The Mystery of Rampo

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The Mystery of Rampo

writer expressionism

The Mystery of Rampo

Release Date: May 27, 1995

Year    :   1995
Slogan    :   «So provocative the censors banned it. So powerful it came true.»
Genres    :   Drama, Thriller, Romance
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Director    :   Kazuyoshi Okuyama
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Writers    :   Rampo Edogawa, Kazuyoshi Okuyama, Yuhei Enoki
RunTime    :   100 mins.

Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of events just like his forbidden story. As the film progresses, fantasy and reality intermingle in a tale that draws heavily on influences from Poe and Stoker's Dracula. The film's strongly Expressionistic direction skillfully combines a variety of media (animation, computer-generated imagery, grainy black-and-white fast film stock, color negatives) for artistic effect.

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