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Rampo Noir
Japan 2005
Directed by Takeuchi Suguru / Jissoji Akio / Sato Hisayasu / Kaneko Atsushi
Running time 135 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
David Michael Brown
3.5 stars

Based on stories by Japanese mystery writer Tarō Hirai, writing under the nom de plume Edogawa Rampo, apparently the Japanese rendering of Edgar Alan Poe, Rampo Noir is a breath of fresh albeit repugnant air on the moribund genre. An anthology of four incredibly disturbing short stories, the film takes the horror out of the shadows and dangles it far too close for comfort. All four stories push the boundaries of good taste. Some will find them slow and pretentious and to be honest they are but they are also so much more.

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