Adapting the Edogawa Rampo short story The Twins, Shinya Tsukamoto’s (Tetsuo I & II) modernist Meiji horror represents the director’s first foray into period films and fleshes out Rampo’s original tale of savage sibling rivalry considerably.
Yukio is living a charmed life: he is a respected young doctor with a successful practice and a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife is suffering from amnesia, and her past is unknown. Things begin to fall apart, however, when both his parents die suddenly, killed by a mysterious stranger with Yukio’s face. Only when Yukio confronts this stranger will the mystery of his identity, and his wife’s past, be revealed.
Marked out by its bold, hyper-realistic colour palate, exaggerated make up and costume design and an absurd taste of the carnivalesque, this chilling psychological tale should prove more than a sufficient antidote to those left jaded by the restrained, by-numbers approach adopted by the majority of late 1990s horrors that appeared in the wake of Ring.
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Ryô, Tadanobu Asano
Genre: Erotic Horror
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Runtime: 84 minutes
- Audio commentary by Tom Mes, author of Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto
- Making of Gemini” featurette directed by Takashi Miike (15 minutes)
- Venice Film Festival featurette (17 minutes)
- Make-up demonstration featurette (6 minutes)
- Behind the Scenes (20 minutes)
- Original Trailer
- First 1000 units come with slipcase featuring new artwork illustrated by Ian MacEwan