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as Kogoro Akechi
as Edogawa Rampo
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.
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.
This is a very intriguing, beautifully shot film about a fictionalized version of the great Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo. As the movie progresses, reality blends with the fantasy world inside Rampo's head until neither he nor the viewers know exactly what's real, but it's best not to think too hard and instead allow yourself to be whisked away on a wonderful, bizarre ride through the erotic gothic horror world of Rampo. The story is suspenseful, especially at the climax, but then the ending seems a bit sloppy compared to the rest of the plot, and it doesn't tie everything together as well as it should have.
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