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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
So provocative the censors banned it, so powerful it came true.
Did You Know?
The studio issued two versions of this film following a falling out between the director and producer. See more
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