After a tragic car accident where his girlfriend Ryôko Ooyama (Nami Tsukamoto) died, Hiroshi Takagi (Tadanobu Asano) suffers amnesia with his memories completely blanked. When he sees a book about dissection, he decides to join the medical school with the support of his parents. In the dissection class, his group participates of the autopsy of a young woman, and while cutting apart the tissue, he partially recalls his accident. Later, when he sees a tattoo in the arm of the corpse, he discloses that she was his girlfriend and becomes obsessed to go further in the examination of the body. —IMDb
Constant comparisons to such distinctive celluloid experimentalists as David Cronenberg and David Lynch may give the uninitiated an idea of what to expect aesthetically and thematically from the works of renegade Japanese filmmaker/actor Shinya Tsukamoto, though as complimentary as they may be, the comparisons ultimately don’t do justice to the remarkably original and frantic essence of his hauntingly jarring cinematic nightmares. From the cringe-inducing, hyper-kinetic body horror of Tetsuo: The Iron Man to the creeping deliberation of Gemini, Tsukamoto’s intriguing body of work has isolated critics and audiences while building a strong fan base who share his technophobe paranoia and cyber-punk sensibility.
Born in Shibuya, Tokyo, in 1960, Tsukamoto found inspiration early in his childhood from the television series Ultra-Q. Making his directorial debut via Super-8 film around the age of 14, the future director later found creative outlet in painting and theater. Briefly putting… read more
It happens to heard of some famous music record that a minor artist would have made dozens of albums with all the themes and ideas within it. Same can be said for some books. It's harder to heard it for movies: the strictly sequential nature of cinema just tears apart when you try to push it too far, and that's what happened here. Not a bad film, but it could have easily made three better ones.
the dance sequence stilll stood in my mind very prominently. this film is a gem.
Eros & Thanatos featured through a medical student dissecting his own deceased girlfriend, his memories of their erotic asphyxiation, and the careful and discerning scorn of the people around him, featured through heavily stylistic use of editing, theatre, and dance. A half-remembered fatal car accident, just like Tetsuo: the Iron Man. Thematic quote: "How can I compete with the perfect happiness of false memories?