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Strange Circus
Strange Circus
Actors: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Mai Takahashi (II), Fujiko
Director: Sion Sono
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2007     1hr 49min

Mitsuko is forced to watch her parents lovemaking by her perverted father and her domineering mother, who imprison her in a cello case employed with a peephole. When Mitsuko s mother apparently dies, her father forces the ...  more »


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Actors: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Mai Takahashi (II), Fujiko
Director: Sion Sono
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: TLA Releasing
Format: DVD - Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/06/2007
Original Release Date: 03/06/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 03/06/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Laurie S. (LaurieS) from MERRIMACK, NH
Reviewed on 8/8/2010...
A dark and disturbing look at a family totally broken down and destroyed by the cruelty of a disgusting pig of a father/husband. Not for the faint of heart or those who stay away from sexual violence.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Note that it is missing 24 minutes!!!
Hunter | Orlando, FL USA | 11/05/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Actually, until I hit that point, I was ready to get this - movies do not offend me. But I see no point to purchasing a film with a few minutes missing - much less 24- a quarter of the film - and from the sound of the reviewer I learned this from this is perfectly acceptable because the missing parts offer more detail of the situation. ???

I am always thankful when someone provides this kind of information - now if someone will arrange an uncut release, my credit card will be out and ready - but never for this chopped up version."
True to its title...3 1/2 stars.
Woopak | Where Dark Asian Knights Dwell | 04/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Strange Circus is from the director of Suicide Club. Both films are controversial and very uninhibited with their theme.
Very bizarre, uninhibited, disturbingly wierd to its very core, this film doesn't leave much for the imagination, it pushes the envelope in the world of the macabre and the unusual. Actually, bizarre is an understatement. Decapitated limbs, incestuous lovemaking, and blood-soaked walls squeeze deep within the story's convoluted and utterly unnerving nature. It's the type of film that you want to look away from if it wasn't so intriguing.

A film that pushes the envelope this far has to be artistically captivating in its cinematography and immersive in execution to offset its exploitative premise and bypass its dark shadowy premise. The film delivers; with such lurid visual grandeur, dark twisted philosophy and a very strong and aggressive narrative style from director Sion Sono, it manages to rise above that label, but still maintain a feeling of gritty disgust which looms in its endless pit of the unusual. Buckle your seat belts and check your airbags, because all the odd and disturbing twists and turns within Strange Circus could disturb the viewer in a way that simulates whiplash.

As much as I would like to give you details of the screenplay, I'd rather have the ones who happen to rent/buy this title be taken on a ride. Suffice it to say, the film revolves around the decline of child named Mitsuko, and her mother Sayuri/Taeko the novelist. While this is a very grotesque tale of a love triangle, the good cinematography can preoccupy the viewer of this odd tale.

Masumi Miyazaki gives a great performance. She is quite gutsy to pull this off. She manages to capture the aura of Sayuri's/Taeko's eroticism as well as her twisted presence. She is quite a sight. The actress must have been hand-picked for this role. Sexy, alluring but with a disturbing aura about her; Miyasaki rivals Aya Sugimoto when it comes to raw twisted sexuality.

Strange Circus is an experience very much alike when you experience motion sickness. Viewers will feel like being grabbed by the spine and shaken until you pass out. For some reason, I managed to sit through the entire film because it gets you curious on how it will end. It has that effect much like when you see a car wreck, you want to look away but for unknown some reason you can't and your eyes are stuck.

Video/Audio: This TLA release video transfer is much like the Japanese region 3 release. The transfer is very sufficient to a film this type. It has some video noise but not bad. The 5.1 DD track is quite crisp. It delivers that loud creepy score.

I would like to warn you that this is not for the faint of heart. It is a journey into the unusual with a VERY shocking level of abnormality. People who liked Lynchian-type mind-benders may want to give it a shot. The film's premise is of such sensitive nature that only the MOST TIMID recommendation can be given. [3.5 stars]

Deep,disturbing and captivating
Bob Whitley | San luis obispo, CA | 03/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the most disturbing films i have ever seen. It deals with child physical,sexual and emotional abuse in the most in your face manner possible. A little girl is forced by her own father to watch sexual acts through a peephole. The movie gets darker and darker with every scene and through the whole thing you get the feeling that your watching a nightmare on screen. Its very disturbing but its a solid film."