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Strange Circus (2005)

Kimyô na sâkasu (original title)
The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

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Sion Sono

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Sion Sono
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masumi Miyazaki Masumi Miyazaki ... Mitsuko Ozawa / Sayuri / Taeko
Issei Ishida Issei Ishida ... Yûji Tamiya
Rie Kuwana Rie Kuwana ... Young Mitsuko
Seiko Iwaidô Seiko Iwaidô ... Young Mitsuko (as Mai Takahashi)
Fujiko Fujiko
Madamu Rejînu Madamu Rejînu
Mame Yamada Mame Yamada
Pyûpiru Pyûpiru
Erika Mine Erika Mine
Keiko Yokomachi Keiko Yokomachi
Tsutomu Ihara Tsutomu Ihara
Emiko Yamada Emiko Yamada
Rinco Rinco
Sachiko Yamagishi Sachiko Yamagishi
Ken Sasaki Ken Sasaki
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Storyline

In Tokyo, the twelve year-old girl Mitsuko accidentally sees her parents having sex in their bedroom and her dysfunctional and pervert father Ozawa Gozo, who is the principal of her school, forces her to see her mother Sayuri having intercourse with him hidden inside a cello case. Then Osawa rapes Mitsuko and forces her mother to see the incestuous intercourse with their daughter. Osawa lives with Mitsuko and Sayuri and has sex with them, and Sayuri is jealous of her own daughter. The dysfunctional family is affected first by a murder and then by an attempt of suicide. But the bizarre story is actually a novel written by the disabled writer Taeko that uses a wheelchair to move. When her publisher visits her with his new hire Yuji, he gets close to her and helps Taeko to find the truth about her past. But in the end, which one is the dream? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Japan

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The house the film uses as a set is a real house. Director Sion Sono asked the owners for permission to shoot inside it. See more »

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27 January 2007 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

I knew absolutely nothing going into this flick. I was recommended this movie by a friend who has some unique tastes in movies. I tend to enjoy everything he likes, so I decided to blind buy this and give it a shot. What followed was a movie that's bizarre, extreme, and kind of confusing.

Strange Circus starts out as a story about a quiet young girl named Mitsuko. One day she hears some strange noise coming from her parents room. Curiosity gets the better of her and she witnesses them having sex. Her Dad catches her in the act and from that moment this movie gets really crazy. I'd rather not tell you what follows, but it's definitely not for the average movie-goer. At some points Strange Circus gets pretty confusing, you are led to question who's who and what's happening. By the end of the movie many things have risen to the surface, but there are still aspects to ponder about. Which is rare these days, there aren't many movies when the credits are almost done rolling and you're still sitting there thinking about what just happened. Personally I appreciate when movies do this. It's not frustratingly challenging, but it definitely will keep you up a little longer.

Strange Circus was extremely well acted, well directed (same director as Suicide Club) and well told. It's also sick, perverted and down right screwy. If you're into extreme movies, Japanese movies, challenging movies, or just looking for something different, give this baby a shot. 8.5 outta 10


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