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From Tetsuo: The Iron Man to Tokyo Fist, Japanese cult director Tsukamoto Shinya has built his career on subverting and shocking through grotesque subject matters, graphic images, and over-the-top violence. His films take viewers on lush, surreal journeys to the root of human nature, however ugly and disturbing that may be. Based on an Edogawa Rampo story, his 1999 film Gemini, a.k.a. Soseji, considered by some to be the director's best work, departs from the modern industrial landscape of his previous films for a late Meiji period setting. The film stars Motoko Masahiro (The Bird People in China) in dual roles, caught in a fatalistic battle with inner and outer demons.

Country doctor Yukio (Motoki Masahiro) couldn't ask for much more from life. Well respected in the community, he has a flourishing practice and a beautiful wife (Ryo), albeit one who can't remember her past. Yukio prefers to treat and associate with the upper class, and his disdain for the less fortunate causes him to turn away from those in need. But soon his storybook life begins to fall apart, with the murder of his parents and the appearance of a dangerous man who looks exactly like him and is intent on taking over his life.

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Product Title: Gemini (DVD) (Korea Version) Gemini (Korea Version) Gemini (DVD) (Korea Version) Gemini (DVD) (Korea Version) 쌍생아 (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Motoki Masahiro | Fujimura Shiho 本木雅弘 | 藤村志保 本木雅弘 | 藤村志保 本木雅弘 | 藤村志保 Motoki Masahiro | Fujimura Shiho
Director: Tsukamoto Shinya 塚本晉也 冢本晋也 塚本晋也 Tsukamoto Shinya
Release Date: 2007-03-23
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Cineline
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004684644

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0
* Extras :
- cast&crew
- 프로덕션 노트
- 포토 갤러리
- 메이킹 필름
- 모토키 마사히로 사진집
- 료 사진집
- 츠카모토 신야 사진집
- 홍보자료 등

* Director : 츠카모토 신야 (Shinya Tsukamoto)

신분차이가 심했던 메이지 시대 말기. 다이토쿠지 의원의 아들로 아버지의 뒤를 이어 명의로 이름을 떨치고 있는 유키오는 젊고 아름다운 링을 아내로 맞는다. 누구나 부러워하는 부잣집에 시집온 링은 화재로 기억을 모두 잃어버린 불행한 여인이다. 부모의 반대에 불구하고 유키오는 아내를 헌신적으로 사랑한다. 그러나 링이 집안에 들어오면서부터 이상한 기운이 감돌고 급기야는 아버지와 어머니가 비운의 죽음을 맞게 된다. 불길한 일들의 원인을 찾으려 고심하던 유키오는 어느날 정원에서 자신을 쫓는 그림자를 발견한다. 갑자기 유키오의 목을 조르고 유키오를 우물에 던져 넣는 그림자. 떨어지는 순간, 유키오는 그림자의 얼굴을 보고 경악한다. 그림자의 정체는 유키오의 쌍둥이 형제인 스테키치. 스테키치는 그때부터 모두를 감쪽같이 속여가며 유키오로서 생활한다. 가끔 우물로 가서 유키오에게 밥을 던져주며 욕설을 퍼붓는 스테키치. 어느날, 스테키치는 놀라운 사실을 유키오에게 들려준다. 유키오가 사랑하던 아내 링이 빈민굴의 여인이라는 사실과 링이 자신의 여자였다는 것을... 가짜 유키오의 이중생활이 계속되는 가운데, 진짜 유키오는 탈출의 기회를 노린다. 그리고 기억을 잃어버렸던 링의 과거도 점점 드러나는데...
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Professional Review of "Gemini (DVD) (Korea Version)"

July 31, 2007

This professional review refers to Gemini (DVD) (Japan Version)
Despite my enduring love for the work of Shinya Tsukamoto - in my view one of the most consistently challenging and rewarding film makers in the world - there haved been, until recently a pair of his films which I had never seen in their entirety. One is Tetsuo II, the other Gemini. The Tetsuo title remains on the 'to watch' list but thanks to a recent ultra low cost Japanese reissue of Gemini on DVD, I have finally been able to cross that one off of the list.

