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Rampo Noir (2005)

Ranpo jigoku (original title)
This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.


Rampo Edogawa (short stories) (as Edogawa Ranpo), Atsushi Kaneko (screenplay for "Mushi") | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Private Detective Kogorô Akechi / Man / Masaki (segments "Imomushi" - "Kagami jigoku" - "Kasei no unga" - "Mushi")
Yûko Daike ... (segment "Kagami jigoku")
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... (segment "Kagami jigoku")
Masami Horiuchi Masami Horiuchi ... (segment "Kagami jigoku")
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... (segment "Kagami jigoku")
Hanae Kan Hanae Kan ... (story "Imomushi")
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Tarô Hirai (story "Imomushi") (as Ryuuhei Matsuda)
Kaiji Moriyama Kaiji Moriyama ... (story "Kasei no unga")
Tomoya Nakamura ... (story "Kagami jigoku")
Hiroki Narimiya ... Tooru (story "Kagami jigoku")
Tamaki Ogawa Tamaki Ogawa ... Fuyu Kinoshita (segment "Mushi")
Nao Ohmori ... First Lieutenant Sunaga (story "Imomushi") (as Nao Oomori)
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Tokiko Sunaga (story "Imomushi")
Tarô Suwa ... Temple Priest
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... (segment "Mushi")


This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.

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Fantasy | Horror


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7 October 2008 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Uh.. wow. Here's one you will never forget. Four disgusting and insane shorts that seem loosely connected at times (themes of torture, mirrors, obsession, love, bugs, and.. uh.. Tadanobou Asano are in most of the shorts), all lovingly filmed by 4 different directors. Great acting and beautiful visuals throughout and never a dull moment in its 2 hour running time, this film is actually shockingly beautiful and very experimental at times (see the first story which is completely silent) and is just so full of ideas and life that it should be required viewing for everyone who's into cinema that's a little bit different than the norm.

Much more so than the overrated 3... Extremes, this is a film that actually manages to disturb you with its images. Just try getting the images of a disgusting, drooling, dying human caterpillar or a very realistic decomposing corpse out of your head. However, what really sets this film apart are actually the BEAUTIFUL visuals. I can't really describe what makes them so beautiful; you just have to see them.

Completely unnerving and endlessly fascinating throughout, this is definitely some kind of masterpiece that doesn't have any of the monotony that bogs down most pictures of this type. In fact, it's hard to choose a favorite short amongst the 4, because they're all so good! Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

5 November 2005 (Japan) See more »

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Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan See more »


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