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(THE STRANGER FROM AFAR)
"Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake." -TV Guide
Tip of the Week -New City Chicago
"Disturbing" -Chicago Reader
Marebito is a uniquely poetic and otherworldly dark fantasy that unfolds like a linear waking dream - or nightmare. Masuoka (played by director Shinya Tsukamoto, Vital) is a cameraman who records a man committing suicide in the Tokyo subway system, and finds himself obsessed by the dead man's motives, as well as his final expression of terror, driven by unseen forces. Following his final gaze leads Masuoka to a door, an entry into a bizarre, cavernous underworld of hidden catacombs, where he encounters a mute, nude feral girl chained to a rock. Masuoka frees her and takes her to his dingy home that is illuminated by the constant flicker of video monitors. Observing her through his web cam while at work, he begins to suspect that there is something truly inhuman about this girl with sharp teeth who walks on all fours. As he begins to uncover more horrifying secrets, Masuoka realizes that he has found the key to the knowledge he has been searching for, plunging him into a nightmare of a gruesome new world. Marebito combines the talents of two pillars of Japanese genre cinema: director Takashi Shimizu, creator of The Grudge, and Shinya Tsukamoto, the director of cult successes such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tokyo Fist and A Snake of June, as lead actor Masuoka. Made in just 8 days, Shimizu has produced a film of supernatural horror whose gory hyperrealism conjures up terrifying images that create a genuine sense of unease in this gripping homage to the the macabre world of H.P Lovecraft.
Directed by Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2004, 35mm, 94 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.