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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yukio Daitokuji / Sutekichi
Ryô ...
Rin
Yasutaka Tsutsui ...
Yukio's Father
Masako Motai ...
Shige
Renji Ishibashi ...
Beggar Monk
Akaji Maro ...
Kakubê
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Middle-aged Patient
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Young Patient
Yukito Mizoguchi ...
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Eri Yu ...
(as Eri Yû)
Hisako Ôkata ...
Taki'e
Yuriko Hiro'oka ...
Toshiko
Yuki Inomata ...
Suzu
Sujin Kim ...
Detective
Hiromi Kuronuma
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
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Edgar Allen Poe filtered through a japanese cyberpunk lense
17 October 2000 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is based on a story by Edogawa Rampo, a japanese writer who was so enamoured of Edgar Allen Poe that he even took on his name. This Film is the best evidence I've seen of Poe heavy influence. The twins, the well, the wife.... at times I was reminded of "Tell-Tale Heart", "Cask of Amontillado" and "Fall of the House of Usher". Yet the film's art direction and directorial style took these themes in brilliant new directions. I loved the sound design in the early part of the film using Bulgarian(?) female chorus voices to punctuate the terror of the dark house as the wife searches for the father-in-law. The hair and make-up on the wife made her both beautiful and poisonous at the same time. A uniquely creepy film.


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