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Strange Circus (2005)

Kimyô na sâkasu (original title)
The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masumi Miyazaki Masumi Miyazaki ... Mitsuko Ozawa / Sayuri / Taeko
Issei Ishida Issei Ishida ... Yûji Tamiya
Rie Kuwana Rie Kuwana ... Young Mitsuko
Seiko Iwaidô Seiko Iwaidô ... Young Mitsuko (as Mai Takahashi)
Fujiko Fujiko
Madamu Rejînu Madamu Rejînu
Mame Yamada Mame Yamada
Pyûpiru Pyûpiru
Erika Mine Erika Mine
Keiko Yokomachi Keiko Yokomachi
Tsutomu Ihara Tsutomu Ihara
Emiko Yamada Emiko Yamada
Rinco Rinco
Sachiko Yamagishi Sachiko Yamagishi
Ken Sasaki Ken Sasaki


In Tokyo, the twelve year-old girl Mitsuko accidentally sees her parents having sex in their bedroom and her dysfunctional and pervert father Ozawa Gozo, who is the principal of her school, forces her to see her mother Sayuri having intercourse with him hidden inside a cello case. Then Osawa rapes Mitsuko and forces her mother to see the incestuous intercourse with their daughter. Osawa lives with Mitsuko and Sayuri and has sex with them, and Sayuri is jealous of her own daughter. The dysfunctional family is affected first by a murder and then by an attempt of suicide. But the bizarre story is actually a novel written by the disabled writer Taeko that uses a wheelchair to move. When her publisher visits her with his new hire Yuji, he gets close to her and helps Taeko to find the truth about her past. But in the end, which one is the dream? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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compelling and beautiful nightmare

When i saw Suicide Club for the first time i knew Sion Sono would come to be a director i would look out for, and with Strange Circus he delivers, that's not to say that you will automatically like this one if you loved suicide club, because this is is something different.

If suicide club was his pitch black pulpy look at Japanese culture, this is his nightmarish avant garde look on a dysfunctional family. This is art-house the way it should be, confrontational, engaging and intelligent.

This is at some points extremely unwatchable as it deals with themes such as incest, but the way it is portrayed is absolutely stylish but still jaw droppingly tense.

It reminded me of David Lynch and Alejandro Jorodowsky because of the dreamlike sequences and the constant pondering on what is real and what isn't.

This movie is shot beautifully, even Kubrick came to mind at some scenes. Without spoiling anything i can say that this movie is very open to interpretation and it works and many levels.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes deeply psychological drama, horror and art-house combined), but a warning, this is not for the faint of heart and i can really understand why people would condemn this film as perverted trash (such as people will condemn Lars Von Triers Antichrist), although i genuinely think that anyone with a love for cinema would grasp the deeper things this movie has to offer and will enjoy the beauty in this nightmarish vision.

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6 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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