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Kimyô na sâkasu
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Shion Sono (written by)
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Release Date:
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The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Shion Sono 
Writing credits
Shion Sono (written by)

Produced by
Masayuki Fujita .... assistant producer
Kôji Hoshino .... producer
Mizue Kunizane .... planner
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Takahiro Ohno .... assistant producer
Toshihiro Satô .... producer
Toshiie Tomida .... producer
Original Music by
Shion Sono 
Cinematography by
Yûichirô Ohtsuka 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Itô 
Casting by
Mai Sugiyama 
Art Direction by
Yûto Ohba 
Makeup Department
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... special makeup effects and prosthetics
Production Management
Masanori Murase .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shukei Amano .... first assistant director
Takao Kurokawa .... second assistant director
Kyûya Nakagawa .... fourth assistant director
Ryusuke Shinada .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Shin Fukuda .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... moldmaker
Camera and Electrical Department
Aiko Nakano .... still photographer

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Also Known As:
"Kimyô na sâkasu" - Japan (original title)
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108 min
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This film marks the comeback of actress Miyazaki Masumi after a decade off the screen.See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great director, disappointing film, 23 March 2013
Author: Daniel from United States

I came into this as a Sion Sono fan, having seen around 5 others by him. Enjoyed all of them, so I had fairly high expectations for this one, but unfortunately I was disappointed. However, as a fan of him, I think I also know the reason this one didn't work.

As we all know, each director has their own traits and styles throughout their films, as well as various pros and cons. In the case of Sion Sono I feel that he likes to experiment and try a lot of unique and crazy stuff. And such experimentation can lead to a somewhat hit and miss result. I feel that for Sion Sono it's generally a hit, but still the occasional miss. However, this miss in Strange Circus comes at a particularly inopportune time; that is, the ending.

Leading up to that, we have a fairly surreal story about an author who is writing a book with glimpses into the lives of a dysfunctional family. As the story progresses and the end draws near, there are some vague answers given, still leaving the viewer to draw their own conclusions to an extent. And, in my opinion, that's where it should have ended.

But it continues on for about 20-30 more minutes, spiraling into an over-explained and tedious scene that I feel shouldn't have taken place. And this is where the miss is. After giving far too much explanation, it seems to attempt to return to its surreal effect on the viewer with its quote of a character literally asking "which one is the dream?" and its supposed surreal last minute that is unfortunately fairly easy to understand for those experienced with Sono, Lynch, and others.

However, it's not all bad. There are good moments; great moments even. And if you have nothing left of Sion Sono to watch, go for it. There are some very well done visuals, and of course also surrealism, weirdness, and taboos.

But if you're new to Sion Sono, watch something else by him. Or, if you've already seen Strange Circus, watch a second one by him. Love Exposure, Guilty of Romance, and Cold Fish are all great films. Even this one is better than a lot of the films you could find, but it goes last in Sion Sono's list for me. Still looking forward to seeing more by him, though.

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