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40 Days of Halloween Pt 11: Rampo Noir (aka Rampo Jigoku/ 2006)

Posted by invizweb on October 3, 2012

courtesy of AsianWiki

Directors: Akio Jissoji (“Mirror Hell”), Atsushi Kaneko (“Crawling Bugs”), Hisayasu Sato (“Caterpillar”), Suguru Takeuchi (“Mars Canal”)

Original Title:  Rampo Jigoku (trans. Rampo Hell)

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Yuuko Daike Chisako Hara, Masami Horiuchi,
Mikako Ichikawa, Hanae Kan, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kaiji Moriyama, Tomoya Nakamura, Hiroki Narimiya, Tamaki Ogawa, Yukiko Okamoto, Nao Omori

Writers: Edogawa Rampo, Atsushi Kaneko (screenplay for “Crawling Bugs”), Akio Satsukawa (screenplay for “Mirror Hell”), Suguru Takeuchi (screenplay for “Mars Canal”), Shiro Yumeno (screenplay for “Caterpillar”)

Studios: Culture Publishers (CP), Geneon Entertainment, Kadokawa Eiga K.K., Micott & Basara K.K., New Select K.K., Rampo jigoku Seisaku Iinkai, and Toei Satellite TV Company

Distributors: Albatross Film (2005) (Japan)/ Siren Visual Entertainment (2006) (Australia) (DVD)

Run Time:  2 hours 14 minutes (134 minutes)


Four separate stories, all linked by the imagination of writer Edogawa Rampo, compose this somewhat daunting 135 min film. One of my major gripes is the uneven pacing where some of the segments just seem a bit drawn out as if the staff was being paid per minute. Another complaint is that some of the stories, such as “Mars Canal” are better conceptually (in written text form) than practically. However, if psychological horror, with a tinge of murder and extreme mutilations is your cup of tea, this film makes an interesting experience. It is also for fans of intense international art house pieces, which I am sometimes.

***1/4

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