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Twilight Dinner (1998)

Chô-inran: Shimai donburi (original title)
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A pale-looking man, Kazuhiko, is being questioned by the police following the extremely bloody murder of a young woman. He begins his story with the day that two sisters, Akiko and Mayuko, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Yumi Yoshiyuki ... Tsukiko Kurotani
Kanae Mizuhara ... Mayako Kurotani
Reina Azuma ... Kumi
Kyôsuke Sasaki ... Kazuhiko (as Kyosuke Sasaki)
Kazuhiro Sano ... Hasegawa
Ken'ichi Kanbe ... Saitô
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daikei Shimizu ... Gay Man
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A pale-looking man, Kazuhiko, is being questioned by the police following the extremely bloody murder of a young woman. He begins his story with the day that two sisters, Akiko and Mayuko, moved into the house across from his. After helping the pair move in, he starts talking with the younger sister, and soon they become intimate. The relationship continues for a while, but one day the sisters suddenly pack up and disappear, but not before sharing their secret with Kazuhiko. What kind of secret could have caused him to commit such a murder? Or did he? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Re-released December 13, 2002 as Bijin shimai: Midarana yoru, and May 14, 2010 as Kyokugen sex: Kamu!. See more »

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Referenced in Twilight Dinner Part2 - Basket Case - (2011) See more »

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Vampire pinku lacks bite
19 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Apparently the recipient of numerous awards at the no-doubt- prestigious Pink Grand Prix, TWILIGHT DINNER, despite these plaudits, shares less with the landmark classics of Japanese erotica than it does your average American direct-to-video soft-core flick. Playing less like a fully formed narrative than an exhaustingly over-inflated first act stretched to (just barely) feature length, it's crafted well enough for what it is, but unfortunately what it is doesn't amount to all that much.

The whisper-thin plot follows grad student Kazuhiko's infatuation with a pair of sisters who have moved in next door. Consistently dressed in black and rarely appearing in the daytime (and always shrouded by sunglasses and a parasol), the women's erratic behavior screams "vampire" from the start. Nevertheless, love is blind, and Kazuhiko ends up seduced by the elder of the pair, who takes the opportunity to engage in some none-to-gentle nibbling on his neck. Overcome by a ravenous (and – in one legitimately surprising scene – bisexual) erotic hunger, Kazuhiko is soon ravaging his way through the neighborhood, his uncontrollable urge quickly driving him to an even more shocking climax…

This final scene – presumably the film's sole raison d'etre – I won't spoil here, though the film does a pretty good job itself by adopting a shopworn police interrogation flashback structure that spells out where it's headed from essentially the opening frame. With this surprise out of the way, there's little left to do but slowly go through the motions, with Kazuhiko taking the majority of the run time to discover something the audience already knows from the start – that his neighbors are vampires. The cast is game and the sex scenes photographed well enough, but the production overall has a lonely, threadbare quality redolent more of cheapo mid-'90s American soft- core (long dialogue scenes played out in echoey rooms, a skimpy roster of rotating locations and cast members) than high- quality erotica. A glorified cameo by director (and frequent pink star) Kazuhiro Sano is certainly welcome, but unfortunately serves mostly as a reminder of his own far superior work.


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