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Rubber's Lover (1996)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 September 1996 (Japan)
Scientists use a brain-altering drug to conduct experiments, after one such project goes astray, they need to find another test subject in this Japanese splatter-punk film.

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Shozin Fukui

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Shozin Fukui
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Credited cast:
Nao Nao ... Kiku
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norimizu Ameya Norimizu Ameya ... Hitotsubashi
Yôta Kawase Yôta Kawase ... Shimika
Mika Kunihiro Mika Kunihiro ... Akari
Sosuke Saito Sosuke Saito ... Motomiya
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Scientists use a brain-altering drug to conduct experiments, after one such project goes astray, they need to find another test subject in this Japanese splatter-punk film.

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28 September 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Любовь к резине See more »

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Honekoubou See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Gruesome, kinetic, bizarre. Brilliant!!
23 December 2001 | by madevilbeatsSee all my reviews

Rubber's lover is Fukui's second movie, a prequel to Pinnochio 964. The plot (from what I can gather from reading other reviews and summaries of the movie off the internet as well as my visual interpretation of the movie since I don't speak Japanese and my copy isn't subtitled) concerns a group of scientists working to unleash the psychic potential of human beings. For some reason this involves injecting them repeatedly with a drug dispensed by a huge cannonlike needle, and then strapping a device to their heads similar to a VR helmet. The company they work for decides the project is a loss and sends a secretary to tell them the news of the project's shutdown. The poor scientists react rather badly to the news, and in a desperate attempt to make a final breakthrough, subject one of their own ranks to the drug and device. He responds well so they put him in an isolating rubber suit that deprives him of all sensory input but that which is governed by the experiment. The results are succesful and much mayhem ensues. Thus begins Rubber's Lover.

Shot in black and white, primarily in one location, this is a perfect example of low or no budget but high concept film making. A feeling of isolation permeates thoughout, perfectly controlled by the director's choice of angles and locations. The outdated technology the scientists are using isolates the movie from any specific date in time. The character's reactions to the events happening around them only amplify the feeling of isolation. The effects are gruesome, the editing is kinetic, the story is bizarre. Fans of Tetsuo: The Iron Man will love it as both can easily be compared at the most shallow levels. It is, however, an amazing film that stands on it's own strange island in cyberspace, far removed from Tsukamoto's film. Highly recommended, not for the squeamish.


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