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Rampo Noir (2005)
"Ranpo jigoku" (original title)

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Mars Canal - Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover... See full synopsis »

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Private Detective Kogorô Akechi / Man / Masaki (segments "Imomushi" - "Kagami jigoku" - "Kasei no unga" - "Mushi")
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Masami Horiuchi ...
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Mikako Ichikawa ...
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Hanae Kan ...
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Tarô Hirai (story "Imomushi") (as Ryuuhei Matsuda)
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Tomoya Nakamura ...
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Fuyu Kinoshita (segment "Mushi")
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Tokiko Sunaga (story "Imomushi")
Hiromasa Taguchi ...
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Minori Terada ...
(segment "Kagami jigoku")
Susumu Terajima ...
(segment "Kagami jigoku")
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Since I fell in love with you my life has been hell
30 May 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Lengthy anthology of films made from stories by Edogowa Rampo, that all seem to revolve around obsessive love and the consequences of feeling; 'Since I fell in love with you my life has been hell'. First up, 'Mars Canal' comprises a naked man walking across what appears to be a lunar landscape and recalling a naked fight with a lover (?). Not much in this one for me and 'experimental' would probably be the correct tag. Next up, Mirror Hell was a fairly interesting but rather convoluted tale involving mirrors and ladies dying after a tea ceremony. I liked a lot of this but thought it could have been better told. Caterpillar, I thought was masterful. We are confronted with a mere torso and head of a man who is being further injured and degraded (and whipped) by his wife. She says he has returned injured from war and only she can bear to face him but certainly does not treat him very 'lovingly' as we would conceive of the word. There is a lot here of love and hate, of need and possession and although it is at times very hard to watch I was most impressed. The final, Crawling Bugs, doesn't quite match up to the Sato film but is well shot and certainly well worth watching. All told a surprisingly good quartet and tempts one towards the writings of the mysterious, Mr Rampo.


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