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Release Date:
13 June 2003 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Issho ni, jigoku ni ikimashô
Plot:
A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 

Produced by
Shin'ichi Kawahara .... associate producer
Keiko Kusakabe .... distribution producer
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chu Ishikawa 
 
Cinematography by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Zenya Ohara 
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Production Design by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Costume Design by
Hiroko Iwasaki 
 
Makeup Department
Hidemi Fukuyama .... makeup artist
Takashi Oda .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Hidemi Fukuyama .... production manager
Hiroki Hattori .... assistant production manager
Kiyo Joo .... overseas manager
Hirota Sagae .... assistant production manager
Wakahide Yamashita .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Koide .... assistant director
Hisakatsu Kuroki .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tomoko Chiba .... assistant art director
Yoichi Hirose .... assistant art director
Aya Koshiga .... assistant art director
Yûko Nakamura .... assistant art director
Yuki Nishimiya .... assistant art director
Masao Yamamoto .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Masaya Kitada .... sound effects editor
Akira Nakano .... sound recordist
Shô Rizawa .... sound opticals
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects editor
Yuji Tagami .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Satoshi Hayashi .... special effects
Yûichi Karasawa .... gun effects
Kuri Kumazawa .... special effects makeup
Gen Nakamura .... special effects
Takashi Oda .... dummy effects
Susumu Sano .... special effects makeup
Azuma Takano .... special effects makeup
Mitsuki Yoshida .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masafumi Adachi .... assistant photographer
Kaori Satô .... assistant camera
Takayuki Shida .... assistant photographer
Michiyo Tenma .... still photographer
Keisuke Yoshida .... assistant camera
Kyôko Yuri .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yuka Katô .... costume producer
Nenko Kawano .... costume production assistant
Masako Kuga .... costume production assistant
Hiroko Yamazaki .... costume producer
 
Editorial Department
Shunei Fukano .... assistant editor
Masaharu Oomi .... colour timing
Naoki Osada .... negative cutter
Seiji Satô .... colour timing
Kiyomi Watarai .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Masaharu Sekiguchi .... opticals
Teruo Tsuda .... title designer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rokugatsu no hebi" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and some violence
Runtime:
77 min | Canada:77 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Snake of June Movie Review, 28 November 2007
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com

Just as twistedly brilliant as Tetsuo, though slightly less hyperkinetic, Tsukamoto's A Snake of June explores similar themes of repressed sexuality and contrasting worlds, but with a far more linear plot line. Though metallic phallus imagery and psychosexual encounters do make an appearance.

When suicide hotline counselor Rinko (Asuka Kurosawa) receives explicit photos of herself from a mysterious caller, she is thrown into a depraved game of hidden fantasies and unrestrained sexual desire. As the voyeuristic stalker becomes determined to alter her passionless life, Rinko's compulsively clean husband Shigehiko (Yuji Koutari) attempts to hunt him down and the three disillusioned soul's paths will inevitably intertwine.

Tsukamoto's visual style is unmistakably daring and A Snake of June is no exception. Bathed in blue to suggest the unrelenting presence of water, the images created are painstakingly crafted and unforgettably bizarre. Close-ups of snails, drains, and circular windows mix with frantic shots of action and nightmarishly surreal dreams pepper reality. Far more linear than some of Tsukamoto's previous efforts, there's still plenty of hallucinatory imagery to comprehend, most memorably the sex show dream sequence accenting the themes of voyeurism and the contrast of viewing the organic through circles. Frenetic editing and dizzying camera-work also strive to keep this thriller from ever slowing down, and even during extended single shots on a stationary subject, the camera refuses to stay put, heightening the sense of voyeurism and paranoia. Even in the chapter breaks Tsukamoto's maddeningly creative artistry is at work as curious symbols denote the passing of time and the gradual joining of figures.

To match the delirious visuals is a fantastically diverse array of sound effects and music from composer Chu Ishikawa. Unending rain echoes in every scene and foreboding strings alternate the mood from morose to morbid, yet there's always a calming satisfaction from the violins. Percussive tribalistic music heavy with the sounds of clanging metal enhances the tense scenes of violence and operatic tones waft through the more surrealistic segments.

With disturbing imagery reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead (but with more meaningful parallels and less unexplained randomness), A Snake of June is a brilliant examination of voyeurism, buried desires, and suppressed passion through the looking glass of a twisted genius. Tsukamoto again proves he is the master of the sadistically surreal and has long since passed his American counterparts in both style and presentation.

- Joel Massie

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