, is a source of anxiety for the socially conscious doctor. The rigid respectability of the couple's upstanding bourgeois life shatters when a bizarre rag-wearing man kills off Daitokuji's parents in sudden and gruesome manners. The terror gets ratcheted up a notch when the mysterious assailant throws Daitokuji into a deep well on the family grounds and then reveals himself to be physically identical to the young doctor. The stranger assumes Daitokuji's identity by making passionate love with his wife and threatening to kill his patients. Tsukamoto brilliantly juxtaposes the oppressive opulence of the upper class, characterized by deathly silences and Kubrick-like compositions, with the grubby, desperate world of the slums, whose residents could have populated The Road Warrior (1981). While Tsukamoto's fascination with revenge, doppelgangers, and male rage, as seen in Tokyo Fist (1995) and Bullet Ballet (1998), are clearly present in this work, it also showcases the director's growing stylistic maturity. This film was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2020
UPC: 0843276020996
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Mondo Macabro
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 51,531

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Masahiro Motoki Dr. Yukio Daitokuji/Sutehiko
Ryo Rin
Yasutaka Tsutsui Actor
Shiho Fujimura Actor
Akaji Maro Actor
Naoto Takenaka Actor
Renji Ishibashi Actor
Tadanobu Asano Actor

Technical Credits
Shinya Tsukamoto Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Screenwriter
Yasuhiko Furusato Executive Producer
Chu Ishikawa Score Composer
Shibazaki Kenji Sound/Sound Designer
Michiko Kitamura Costumes/Costume Designer
Toshiaki Nakazawa Executive Producer
Futoshi Nishimura Producer
Takashi Sasaki Production Designer
Yohei Taneda Production Designer
Tomoyuki Tsuruoka Associate Producer

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