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A Snake Of June (2002)

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A Snake Of June (2002)

A Snake Of June (2002)
DVDRip | MKV | 636 x 480 | x264 @ 1972 Kbps | 76 min | 1,39 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Art-house, Mystery, Thriller

From Japanese cult director Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO: THE IRON MAN) comes A SNAKE OF JUNE (ROKUGATSU NO HEBI). Tsukamoto continues exploring the themes he set up in TETSUO and other works–extreme alienation from both self and other, the changing relationship between man and machine, and the body as the site where these problems are worked through; themes that have often brought comparison to David Cronenberg. A SNAKE OF JUNE concerns Rinko, a woman working as a telephone counselor, who begins to receive a series of disturbing envelopes from a blackmailer. The mystery man's purpose is simple, to force Rinko into acting out the fantasies she is unable to fulfill at home with her obsessive-compulsive husband. Tsukamoto's film is shot with a style as experimental and unusual as his narrative, and was an award winner at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.


Only after I had watched this fascinating and powerful film did I realise this was the 'Tetsuo' man. I have yet to see any of the more well known ones but will certainly now pluck up the courage to investigate. Generally considered to be atypical of his work his cinematic eye and confidence are nevertheless all too apparent. Sometimes a little confusing but always compelling. Difficult to describe in a few words and whilst I can understand it being referred to as the director's only venture into erotic cinema, that is in itself rather misleading. It is true that the, tremendously well played, leading lady's sexuality is central to the film's theme but Tsukamoto takes us well beyond this. In fact half way through the film lurches to give us a totally different angle on the main protagonist's lives and we temporarily struggle, as do they, to catch up with events. Shot in a magical, bluish black and white this is a mighty cinematic achievement that must be seen again - soon!
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A Snake Of June (2002)

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