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Rampo (1994)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 19 May 1995 (USA)
Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts... See full summary »


Rampo Edogawa (story), Yuhei Enoki | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Motoki ... Kogoro Akechi
Naoto Takenaka ... Edogawa Rampo
Michiko Hada Michiko Hada ... Shizuko
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Masashi Yokomizo
Mikijirô Hira ... Marquis Ogawara
Shirô Sano ... Officer
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Cafe owner
Nekohachi Edoya Nekohachi Edoya ... Antique shop owner
Jun'ichi Takagi Jun'ichi Takagi ... Fujimori
Charlie Yutani Charlie Yutani ... Driver
Kirin Kiki ... House wife / Head of maid
Julie Dreyfus ... Mademoiselle
Yoshio Harada ... Big Star
Kinji Fukasaku Kinji Fukasaku ... Film Director
An Actor An Actor ... Movie Actor


Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of events just like his forbidden story. As the film progresses, fantasy and reality intermingle in a tale that draws heavily on influences from Poe and Stoker's Dracula. The film's strongly Expressionistic direction skillfully combines a variety of media (animation, computer-generated imagery, grainy black-and-white fast film stock, color negatives) for artistic effect. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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So provocative the censors banned it, so powerful it came true.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for images of bizarre sexuality






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19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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The Mystery of Rampo See more »


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The studio issued two versions of this film following a falling out between the director and producer. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kazuyoshi Okuyama hired Rintaro Mayuzumi to direct this movie and then was not pleased with the results. Okuyama personally reshot about 40% of the movie, re-edited the existing footage and added many surreal elements. There are 6 noteworthy differences between the versions.
  • Bruce Joel Rubin narrates a new introduction in English.
  • Animated short film by Yasuhiro Nagura inserted.
  • Show business party added as new beginning.
  • Original soundtrack was removed.
  • Subliminal frames are edited into footage of the Count's mansion.
  • Special musk fragrance was sprayed in theaters before each showing
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A novelist finds that as he writes his novel the events happen in real life.
9 January 2007 | by samsloan-1See all my reviews

The plot centers around a Nagamochi, which is a Japanese treasure chest. A woman goes shopping while her husband, who has to stay at home because he is sick, plays hide-and-go seek with the children. He hides in the Nagamochi. The children cannot find him and finally give up. When the wife comes home, she discovers to her horror that her husband has died of suffocation in the nagamochi.

This, however, is just the plot for a novel being written by a famous writer. Just before his novel is about to be published, it is banned by the government. Since it cannot be published, he burns his work.

The next day he reads the newspaper and discovers that an incident just like that which is described in his novel has really happened. He goes to find the woman and discovers that she has the same name as the character in his novel. This must be a coincidence because he has burned his work and nobody else had ever read it.

He cannot leave this poor woman abandoned, so he goes back and writes again. As he writes page after page, the events he describes in his book happen in real life.

The movie is slow moving and surrealistic. It seems to be a dream within a dream. This will never make it on prime time, but is is a great movie with high art.

Sam Sloan

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