Gemini (S˘seiji) (1999)
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Another Tsukamoto classic, this time based on an Edogawa Rampo story. As expected, Tsukamoto makes it his own. Creepy, stylish and great.
Fantastic, stylish, and thoughtful period thriller. Directed by Tsukamoto (of "Testuo: The Iron Man" among others) and based on a story by classic mystery author Rampo. Just as cool and rewarding as one would want from that combination. Well worth a look.
Weird, weird movie. Which I am pretty sure is intentional. This movie starts off already as a conundrum but there is definitely something to wait for, because it is a beautiful movie. Then, something happens and I was not sure what to take of it. I think I can flat out say it because it won?t hurt anyone?s take on the movie, but the ?antagonist? at the beginning is wearing a odd costume and does cartwheels to scare someone to death. OK, there is more to it eventually, but it is a odd jab in the early going. Immediately, I start wondering if this is a form of Kabuki or just a kooky Japanese artsy movie.
We?ll the story slowly starts to streamline, but the key thing to this movie is that it is a wonderfully visual movie. What?s on screen and the rhythm of scenes is close to hypnotic. The costumes are great, except for the early baddies even when they are put in context, and the settings too. The performances are, I believe, supposed to be the extremes of reserved and explosive. It makes for some uncomfortable moments, but effective none-the-less. For someone who likes motion pictures with dynamic artistic influence, then this one is a go.
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