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Sôseiji (1999)

A successful doctor, Yukio's picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio's wife.

Director:

Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Writers:

Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay), Rampo Edogawa (short story "Sôseiji: Aru shikeishû ga kyôkaishi ni uchiaketa hanashi")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Motoki ... Yukio Daitokuji / Sutekichi
Ryô Ryô ... Rin
Yasutaka Tsutsui Yasutaka Tsutsui ... Yukio's Father
Masako Motai ... Shige
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi ... Beggar Monk
Akaji Maro ... Kakubê
Tomorô Taguchi Tomorô Taguchi ... Middle-aged Patient
Jun Murakami ... Young Patient
Yukito Mizoguchi Yukito Mizoguchi ... Child
Eri Yu Eri Yu ... (as Eri Yû)
Hisako Ôkata Hisako Ôkata ... Taki'e
Yuriko Hirooka Yuriko Hirooka ... Toshiko
Yuki Inomata Yuki Inomata ... Suzu
Sujin Kim Sujin Kim ... Detective
Hiromi Kuronuma Hiromi Kuronuma
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Storyline

Yukio is living a charmed life: he is a respected young doctor with a successful practice and a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife is suffering from amnesia, and her past is unknown. Things begin to fall apart, however, when both his parents die suddenly, killed by a mysterious stranger with Yukio's face. Only when Yukio confronts this stranger will the mystery of his identity, and his wife's past, be revealed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gemini See more »

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Production Co:

Sedic,Marubeni,Kaijyu Theater See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A full-sized water well set with removable sections was constructed entirely above ground, for filming inside and from the "into" and "upward" perspective angles. It was about 60-70 feet tall. See more »

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Featured in Tsukamoto Shin'ya ga Ranpo suru (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Suisiei no kaiken
Music by Teiichi Okano
Lyrics by Nobutsuna Sasaki
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Another great movie from Tsukamoto!
17 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I was incredibly impressed by Shinya Tsukamoto's surreal cyberpunk classic 'Tetsuo', one of the most startling, original and disturbing movies of the last twenty years, and also knocked out by 'Tokyo Fist' his hyperkinetic and violent study of macho competition. Now, once again I'm impressed, this time by 'Gemini' his beautiful and haunting story of identity confusion, and sibling rivalry. The movie is said to be based on Edogawa Rampo's short story 'The Twins', but I've read it and it has virtually nothing to do with this film. Whatever, it doesn't matter, Tsukamoto has taken one or two ideas from Rampo's (excellent) story and expanded it into more interesting and inventive territory. Masahiro Motoki is brilliant in a duel role as the uptight bourgeois doctor and his malevolent criminal twin, and Ryo is beautifully enigmatic as his (apparently) amnesiac wife who is harboring a secret or two. 'Gemini' is a brilliant piece of film making, and I highly recommend it.


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