A limited edition set of 3 works by cult Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto.
Killing (2018) In exchange for board and lodging, samurai Mokunoshi (Sôsuke Ikematsu) hels in the everyday lives of a couple of local farmers. When the ronin Sawamura (played by director Tsukamoto) suddenly appears, asking Mokunoshi to go on a mission in Edo, and at the same time a bunch of bandits are lurking on the edge of the village, the peaceful existence of the three comes under threat.
Haze (2005) A man awakes to find himself trapped in a dirty, confined crawlspace. He also has no memory of why he's there. He tries to edge towards his way to freedom, but the more he explores, the more pain he has to endure, and the more frightening his predicament becomes.
Adventure of Denchu Kozo (1987) Hikari is bullied at school because he has an electricity pole growing out of his back. One of his classmates named Momo comes to his rescue and he thanks her by sharing his secret possession with her: a time machine. Activating the time machine transports him 25 years into a dark, dystopian, world of the future.
Three pleasantly offbeat films
- Tsukamoto: Killing / Haze / Adventure of Denchu Kozo review by LC
All three of the films on this two-disc set are worth checking out. 'Killing' is clearly the main feature, both in terms of length and budget. At first this tale of Samurais protecting farmers seems almost too generic (with 'Seven Samurais' being an obvious influence), but we get some odd sexual scenes midway through, before the climax completely veers away from what would usually be expected. The other two are more experimental shorts (both under an hour in length). 'Denchu Kozo' is clearly an early film with zero budget, but is dripping in style, and most obviously the work of the man responsible for 'Tetsuo:Iron Man' - this tale of a boy with an electric pole growing out of his back time travelling to battle future vampires is full of frantic stop-motion editing and cyberpunk lunacy. Finally 'Haze' is a slower-moving horror, with a man waking up in an underground torture chamber - a claustrophobic piece which ends up having a more open metaphoric resolution.
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