Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Snake of June (2002)

Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Tartan Video)

A woman who works answering a suicide help line is stalked by one of her callers. He blackmails her into performing public acts she finds uncomfortable, but which she secretly desires. Her husband follows her out one night and becomes involved in their elaborate fantasy. However, it soon turns to nightmare when he is kidnapped and tortured. Beautifully shot in a blue-tinted monochrome in a very rainy Japan that resembles an old silent film. Somewhat tame by Tsukamoto's standards, but still a shocking story of suppressed desires.

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