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Sôseiji (1999)

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A successful doctor, Yukio's picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio's wife.



(screenplay), (short story "Sôseiji: Aru shikeishû ga kyôkaishi ni uchiaketa hanashi")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukio Daitokuji / Sutekichi
Ryô ...
Yasutaka Tsutsui ...
Yukio's Father
Masako Motai ...
Renji Ishibashi ...
Beggar Monk
Akaji Maro ...
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Middle-aged Patient
Young Patient
Yukito Mizoguchi ...
Eri Yu ...
(as Eri Yû)
Hisako Ôkata ...
Yuriko Hiro'oka ...
Yuki Inomata ...
Sujin Kim ...
Hiromi Kuronuma


Yukio is living a charmed life: he is a respected young doctor with a successful practice and a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife is suffering from amnesia, and her past is unknown. Things begin to fall apart, however, when both his parents die suddenly, killed by a mysterious stranger with Yukio's face. Only when Yukio confronts this stranger will the mystery of his identity, and his wife's past, be revealed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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15 September 1999 (Japan)  »

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Story of a doctor and his wife is one of the creepiest films I've seen in years. Its a perfect marriage of sound and image for maximum uneasy effect
20 August 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Shinya Tsukamoto, the man behind the Tetsuo films, Snake of June and Tokyo Fist takes on Edogawa Rampo story and turns in one of the most perfect marriages of sound and image I've ever run across not to mention one of the creepiest films I've seen in a very very long time.

Yukio is a famous doctor who won fame treating the war wounded. He is much in demand by the wealthy and so has little time for the poor in a nearby slum where the plague has been running rampant. Yukio is also recently married to a young woman he met by the riverside and who is suffering from amnesia.Soon a dark figure is lurking about and after Yukio's father dies under mysterious and unnatural circumstances things begin to take a turn for the worse.

What can I say? This is a creepy little thriller that will haunt you and keep you feeling off balance. Every shot seems to have been perfectly designed for maximum beauty. The soundtrack is a wonderful mixture of sound and music calculated to give the sense of things being not right. The effect of the sound plus the image is a sense of dread and unease even when there is nothing out of the ordinary in the frame, few thrillers or horror films have ever been able to make you feel so off by doing so little.

Adding to it all is the plot which I'm told takes the Rampo story as a jumping off point and then spins it out with new complications. Give it big points for its ability to keep you guessing as to what is going on even if you know whats going on. Having read on the film I knew what was happening and yet I still had to entertain numerous other possibilities. This movie masterfully makes you wonder about what is real and what is not.

I really liked this movie great deal. I don't know if its fully on its own terms or simply that its not another Japanese or Asian horror film with a long hair female ghost lurking about, honestly I don't care because the film is just so damn good it wouldn't really matter anyway.

See this movie.

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