Rampo Noir (2005) aka Rampo Jigoku
Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Surrealist
Akio Jissoji (story "Kagami jigoku") (as Akio Jissôji)
Atsushi Kaneko (story "Mushi")
Hisayasu Sato (story "Imomushi") (as Hisayasu Satô)
Suguru Takeuchi (story "Kasei no unga")
Subtitles: English (Hardcoded)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
File: Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 608x336 - 23fps - 900mb
These shorts are sick. The writer behind the original stories may have a disturbed and twisted mind for inspiring these disgusting tales of torture and obsession, and love (love which is so alien it doesn't really fit the word).
Of course many stories by Edogawa Rampo have been banned already in Japan for that very same reason.
However, these shorts were great examples of how dark cinema can get. These push right to the boundaries, where sense, reason, and any sort of real point is left behind in its own madness. And it does try to make points. They draw parallels between conscious and subconscious, reality and delusion. The surreal images and narratives destroy the boundaries between the two and the flow freely into each other. The film challenges what art really is. Whether it's a beautiful reflection, a horrific image, or something that is both beautiful on the outside but dead and corroded inside. Here we see that mirrors have the potential to be god, trapping us in its frame. Love is horrific. Horrific. These shorts have the potential to repel you in disgust, or to draw you in and lose yourself in its insanity, and for that reason alone it is a powerful work of art.
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