The Mystery Of Rampo

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Mystery

Mild-mannered mystery writer Edogawa Rampo (to uncover the homophonic origins of this pen name, pretend you're Jerry Lewis imitating a Japanese person, then say "Edgar Allan Poe") becomes mesmerized by a woman accused of murdering her husband in exactly the manner he described in an unpublished story. Has his fiction somehow come to life? And if so, what...read more

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Mild-mannered mystery writer Edogawa Rampo (to uncover the homophonic origins of this pen name, pretend you're Jerry Lewis imitating a Japanese person, then say "Edgar Allan Poe") becomes mesmerized by a woman accused of murdering her husband in exactly the manner he described in an

unpublished story. Has his fiction somehow come to life? And if so, what control does he have over his creations? To muddle matters further, there really was a hugely popular Japanese novelist who called himself Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965), and the film's characters are drawn from his writings,

echoing the vertiginous blend of fact, fiction and literature of a MISHIMA or HAMMETT. Set in a gloriously art-directed fantasy of 1930s Japan, this moving hall of mirrors is situated precariously between dreamily hypnotic fantasy and pretentious twaddle. Ultimately, sheer, sumptuous gorgeousness

tips the scales in its favor: Nothing so sensuously satisfying can be all bad.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Mild-mannered mystery writer Edogawa Rampo (to uncover the homophonic origins of this pen name, pretend you're Jerry Lewis imitating a Japanese person, then say "Edgar Allan Poe") becomes mesmerized by a woman accused of murdering her husband in exactly th… (more)

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