Rampo Noir 乱歩地獄 (2005) Dirs: Suguru Takeuchi, Akio Jissoji, Hisyasu Sato, Atsushi Kaneko

Happy Halloween! This is the time of year when people celebrate the supernatural and ghoulish aspects of popular culture and national myths. I do my part by highlighting horror movies on Halloween night. So far I have reviewed Nightmare DetectiveStrange CircusShokuzaiPOV: A Cursed Film CharismaDon’t Look Up, Snow Woman (2017) Snow Woman (1968)  Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel, Gemini, and John Carpenter’s The Thing. I’ll be returning to Japan for the next Halloween Review, an anthology film based on the erotic-grotesque-nonsense works of Edogawa Rampo.


Rampo Noir    Rampo Noir Film Poster

乱歩地獄 Rampo Jigoku

Release Date: November 05th, 2005

Duration: 134 mins.

Director: Suguru Takeuchi (Mars Canal), Akio Jissoji (Mirror Hell), Hisyasu Sato (The Caterpillar), Atsushi Kaneko (Crawling Bugs),

Writer: Suguru Takeuchi (Mars Canal), Akio Satsukawa (Mirror Hell), Shiro Yumeno (The Caterpillar), Atsushi Kaneko (Crawling Bugs), (Script), Edogawa Rampo (Original Stories),

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Yumi Yoshiyuki, Susumu Terajima, Yuuko Daike, Chisako Hara, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryuhei Matsuda, Hanae Kan, Nao Omori, Yukiko Okamoto,

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Hirai Taro aka Edogawa Rampo. A prolific writer whose stories were serialised in newspapers and published as novels. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, the source of his pen name, Rampo turned his literary talents to stories of detectives, the supernatural, the erotic and the psycho-sexual. These works proved ripe for cinematic treatment, particularly around the time of the pink film boom.

Blind Beast (1969, Yasuzo Masumura) Black Lizard (Kinji Fukasaku, 1968) Horrors of Malformed Men (Teruo Ishii, 1969), Watcher in the Attic (Nobuo Tanaka, 1976), and Gemini (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1999) stand as the most famous adaptations. Even this year there have been adaptations with Hiroki Inoue’s drama Hito de nashi no Koi released in June.

And we return to Rampo Noir. Back in 2004, as the J-horror genre started to shamble along zombie-like on the back of recycled tropes and trends, this anthology film was made that allowed its directors to approach Rampo’s macabre and menacing material in their own unique and memorable ways. It also allowed some of the leading acting talents of the early 2000s to wrestle with some truly disturbing material, particularly Tadanobu Asano (Bright Future, My Man, Survive Style 5+, Vital) who appears in the four chapters of the film and plays Rampo’s famous Detective Akechi Kogoro in two. While Rampo Noir does not feature jump scares or bone-chilling frights, it packs in a lot of ero-guro sights to leave an average viewer sickened and disturbed.

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I’ve been watching a lot of films and playing less video games. X-Com Enemy Unknown is a good game but it hasn’t got its hooks in me and I’m planning on doing some point-and-click adventures I played when they first came out in the 90s.

In terms of films, I have watched two British horror films, The Appointment and The Shout. I also watched two Apichatpong Weerasethakul films: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) and Syndromes and a Century (2006). The latter two are for a recording of Heroic Purgatory. For my Halloween post, I’ve got a J-horror from the early 2000s lined up!

What are the other films released this weekend?

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Gon-mama, Journey Beyond the Night, Break of Dawn, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo, Kokoro no Tsuyakusha-tachi – What a Wonderful World, Gekijouban Eien no ya Towa no ai Japanese Film Trailer

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No reviews due to business. I’m doing festival work and my normal day job and going to the doctors a lot. I had a good time talking about Twilight Samurai as part of Heroic Purgatory. I’ve watched a horror film called Rampo Noir (2005) in preparation for a Halloween post. Maybe I should write about another film…

What else was released this weekend?

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Miss Osaka, The Lines that Define Me, a20153 no Seishun, Gekijouban Yamazaki Ichimon Nihontuitsu, Sora no nai Sekai Kara, Toki ni wa Hamukashi no Hanashi o Moriyama Shuichiro Seiyuu to Yobareta Haiyuu Japanese Film Trailers

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This is the second part of a two-part trailer post – the first part is here. I didn’t post any reviews this week due to watching lots of films for a festival and also as research for the upcoming recording of a Heroic Purgatory podcast which will cover The Twilight Samurai (2002).

What else was released this weekend?

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Karada Sagashi, Whisper of the Heart (Live Action), Itsuka, Itsumo…… Itsumademo., Motto Chouetsu Shita Tokoro e., Barber Mukouda, Okamuro-san, Guardy Girls, Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends Japanese Film Trailers

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This week I posted reviews of Love’s Whirlpool and Call Boy. I finished my re-watch of the TV anime Monster and I began prepping for a Heroic Purgatory podcast recording that will cover Twilight Samurai. The latest episode of the podcast is about Hou Hsia-Hsien’s The Assassin (2015).

What else was released this weekend?

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Call Boy 娼年 (2018) Director: Daisuke Miura

Call Boy    Call Boy Film Poster

娼年  Shonen

Release Date: April 06th, 2018

Duration: 119 mins.

Director: Daisuke Miura

Writer: Daisuke Miura (Screenplay), Ira Ishida (Original Novel)

Starring: Tori Matsuzaka, Sei Matobu, Ami Tomite, Kenta Izuka, Yuki Sakurai, Erika Mabuchi, Kokone Sasaki, Kyoko Enami, Ruri Shinato,

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Depicting female desire on the screen isn’t exactly rare but nor is it common, especially when compared to the extent male fantasies and experiences get the cinematic treatment. It certainly isn’t as explicit or as funny as Call Boy, an adaptation of Ira Ishida’s novel by playwright-turned-director Daisuke Miura. His eye for erotic shots and character quirks super-charges female-first sexual fantasies  that Tori Matsuzaka bravely steps into.

The story follows Ryo Morinaka (Tori Matsuzaka), a student at a top-ranked university who works part-time at a bar. He’s bored with his daily existence of dating young women he sees as floozies and blowing off classes he has lost interest in so when he gets recruited to join an escort service by sophisticated and intriguing older lady Mido Shizuka (Sei Matobu), he has a new mission in life: to discover the passions of his clients and to fulfil them. Through that, he discovers more about himself.

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