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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 fine tribute to a great and complex writer
26 October 1999 | by GrandSee all my reviews

This is a fitting tribute to Edogawa Rampo, one of the greatest horror/suspense writers of the 20th century. He so keenly admired Edgar Allan Poe that he effaced his own name and personality and adopted Poe's (say "Edogawa Rampo" a few times quickly and you'll see that it is a Japanese pronunciation of the name of the great American writer). Rampo wrote so few works that it is wonderful that a film like this should be made about him, or rather, about his persona -- it is the only way that most people will be able to appreciate his deeply complex personality. (To be perfectly honest, having long ago read Rampo's "The Human Chair," and had its utterly unspeakable terribleness burned into his consciousness, this writer was GREATLY suspicious of the seats in the theater where this film was shown -- THAT is the sort of impact Rampo and his work can have on the mind!)

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