It has a sparkling transfer that is pin-sharp and accentuates the colours and the extras, which the disc is packed full of, do a brilliant job of going into the background of the film. Here are the details:
New HD transfer
Audio commentary by Tom Mes, author of Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto
Making of Gemini” featurette directed by Takashi Miike
Behind the Scenes
Make-up demonstration featurette
Venice Film Festival featurette
First 1000 units come with slipcase featuring new artwork illustrated by Ian McEwan
Here’s the trailer and synopsis and a little extra info:
双生児 -GEMINI- 「そうせいじ ジェミニ 」
Release Date: September 15th, 1999
Duration: 83 mins.
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Writer: Shinya Tsukamoto (Script), Edogawa Rampo (Original Story – Souseiji: Aru Shikeiin ga Kyoukaishi ni Uchiaketa Hanashi)
Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryo, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Shiho Fujimura, Akaji Maro, Masako Motai, Renji Ishibashi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Tadanobu Asano, Naoto Takenaka, Yuriko Hirooka,
Released a year after Bullet Ballet, Gemini came at a time when the world clamoured for J-horror after its experience with Ring and was shown at festivals alongside other titles like Shikoku, Ring, Ring 2, and Audition.
This is Tsukamoto’s first period piece and a re-working of a story by Edogawa Rampo and it features really strong visual design, as is to be expected, and a fantastic soundtrack by Tsukamoto’s regular composer Chu Ishikawa.
The cast is insane – made up of Tsukamoto regulars like Tomorowo Taguchi (lead actor in the Tetsuo films) as well as others who were working with Takashi Miike and all led by Masahiro Motoki and model/singer turned actress Ryo.
Synopsis: Adapting the Edogawa Rampo short story, Shinya (Tetsuo, Tokyo Fist) Tsukamoto’s modernist Meiji horror represents the director’s first foray into period films and fleshes out Rampo’s original tale considerably.
Following his return from being a doctor at war, Yukio (Masahiro Motoki) has followed in his father’s footsteps and taken over the family practice in his family’s beautiful home. He is handsome and well-respected and, to cap things off, he has a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife has no past for she has amnesia and nobody knows a thing about her. Things begin to go wrong, however, when both of his parents die in mysterious circumstances. A warning from his mother before her death alerts him to something being wrong with his background and he begins to become paranoid. When Yukio is confronted by a stranger who shares his face, the mystery of his wife’s past is revealed just as a hidden side to Yukio is uncovered.