A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi) (2002)
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Critic Reviews for A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi)
A tripartite mystery that drips with sexual tension, A Snake of June is all at once erotic thriller, through-the-keyhole peepshow, schizophrenic psychodrama, X-ray view of human pathologies, and strange romance.
Any notion of Snake commenting on sexual repression in Japan is lost amid the nonsense.
Audience Reviews for A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi)
Mweh.. this is typically a movie written and directed by a man (don't worry, I'm not a raging feminist), so annoying. It totally missed it's goal. It's about the woman, taking control of her sexuality, or that's the intention I think, but how she's coaxed into doing this is utterly ridiculous. That really is all I have to say about this movie.
Another creepy and unsettling Japanese drama from director Tsukamoto (Jijii from Ichi The Killer) who's brought such wonderful family classics such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Shot in black and white then washed in blue, the film is absolutely soaked in water--constant rain, sinks and showers, all running down into various drains. This is a wet, wet film; well, June is the rainy season in Japan, apparently. An extremely art-house film, with experimental-type camerawork and editing that makes it hard to follow at times...hell...most of the time. Still, the visual style sets the tone for a story that centers around various taboos in Japan. The tone of the film, a mixed bag of pink films and film noir, suggests that the whole thing is headed for a bitterly tragic doom.
I'm guessing if you sent David Lynch to Japan to remake Saw this is what you'd get. Stylish, puzzling and pretty fucked up. I hated the better part of the first hour and nearly cursed this movie's existence. That metal dick thing was... I'm sure explainable only in Japanese. The more I think about it the more I like it. A Snake of June is very erotic and reasonably sexy (the Japanese she-mullet thing was a little rough.) Not amazing but definitely worth checking out.
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