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GEMINI

Japan, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Regional Focus)

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psychological torture. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji seems to have it all. It is 1910, Tokyo, he runs a successful surgery and is happily married to Rin, his beautiful and enigmatic new wife.

Their idyllic life begins to unravel when, individually, Yukio's parents meet with bizarre and suspicious deaths. In an even stranger turn of events, Yukio is attacked by a man who appears to be his double. Notorious for his violent, sci-fi Tetsuo films, Tsukamoto's Gemini (referring to the astrological twins) once more explores man's basic animalistic, primitive nature, a force lurking just beneath a veneer of civilisation and technology. As the mysterious assailant calmly takes over his life and wife, Yukio plots revenge on his dark doppleganger

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TETSUO 2: THE BODY HAMMER

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TOKYO FIST

Japan, 1995
... ... Shinya Tsukamoto left audiences astonished, perplexed and pulverised after his first two features Telsuo-Tfe Iron Ma« (1989) and Tetsuo-The Body Hammer (1991), One thing viewers were su… More »

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000 VOLTS

Japan, 2000
Playing by a high-voltage power pylon as a child, Dragon Eye Morrison receives a massive electric shock. Rather than terminate his young life, the charge ignites a long dormant, prehistoric predispos… More »

BULLET BALLET

Japan, 1998
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DEAD OR ALIVE 2: BIRDS

Japan, 2001
Dead or Alive 2: Birds, is far from a traditional sequel. Mizuki, a crack hitman fond of painfully loud shirts, is hired by an enigmatic magician played by Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the Tetsuo fi… More »

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