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736 Ratings

A Snake of June

Rokugatsu no hebi

Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Japan, 2002
Mystery, Drama, Cult


Set in an anonymous Japanese metropolis, the film tells the tale of shy career woman Rinko, and her workaholic husband Shigehiko, with whom she shares no intimacy. One day she receives some compromising photographs of herself. The sender will give her the negatives if she complies with his demands.

Our take

Shinya Tsukamoto set himself apart in contemporary Japanese cinema as the unique creator of nightmarish visions set in futuristic worlds. In bluish black and white, this erotic tale evocatively conveys the tensions of sexual repression and obsession, winning a Special Jury Prize in Venice.

A Snake of June Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto

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