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Rampo (1994)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  19 May 1995 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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Edogawa Rampo
Michiko Hada ...
Shizuko
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Masashi Yokomizo
Mikijirô Hira ...
Marquis Ogawara
Shirô Sano ...
Officer
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Cafe owner
Nekohachi Edoya ...
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Jun'ichi Takagi ...
Fujimori
Charlie Yutani ...
Driver
Kirin Kiki ...
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Mademoiselle
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Big Star
Kinji Fukasaku ...
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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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A Beautiful Film to Watch
10 July 2000 | by (va, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Mystery of Rampo" with its lush colors, mysterious and sensual (Michiko Hada is simply captivating) storyline, and dream-like sequences is the most beautiful film I've seen in the last 10 years. Every scene in this film could be framed and sold as an art poster. I don't want to give the impression that this movie is simply another demonstration of "form over substance," there is a story to tell here, a strange one worthy of Rampo ("the Japanese Edgar Allen Poe") himself, but what really makes this film stand out is the way it unfolds: the direction and cinematography are innovative. There may be many who fault this movie on its really weird/kinky/convoluted plot -- but this is one film I could watch over and over again.


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