Rampo (1995)





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Edogawa Rampo -- a pen name that is also a homonym in Japanese for Edgar Allen Poe -- amassed a major cult following after writing a series of short stories that masterly meld the erotic and the grotesque. Unlike previous films about of his work -- such as Noboru Tanaka's masterful Stroller in the Attic -- this piece is not so much an adaptation of his work than a dreamlike vision of his inner workings. Set during the 1930s, Rampo (Naoto Takenaka), after learning that his piece Osei Tojo was … More



as Kogoro Akechi

as Edogawa Rampo

as Shizuko

as Masashi Yokomizo

as Marquis Ogawara
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Stylish puzzlebox romance about Edogawa Rampo, Japan's answer to Edgar Allan Poe. in Okuyama's film, Rampo becomes infatuated with a femme fatale, who may or may not be a character he has created, and pursues her across the literary/reality divide in the person of his fictious alter-ego. Tricky material played relatively straight, through overlapping reenactments of famous Rampo stories, without any of the PoMo snarkiness of Charlie Kaufman or the bitter cynicism of Woody Allen. Definitely unique.

Gil Gershman

Lovely, mysterious, and evocative -- A character study in which the author's grotesque and pulpish creations wander in and out of his life. Has a peculiarly foggy sex scene in which several pornographic movies are superimposed, with shadows superimposed upon THEM, finally with real sex superimposed on it all. Art direction and photography are superb.

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