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Masashi Yokomizo
Mikijirô Hira ...
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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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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

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Rated R for images of bizarre sexuality
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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

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The Mystery of Rampo  »

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$305,434 (USA)
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Superb - film-making at its best
2 September 2002 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

One of the most thought-provoking, elegant, and creative films ever made. Those who fail to come to grips with its complexity will be disillusioned by it, and they will be tempted to dismiss it as dense and pretentious. I urge them to view it again and dig deeper. If they persevere, they will find an exquisite film, rich in meaning and subtle in temper. A fantastical tale that speaks directly to man's need for self-expression in a world grown callous and intolerant. This is a deeply satisfying film - a psychological mystery that provides greater riches each time it is viewed. The soundtrack is gloriously evocative and perfectly suited to the film.


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