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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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Sion Sono

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Sion Sono
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Circus See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The house the film uses as a set is a real house. Director Sion Sono asked the owners for permission to shoot inside it. See more »

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Carnival of the Animals - The Swan
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I can safely say that it could not even be shown legally in the UK
22 August 2007 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is a very fine and brave film but so extreme and at times confusing that it lost me at times. I see the film has won awards in Montreal and Berlin but I can safely say that it could not even be shown legally in the UK. Even apart from the extended sequences of implied and actual child sex abuse the degree of violence, especially when shown in a sexual context would have the jolly BBFC boys in somewhat of a lather. With all the effort put in by the director and leading actress, Masumi Miyazaki, who is sensational in her roles, it is a shame that the resulting film is not more coherent. Possibly it is because the material is so extreme that I tended to distance myself a little and thereby lose the plot a little, but only a second viewing will settle that one and I'm not up to that right now!


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