Horrors of Malformed Men

99+ min. In Japanese w/English subtitles. Teruo Ishii, Arrow Video c/o MVDvisual, www.mvdb2b.com. 2018. Blu-ray UPC 760137166283. $39.95. F/HorrOR
Awaking in an asylum, Hirosuke (Teruo Yoshida) can remember little about his past. One night he finds himself being choked to death, and, after killing his attacker, he escapes. Evading his pursuers, Hirosuke sees an article in a newspaper relating the death of a wealthy young man who appears to look like Hirosuke. After creeping disguised into the funeral, he digs up the body and discovers they really are identical, down to a strange birthmark. Hirosuke then pretends to be the man, mistakenly declared dead. As his impersonation tentatively works, Hirosuke slowly uncovers a world of perversity and the shockingly bizarre secret of who he is.
VERDICT Based on works and themes by the classic Japanese detective writer Edogawa Rampo, this surrealist dream of mystery, imagination, and grotesque experimentation captures the author's fevered narratives, both beautiful and chilling.
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