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Rampo (1994)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiko Hada ...
Masashi Yokomizo
Mikijirô Hira ...
Marquis Ogawara
Shirô Sano ...
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Cafe owner
Nekohachi Edoya ...
Antique shop owner
Jun'ichi Takagi ...
Charlie Yutani ...
House wife / Head of maid
Big Star
Kinji Fukasaku ...
Film Director
Movie Actor


Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of events just like his forbidden story. As the film progresses, fantasy and reality intermingle in a tale that draws heavily on influences from Poe and Stoker's Dracula. The film's strongly Expressionistic direction skillfully combines a variety of media (animation, computer-generated imagery, grainy black-and-white fast film stock, color negatives) for artistic effect. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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So provocative the censors banned it, so powerful it came true.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for images of bizarre sexuality




Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mystery of Rampo  »

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$305,434 (USA)

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Rampo takes film artistry to the highest level.
25 June 1999 | by (Palo Alto, California) – See all my reviews

The plot was probably too complicated for most film critics and caused a short theatre run in most cities, but favorable word-of-mouth from videotape viewers continues to spread. I was stunned by the beauty and imagination of the cinematography and musical score. The acting was sensitive and intelligent, particularly by the sensual Michiko Hata as lead actress. More became clear about the nuances of the story during my second and third viewings. I hope that "Team Rampo" and/or others try to make more bold films like this !!!

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