Gemini (1999) (Blu-ray Review)

Gemini (1999) (Blu-ray Review)

Gemini (1999) (Blu-ray Review)

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Gemini (1999) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryo, Shiho Fujimura
Rated: UR/Region A/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mondo Macabro

This stunning film from director Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO, NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE) is set in Tokyo in 1910. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji (Masahiro Motoki), is a former military doctor who has taken over a successful medical practice from his father. He appears to be living a charmed life: he is respected in the local community and is married to the beautiful Rin (Ryo). His only problem is that she suffers from amnesia, and her past is unknown. But soon his world begins to crumble. Both his parents die suddenly, killed by a bizarre, rag-wearing stranger. Yukio’s relationship with his wife worsens after he refuses to cure the inhabitants of a nearby slum. Then one day he comes face to face with the mysterious killer and a shocking and deadly secret is revealed.

Gemini is certainly a movie that comes from the mind of director Shinya Tsukamoto. Here we are introduced to a doctor named Yukio who is a whole mess of a situation. His dad dies and then his mom dies right after. Soon it would appear that something or someone is now targeting him and his wife, who by the way, has amnesia. All these strange elements come to a head soon enough and we have a super weird and at times awkwardly erotic movie on our hands. This was one of the first movies that Tsukamoto did that was a step away from the usual stuff he did in movies like Tetsuo but it still remains as strange as ever. A movie like this shows you why he and his friend Takashi Miike have movies that can at times be a lot alike and even share some of the same actors like in this case, Tadanobu Asano, who was still in his prime Ichi form for his small but memorable role here.

Gemini was a movie I had never seen before and I was beyond excited to see it come out on Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro. This review is based on the normal blue case version but this is a release that doesn’t disappoint at all. The movie looks very good and solid. It has a transfer that really compliments the cinematography and strange vibe the movie gives off. It even tops its self by also featuring the making-of documentary in the extras that was done by Takashi Miike. This is a movie that packs a whole lot of twists and turns along the way. It’s about a lot of things and some things the movie is subject to and be pretty deep. It also plays my fondness of weird Asian movies. If you are also a fan of the weirder side of Asian cinema I think you’ll be right at home here with this. I enjoyed this whole release a lot.

Extras

  • HD transfer from a film negative.
  • Making of GEMINI directed by Takashi Miike.
  • Venice Premiere featurette.
  • Make-Up demonstration.
  • Behind the Scenes – seven episodes.
  • Optional English subtitles.
  • Mondo Macabro previews.

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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