Adapted from a short story by Edogawa Rampo, Gemini is one of only two work-for-hire projects Tsukamoto has accepted over the course of his career. Radically different from his early output, Gemini came as a surprise to many fans at the time but in retrospect, with his more recent output in mind, the film makes far more sense. Rampo and Tsukamoto seem a natural, even an obvious fit now, both of them embracing a certain formal elegance and belief in the beauty of the grotesque.

A tale of sibling rivalry gone horribly wrong, Gemini stars Masahiro Motoki as Yukio Daitokuji, a doctor who built a glowing reputation for treating wounded soldiers during the war despite his own unspoken feelings that much of his work in that time was simply wasted effort. Daitokuji lives in his magnificent family estate with his parents and young, amnesiac bride Rin - discovered on the banks of a nearby river - blissfully untouched by the poverty rampant in the surrounding, post-war countryside.

Everything in Daitokuji's life appears perfect on the surface, an impression he has worked hard to maintain. But a plague has broken out in the region, he is swamped with patients, and resentment is building among the local populace due to the priority he gives to treating the wealthy and his disdain for the poor. There is tension between his parents and Rin, whom they regard as little more than a homeless wastrel, and a shadowy figure has been spotted lurking in the garden, a figure dear old mom seems to know more about than she's saying.

By the time Daitokuji learns the truth about the figure, it is far too late. The figure is his identical twin brother, abandoned in the local slums at birth due to a disfiguring birthmark, returned to take his revenge. Father is killed, Daitokuji thrown down a dired out well, and the brother takes his place.

In many ways Gemini marks a significant turning point for Tsukamoto. Until this point of his career all of his films - Hiruko the Goblin excepted - were driven at least to some degree by the propulsive aesthetics of Tetsuo and his experimental theater work. Gemini is where Tsukamoto first dove headlong into character work, and that experience clearly marked his subsequent output. While the film still clearly showcases the auteur's fixation with body horror - the casual insertion of war amputees in the waiting room stands out strongly - it also shows him experimenting to greater degrees than ever before with light, texture and subtle effects to create mood, the general absence of eyebrows throughout proving surprisingly unsettling.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Gemini (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (3)

Momoko
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July 23, 2007

This customer review refers to Gemini (DVD) (Special Edition) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
An Elegant, yet Jarring Film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Gemini is definitely not your average, cut-and-dried Japanese horror film. Actually, in this case, the term “horror film” seems nothing more than a misnomer. This is an elegant, haunting film, set in the Meiji period of Japan (following the Russo-Japanese War), with an ominous and unique cyber punk aesthetic. It reveals a complex plotline, which expands upon the original tale (written by Edogawa Rampo), through character development and in an engaging and thought-provoking way. But nothing in this movie is simply fed to its audience; it is the audience’s duty to observe and absorb this film experience and to interpret the film’s meaning in their own way.

Shinya Tsukamoto and Masahiro Motoki are extremely talented and really make this movie what it is. I highly recommend this film above all other film adaptations of Rampo’s work.
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Darzel
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March 28, 2003

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Hated It Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
After reading the review on this site for this movie I was so excited about ordering it. When it finally arrived and I sat down to watch it, I was extrememly disappointed. The movie is short and the story is very rushed. Many elements of the story line are only briefly explained and some are not explained at all. The characters are underdeveloped and there is very little action. At the moment I thought the picture would get interesting it was over. This is not a film I would recommend and I'm glad I bought it on VCD first and not on DVD.
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Jerry
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May 21, 2001

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One Of The Best Movie Ever!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Get the movie now!!! This movie is definitely one of the best movie of all time!!! This movie combines mystery, asian horror, and love story all into one movie. These elements bond so well that you cant tell what kinda movie it really is, there is absolutely no gap or any diversity between the elements. What I really like about this movie is that it keeps you in suspense and creates a mood that force you to feel like you are in that movie. The most brilliance part of the movie is near the end, when the writer of the movie use the identity of the twin to play tricks with your mind. The climax explains pretty much the whole movie but yet also make you confuse abut what just happened. I tried to organize the plot but just got more confuse at the end. Trust me!!! Dont try it out!!! At the end you just cant tell Who is Who, What is What, Where is Where, When is When, and Why is Why.....
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