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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Japan

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This film marks the comeback of actress Masumi Miyazaki after a decade off the screen. See more »

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Liebestraume No. 3
Written by Franz Liszt
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Strange and often unsettling.
13 September 2007 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Strange Circus" starts out as the story of 12-year-old Mitsuko,who's being sexually abused by her father Gozo and terrorized by her jealous mother Sayuri.Mitsuko is imprisoned in a cello case and forced to watch her parents' intimate liaisons through a peephole.The strange abuse causes Mitsuko to blur the distinction between her mother's pleasure and her own pain.When her mom dies after falling down the stairs,Mitsuko starts believing she is her mother.Sion Sono's return to ero-guro tradition is very stylish and sexually perverse.This strange film even offers lashings of paedophilia on display,fortunately they are not graphic.The carnival atmosphere of circus is well-developed and there is a nice amount of grue.Fans of more dream-like transgressive cinema should give it a look.


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