Hasami Otoko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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YesAsia Editorial Description
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.
|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|
|Publisher Product Code:||TDV-15318D|
|Place of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004048468|
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Professional Review of "Hasami Otoko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"
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