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Program Title: Rampo Noir
EASC Code: JR-16
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD
Director: Suguru Takeuchi, Akio Jissoji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Sato
Producer:
Release Date: 2006
Running Time: 134 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: A vivid adaptation of the short stories of Taro Hirai A.K.A. Edogawa Rampo, often recalled as the Japanese Edgar Allan Poe. Four auteur directors provide a shocking compilation of short films each stylistically different and based on the masterpieces of the great Japanese mystery writer. These dark narratives are mysterious forays into grotesque and erotic fantasy world.

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Data Entry Date: 2/6/2009