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March 4, 2017
I first saw this film 20 years ago and it's as mesmerizing now as it was then. Maybe more. Based on a story by the real Rampo, it's also layered with his inner life, the strange life of an author whose characters come to life, and the collapsing world around him (it starts with archival footage of Japan preparing for war). Satisfying and dislocating at the same time.
April 28, 2011
Great trip into the story and the writer at different levels.
March 30, 2010
my favorite moment was the anime part, it has a lot of simbolism that conects with the hole movie
higly recomended
December 4, 2008
great and the new 1 was amazing
September 16, 2008
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.
½ August 5, 2008
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.
½ May 10, 2008
Fantasy, murder, and a sexy woman who's beauty everyone would like to kill for, what more do you want from a movie huh? LOL

This movie was made coincide with the most celebrated mystery writer's 100th Birthday from Japan - Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965) The pseudonym was trying to sound like "Edgar Allan Poe".

The movie was originally shot by Rintaro Mayazumi, but after the producer Kazuyoshi Okuyama saw Mayazumi's version, Okuyama thought the movie has lack a lot of things, so later Okuyama (who has never made movie in his life!) re-shot about 70% of the movie, and the only version everyone sees today.

The movie soundtracks (composed by Akira Senju) was way over-sweet and too dramatic, but I think Czech Philharmonic Orchestra did great performance on their part.

I highly recommend this movie.
April 8, 2008
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.
March 17, 2008
Similar to In the Mouth of Madness, this movie attempts to integrate themes from several pieces of a writer's short fiction into a coherent plot.
November 11, 2007
deeply beautiful and poetic. the soundtrack is fantastic.
October 30, 2007
brilliant and philosophical, integrates multimedia animation with photographic cinematography. It weaves mythology expressed in animation with reality when the author slips into his alter ego. Scenes are poetically beautiful and memorable.
October 25, 2007
I first saw the edited version and then saw the unedited. Quite a difference. I liked the edited version better. But it was good. The music was awesome.
½ September 14, 2007
I think only a writer/artist can really appreciate the deeper meaning in this film.
½ September 7, 2007
The horror of Japan's imperial misadventures in Asia gets sublimated into the erotic horror stories of Japan's Edagawa Rampo (Edgar Allen Poe). One of the few Japanese narrative films I'm aware of that even glancingly acknowledges the atrocities Hirohito authorized during the Pacific War.
July 31, 2007
A Japanese experiment that actually incorporated sight, sound AND smell in the theatres. It crosses genres and blends styles of cinema into an elegant tribute to the writer, Rampo. Gorgeous score by Akira Senju.
½ July 2, 2007
alex vavich introduced me to it- i well... don't know if i should of been scared or disgusted. it's truly something though.. watch it with me sometime?
½ June 26, 2007
One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen.

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June 23, 2007
Preciosa, compleja, con una fotografia,banda sonora y edicion muy logradas. Llena de excesos y laberintos,tal como la obra de Rampo. Un excelente homenaje a Edogawa Rampo Sensei.
½ June 18, 2007
The only thing i remember about this film is the music, great visuals, and fantastic music.
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