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Rampo (1994)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 19 May 1995 (USA)
Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts... See full summary »


Rampo Edogawa (story), Yuhei Enoki | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Motoki ... Kogoro Akechi
Naoto Takenaka ... Edogawa Rampo
Michiko Hada Michiko Hada ... Shizuko
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Masashi Yokomizo
Mikijirô Hira ... Marquis Ogawara
Shirô Sano ... Officer
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Cafe owner
Nekohachi Edoya Nekohachi Edoya ... Antique shop owner
Jun'ichi Takagi Jun'ichi Takagi ... Fujimori
Charlie Yutani Charlie Yutani ... Driver
Kirin Kiki ... House wife / Head of maid
Julie Dreyfus ... Mademoiselle
Yoshio Harada ... Big Star
Kinji Fukasaku Kinji Fukasaku ... Film Director
An Actor An Actor ... Movie Actor


Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of events just like his forbidden story. As the film progresses, fantasy and reality intermingle in a tale that draws heavily on influences from Poe and Stoker's Dracula. The film's strongly Expressionistic direction skillfully combines a variety of media (animation, computer-generated imagery, grainy black-and-white fast film stock, color negatives) for artistic effect. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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So provocative the censors banned it, so powerful it came true.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for images of bizarre sexuality | See all certifications »

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The studio issued two versions of this film following a falling out between the director and producer. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kazuyoshi Okuyama hired Rintaro Mayuzumi to direct this movie and then was not pleased with the results. Okuyama personally reshot about 40% of the movie, re-edited the existing footage and added many surreal elements. There are 6 noteworthy differences between the versions.
  • Bruce Joel Rubin narrates a new introduction in English.
  • Animated short film by Yasuhiro Nagura inserted.
  • Show business party added as new beginning.
  • Original soundtrack was removed.
  • Subliminal frames are edited into footage of the Count's mansion.
  • Special musk fragrance was sprayed in theaters before each showing
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A great movie but not for everyone...
26 October 2004 | by DropURpantzSee all my reviews

This was a wonderful movie, but a bit slow in parts. The beginning tricks you to believe that its a normal movie yet the second half picks up and captivates you till the credits roll.

In all honesty I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone expecting a lot of linear plot action. This movie is for your imagination and that is half the beauty of it. I liked this movie but i recommend watching it with a friend so you have someone to discuss it with when its over, as it can be very confusing in many (if not all) parts.

I give this movie an 8, although it could have been better. Watch it and see for yourself what I mean...

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19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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