Sôseiji (1999)

Japan,
84m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby SR, Japanese

A Japanese horror film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.

Plot Summary

Yukio's life is taken over by his deranged twin brother who kills other family members as he gets closer to Yukio's wife, his former lover.

Credits

Crew
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
A Sedic Intl. Inc./Marubeni Corp. production in association with Kaijyu Theatre
Executive Producers: Toshiaki Nakazawa, Yasuhiko Furusato
Producer: Futoshi Nishimura
Associate Producer: Tomoyuki Tsuruoka
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto
Based on the Story by: Edogawa Rampo
Director of Photography: Shinya Tsukamoto
Editor: Shinya Tsukamoto
Music: Chu Ishikawa
Sound: Kenji Shibasaki
Costumes: Michiko Kitamura
Production Designers: Takashi Sasaki, Yohei Taneda

Cast
Masahiro Motoki (Yukio Daitokuji/Sutekichi)
Ryô (Rin)
Yasutaka Tsutsui (Yukio's father)
Masako Motai (Shige)
Renji Ishibashi (beggar monk)
Akaji Maro (Kakubê)
Tomorô Taguchi (middle-aged patient)
Jun Murakami (young patient)
Yukito Mizoguchi (child)
Eri Yû
Hisako Ôkata (Takie)
Yuriko Hirooka (Toshiko)
Yuki Inomata (Suzu)
Sujin Kim (detective)
Hiromi Kuronuma
Takahiro Murase
Hikaru Yoshikawa (patrol officer)
Bin Moritsuka
Mineko Yorozuyo
Koinojô Nishikawa

Alternative Titles

Blíženci – Czech title
Gemini – English language, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian title
Gemini – Tödlicher Zwilling – German title
Sôseiji – Spanish title
Znamie – Polish title
Близнецы – Russian title
双生児 – Japanese title

Extracts included in
Malformed Memories (2007)
Tsukamoto Shinya ga Ranpo suru (2000)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinema Scope no.1 (1999) p.79 – review (Cinema Scope review by Christopher Frey)
  • Fangoria no.252 (April 2006) p.72 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Don Kaye)
  • Filmovy Prehled no.10 (2000) pp.7-8 – credits, review
  • Positif no.477 (November 2000) p.55 – review (Gemini by P.E.)
  • Premiere no.284 (November 2000) p.80 – review (Gemini by Gérard Delorme)
  • Skrien no.246 (September 2000) p.48 – review (Gemini by André Waardenburg)
  • Télérama no.2651 (4 November 2000) p.60 – review (Gemini by L.G.)
  • Variety 1 November 1999 p.93 – credits, review (Film review by David Stratton)

Books

  • The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films by Salvador Murguia (ed.) pp.292-294 – credits, review (by Carolyn Mauricette)