A Snake of June
Set in an anonymous Japanese metropolis, the film tells the tale of shy career woman, Rinko and Shigehiko, her hygiene-obsessed, workaholic husband. The couple explore their sexuality in a number of ways, causing their lives to be disrupted.
Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the arthouse classic "Teteuo: The Iron Man", directed this erotic mystery. It's film in blue, and has a really distinctive visual style. It touches on themes of repression and misguided ideals in Japanese society.
interesting!! a nice plot, thrilling but keeping the pace low. strange tetsuo like parts. i think i like this movie!! i definetely have to try tokyo fist next.
For the most part, this is a three-hander in which an off-screen stalker tries to persuade a married woman whom he's caught wanking in a public place to repeat her indiscretion. But after an hour, there's a scene in which he confronts her fat, bald husband and attacks him with a pair of previously unseen robotic tentacles! At this point you remember that Tsukamoto also made the brilliant Tetsuo films and Tokyo Fist. A Snake of June, meanwhile, is disappointingly unerotic, and utterly bizarre, though never boring.
Only after I had watched this fascinating and powerful film did I realise this was the ‘Tetsuo’ man. I have yet to see any of the more well known ones but will certainly now pluck up the courage to investigate. Generally considered to be atypical of his work his cinematic eye and confidence are nevertheless all too apparent. Sometimes a little confusing but always compelling. Difficult to describe in a few words and whilst I can understand it being referred to as the director’s only venture into erotic cinema, that is in itself rather misleading. It is true that the, tremendously well played, leading lady’s sexuality is central to the film’s theme but Tsukamoto takes us well beyond this. In…