aka Sōseiji, directed by Shin’ya Tsukamoto, 1999, 84min

Two twin brothers. Yukio the good son, the paragon, a gifted doctor, enjoying the privileges of his birth. Shakichi the bad seed, the prodigal. Torn from his brother at birth and left to die in the gutter. A vicious gangster driven by vengeance returning home to reclaim his own forbidden heritage. Two brothers who share only a face, a fate and a woman: the beautiful Rin. A brutal killer’s moll. A society doctor’s loving wife. Tsukamoto seamlessly welds his trademark hyperkinetic cybervisuals to a more studied, classic style, beautifully reminiscent of Ozu Yasujiro’s greatest moments.

Gemini Tsukamoto

Tsukamoto started making movies at the age of 14, when his father gave him a Super 8 camera. His black & white 16 mm feature cult classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1988) is considered as the definitive example of Japanese cyberpunk. He also created a follow-up to Tetsuo: The Iron Man, named Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, which revisited many of the same ideas as the first movie but with a bigger budget and shot in color on 35 mm film.  Gemini (1999) was an adaptation of a Rampo Edogawa story, in which a country doctor with pretensions of superiority has his life torn apart when another man who appears to be his exact duplicate enters his life. Tsukamoto acts in nearly all of his films, except in Hiruko the Goblin and Gemini, which he worked on as  a director for the request of the production company.

SAT 13.4.2013, Juhlasali, 19:00

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