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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
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
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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Also Known As:
"Rokugatsu no hebi" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and some violence
77 min | Canada:77 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Masterly cinema but subject matter and style that will repel many, 16 June 2003
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

For serious film acolytes only, or others who like to have their brains twisted into a heap. Don't be tempted by the flagrant advertising of kinky erotica and gratuitous violence unless you are prepared to endure a plot that would have Kubrick and Lynch scrabbling for a storyline that makes sense, images that make your nerves cringe like knifeblades squealing on glass, and an evocation of politically incorrect emotions that would allow a psychiatrist to put you in the same wing as Jack the Ripper.

From the man who brought you Tetsuo <cue references that put your cult film fan status under the blue light detector>, which was the story about a man who becomes part-metal and unleashes his transformation in a grotesque, unambiguously sexually symbolic, and very violent way, comes this latest release by someone many will hate to admit is a director of very considerable talent. Making you wonder what is acceptable in art for art's sake, Director Shinya Tsukamoto has no shortage of material to help you push the limits, and he takes lead roles in his own films as well as those of others. Recently he starred in Ichi the Killer, a film that divided critics with it's apparently 'pointless' violence - but the artistry was in making the film as an exact copy of a 'manga' cartoon, right down to the extensively faithful bloodletting and chopped up body parts. OK, you get the picture of the sort of weird world Tsukamoto works with . ..

So what about Snake of June? Firstly the 'story' (I won't tell you enough to spoil it, but skip this para if you like to be shocked without much prior warning haha). Rinko, a woman who works as a bored and frustrated telephone cousellor - a sort of Samaritans line - is blackmailed by a former caller. She 'helped him into wanting to live' and now he is going to 'help' her to release her inhibitions and become 'the person she really is'. The blackmailer has pictures of her masturbating and in exchange for the negatives forces her to do various acts, like wearing a mini-skirt in public with no knickers, and on to various things with vibrators and buying vegetables. Her balding husband, with whom our initial sympathies lie, shows a sexist selfishness when Rinko needs an operation. Meanwhile the blackmailer, as all blackmailers do, takes things further but not perhaps in the way you might expect.

On the plus side, Snake in June, like Tetsuo, carries some of the most powerfully shot images of modern cinema. In classic blue-tinted monochrome, each frame is composed with the skill of an auteur. The haunting sets of rain-sodden alleyways, first rate acting, ingenious story chapters, and perhaps the challenging way in which our sympathies are reversed, all raise it above the level of fantasy porn. On the downside, many will find the style and storyline inaccessible or unbearable (although most males and some females may find the shockingly convincing erotic scenes worth the ordeal). You'll never forget the rain. You'll never forget the face of Rinko in orgasm. But will it be a memory you'll linger over?

I'm giving this film 8/10 because for serious film goers it perhaps offers a thought provoking example in an unusual genre, and expertly made. But it also contains much that some people will wish they had never seen, and much that will cause some people to walk out rather than endure the whole 77 minutes.

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