A fatal skin disease forces a beautiful actress to retire from the screen. She puts a sinister plan into motion to transplant her brain into her own daughter Sakura. She hears her mother's ... See full summary »

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Rie Imamura ...
Uehara Sakura
Lisa Akikawa ...
Uehara Matsuko (as Risa Akikawa)
Mie Yoshida ...
Wakakusa Izumi
Chihiro Tago ...
Tanigawa Masahiko
Naoko Amihama ...
Tanigawa Kazuyo
Shinya Kashima ...
Lieutenant Takamatsu
Tatsuya Go ...
Doctor Edmond Meredith
Mélissa ...
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Ai Kobayashi ...
Ryouko
Kazuo Umezu ...
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A fatal skin disease forces a beautiful actress to retire from the screen. She puts a sinister plan into motion to transplant her brain into her own daughter Sakura. She hears her mother's unbelievable confession of her past, tries to escape in vain. After the horrible operation, she starts a new life as a normal little girl. And she seduces the piano teacher, tries to inherit her mother's properties.... Then a police detective who is suspicious of her mother's sudden disappearance starts sniffing around her... Written by Edgar Schoville

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Extremely Cronenbergesque
9 February 2002 | by (Nowhere interesting) – See all my reviews

If you are familiar with the films of that weirdass Canuck, David Cronenberg (as I am) you will recognize that they have incorporated his staple clichés all over this movie. Transformation of the body, the "new flesh", alternate realities, etc....the whole enchilada. Even the brain-transplant machine looks like it stepped out of one of his movies. You make of that what you will, I'm just flabbergasted. Weird, sick, depraved, somewhat slow-moving. If you're "turned off" by movies by Greenaway, Cronenberg, or Lynch you'd better stay well away from this one. However, if you are the sort wo can sit through BOXING HELENA without flinching, this is your cup of tea.


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