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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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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fitting title, 20 March 2008
Author: polysicsarebest from IN

For the first 30 minutes or so of Strange Circus, you might be fooled into thinking you're going to be watching a linear story of child abuse, weird sex, cello cases, and circuses. Then, throughout the next 30 minutes, you wait and wait, hoping that the story of an insane, schizophrenic, handicapped woman who is writing a novel might lead to some compelling connection with the first part of the film. Finally, at the last 30 minutes, you grow frustrated that nothing adds up, nothing makes any sense, and you've just wasted 90 minutes of your life on what feels like a director making up a plot as he goes along.

I'm no stranger to this kind of cinema, and I am also familiar with this director's other works, so I kind of knew what to expect going into this. However, as the plot teeters from needlessly complex to just needless, I couldn't help but feel that the director himself didn't know what was happening in this film, throwing in twist after twist near the end for no good reason than to make the film more, um, "strange".

This film is loaded with some great imagery such as class rooms filled with bloody walls and a coffin filled with flowers that is set on fire. There are even some disturbing, thought-provoking sequences peppered throughout, and I'm not usually disturbed in the slightest by anything in films. The acting and music are fine all around. The pacing of film can be a bit disorienting, though the hyperkinetic editing won't be shocking to anyone familiar with these types of movies. Basically, without spoiling the plot, I'll say that the film is told in a completely nonlinear fashion, jumping from past to present to future without any regard to the viewer, and it is a deeply convoluted plot involving a) a principal having sex with his daughter and b) the loss of identity.

It's definitely worth a watch, though don't expect to walk out of this one understanding anything. I typically hate the term "Lynch-like", but a lot of the film will seem familiar to Lynch fans, as it explores many themes Lynch has been trying to cram down our throats for the past decade. Though whereas Lynch makes nonsense compelling and somehow holds his films together by a thread, the nonsense here is simply that -- nonsensical.

Not a terrible film by any stretch of the imagination and actually quite compelling for most of the running length. A shame about the final half hour or so, though. I often see this film recommended to fans of challenging cinema -- I dunno, this film didn't really challenge me, it just frustrated me. Worth a look.

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