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Hasami Otoko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Ikeda Toshiharu returns to the forefront of Japanese genre filmmaking with this complex and intriguing serial killer movie. The director of Evil Dead Trap and Angel Guts brings us the story of Yasunaga (Toyokawa Etsushi), a cold and methodical serial killer who impales his victims with a pair of scissors (the English title of the movie is The Man Behind The Scissors). Together with his female accomplice Chinatsu (Kumiko Aso), he is able to successfully evade capture by Higuchi Koji's police detective. However, when their next intended victim is found dead, the two killers realize that there is a copycat on the loose who might just get them caught! Their only hope is to find out who it is before the police crack the case.

More restrained than Ikeda's previous efforts, Hasami Otoko is surprisingly bloodless for a serial killer movie, but instead spends its time twisting and turning the plot to leave the audience guessing until the very end.

Special features on this disc include cast and crew interviews, making-of featurette, deleted footage, theatrical trailer and more.

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Product Title: Hasami Otoko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Hasami Otoko (日本版 - 英文字幕) Hasami Otoko (日本版 - 英文字幕) ハサミ男 Hasami Otoko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: The Man Behind The Scissors The Man Behind The Scissors The Man Behind The Scissors The Man Behind The Scissors The Man Behind The Scissors
Artist Name(s): Toyokawa Etsushi | Ishimaru Kenjiro | Ono Miyuki | Miwa Akemi | Niki Terumi | Terada Minori | Aso Kumiko | Abe Hiroshi 豐川悅司 | 石丸謙二郎 | Ono Miyuki | Miwa Akemi | Niki Terumi | 寺田農 | 麻生久美子 | 阿部寬 丰川悦司 | Ishimaru Kenjiro | Ono Miyuki | Miwa Akemi | Niki Terumi | 寺田农 | 麻生久美子 | 阿部宽 豊川悦司 | 石丸謙二郎 | 小野みゆき | 三輪明日美 | 二木てるみ | 寺田農 | 樋口浩二 | 阪田瑞穂 | 斎藤歩 | 本多俊之(音楽) | 池田敏春(脚本) | 殊能将之(原作) | 香川まさひと(脚本) | 麻生久美子 | 阿部寛 Toyokawa Etsushi | Ishimaru Kenjiro | Ono Miyuki | Miwa Akemi | Niki Terumi | Terada Minori | Aso Kumiko | Abe Hiroshi
Director: 池田敏春(監督)
Release Date: 2005-11-25
Publisher Product Code: TDV-15318D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 119 (mins)
Publisher: Toho
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004048468

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タイトル:ハサミ男
出演:豊川悦司/麻生久美子/阿部寛/斎藤歩/樋口浩二/石丸謙二郎/阪田瑞穂/小野みゆき/三輪明日美/二木てるみ/寺田農
監督:池田敏春(監督)/池田敏春(脚本)/殊能将之(原作)/香川まさひと(脚本)/本多俊之(音楽)

美しく清潔で頭の良い美少女ばかりが殺される。少女の喉元には、鋭利に研がれたハサミが突き立てられていた。世間はこの快楽殺人者を“ハサミ男”と呼んだ。知夏(麻生久美子)と安永(豊川悦司)は真相を突き止めるべく“ハサミ男”を探しはじめるが、それは、想像を絶する、驚くべき自分たちとの戦慄の闘いでもあった——。

オリジナル予告編/メイキング/監督インタビュー/未公開映像

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:カラー
画面:Vista
言語/音声:日本語:モノラル

その他の情報
製作年:2004
著作権:(C)2004「ハサミ男」製作委員会
備考:1枚組
シルバーメタリックジャケット仕様
特典映像:監督インタビュー、メイキング、未公開映像、予告編
日本小売価格:¥3800

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October 25, 2005

A field somewhere in Japan. A schoolgirl rides up on her bicycle and apologizes breathlessly to the silent couple waiting for her there that she is late. They approach, she falls, and when they leave she is lying peacefully on the ground with a pair of scissors planted cruciform in her throat. A serial killer is preying upon school girls in Tokyo, or rather, a pair of killers working in concert. At least that is how the film begins but as Hasami Otoko progresses it shows a remarkable ability to shift and change just when you think you have a handle on it.

In the early going the film appears to be a fairly standard psychological thriller focusing on the killers and their unusual relationship. The woman does the research, finding the victims and laying out the groundwork. The man does the actual killing. As the viewer you are left to ponder the meaning of their rigidly repeated pattern as well as the relationship between the two that has the woman participating in something she is clearly uncomfortable with. But the film quickly takes a turn. After the pair of killers wraps up scouting the home of their next intended victim they stumble across a body in a park. It is their intended schoolgirl and she has been killed by a copycat, their own killings now well publicized. Having been seen with the body they are now forced to stay as witnesses lest they tip their hand. And believing themselves found out - after all, what are the chances of a copycat hitting the very same girl they intended to themselves - they set out on a search for the copycat killer themselves hoping to discover and pin their earlier crimes on him before the police capture and pin his crimes on them. The mystery, and the chase, has now become a three pointed triangle.

Just as you become comfortable with this new format to the film things shift again. The relationship between our initial couple that seemed like such a central mystery is resolved surprisingly early on - if you're paying attention you should have it sorted by the half hour mark - and the police correctly recognize that there is a copycat and identify who it is a full half hour before the film's conclusion. And here is where you realize that you have been lulled into a false sense of familiarity, the film's use of genre convention has led you to believe that it is when thing when it is actually something entirely different, in this case an attempt to humanize the killer's actions.

Hasami Otoko is a difficult film to evaluate. On the one hand there is no denying that it keeps you on your toes, constantly bending and shifting to take you in new and unexpected directions. On the other hand, rare though they may be the humanized-killer film has been attempted a few times before and they seldom turn out well. At the end of the day do people really want to feel affection, sympathy or recognition towards a serial killer? Generally not. The film also commits the cardinal sin of falling in love with its own ideas and spending too little time on its characters as a result, strong performances in one quarter balanced out by others that are little more than caricature.

That the film succeeds in making you care about it's central character is a triumph in itself but Hasami Otoko is nonetheless a very uneven effort. An interesting experiment with some solid ideas but not entirely successful.

By Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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