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Black Kiss (2004)

Seri Iwahori , Huiri Okada , Macoto Tezka  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Seri Iwahori, Huiri Okada, Kaori Kawamura
  • Directors: Macoto Tezka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJISG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Asuka (Reika Hashimoto), an aspiring model, moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She takes up residence with a moody acquaintance named Kasumi (Kaori Kawamura). Across the street from their apartment, Asuka witnesses a bizarre murder — the body was flayed, disemboweled and arranged into a hideous work of art.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of an Enigma... June 10, 2007
Format:DVD
BLACK KISS(original title: SYNCHRONICITY) is from Japanese director Makato Tezuka, son of anime legend Osamu Tezuka(Astro Boy, Kimba the white lion). The son has yet to fill his father's shoes, in his previous film, Hakuchi the idiot, he still leans towards rambling, overly long, stylish visuals, unsupported by a coherent plot or substance.

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The story begins when Asuka(Reika Hashimoto), an aspiring model in Tokyo is looking for a place to stay. Asuka is introduced by one of the production assistants in a modeling firm, Kasumi decides to let her stay with her. Kasumi(Kaori Kawamura) at first is unfriendly, with her own baggage of issues. Across the street is the Bats Hotel, (Bates motel inspired?), from the window she witnesses a man being cut up with a scalpel by a petite woman. (which is actually the climax of the opening sex scene)Upon the police's arrival at the scene, they find a severely dissected man with roses stuck in his eyes. After she witnesses this crime, Asuka's troubles begin, ironically, as well as her popularity.
A series of coincidental murders begin to occur. Mutilated bodies with voodoo symbols gets mailed to the police, stuffed animals with body parts and mutilated heads, all with a black "Kiss mark". The murdered fashion models all seem to hold a link to Kasumi.
Spoilers end here...

The movie seems to lack discipline. I couldn't really figure out which direction it wants to go, is it a dark drama, mind-bender or horror thriller? It was some very gruesome scenes which should suggest a splatter fest, but it loses its effect when beautified by colors and décor, perhaps this is what the director intended, to express a twisted idea.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Murder Models July 17, 2008
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Director Tezuka Makato is a guy with a lot of ideas. Too many ideas, as it turns out, and he is unable to weave all of his ideas together into a cohesive film. What you are left with is a rambling mess of storylines, none of which is particularly bad, and almost any of which could have been pulled out and stretched into a decent flick. As it stands "Black Kiss" is a frustrating and ultimately unsatisfying film.

The first part of the film is the best. A sexy murder mystery, it has all the necessary components. The victims and victims-to-be are all beautiful fashion models, and Tezuka makes sure they have plenty of screen time to reel you in. To kick things off a brutal and elegant locked-door murder is served up, which introduces us to the rumpled police detective who will hunt down the killer, and a retired police officer with an interest in the occult to serve as his mentor and advisor. Everything is good so far, but then suddenly derails into a class/buddy film, as two of the models, both half-Japanese, learn to live with each other as roommates even though their social conditions are so different. The punker and the princess motif. Kind of remembering that this is supposed to be a murder mystery, the film then further jumps tracks as the killer is revealed, and suddenly everyone is in long leather jackets and we are on the set of The Matrix. At this point, the finale elicits laughs rather than shivers, because the whole thing is just too bizarre. Wrapped around all of these separate parts is an existential discussion on fate, which lends the film its original name, Synchronicity, but doesn't fit into anything else going on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL'S LUCK June 3, 2014
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This is an unusual murder mystery that you won't get Scooby-Doo. Asuka is a straight laced model who rooms with the wild Kasumi. The film opens with a snuff murder, but then follows Asuka up to the time of the murder at which point the stories comes together, although you never knew they ran concentric. The police investigate the Voodoo aspect of the killings and a bunch of red herrings trying to connect them, as I can only sit there and scratch my head. Everything seems to be connected while being disjointed.

And then...[PLOT SPOILER] the killer is...well if I knew I would tell you. Good Luck with this one.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb, sex, nudity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale December 22, 2007
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Format:DVD
Summary

A young and budding model (Asuka) is looking for a place to stay and someone at work offers to help. She stays with Kazumi a dark girl who has a chip on her shoulder. While staying there Asuka witnesses a brutal murder and the police need to find out who it is before more people die.

Personal Observations

I was told about this film by a friend and it was hard to find. I finally got found it and I was very impressed. I thought I could figure it out but everytime I thought I had it something else happened. The murders are interesting and you will always be at the edge of your bed or seat. The acting is great and the filming has awesome shots. This movie is a must have for anyone looking for a good thrill. This box also comes with another small disc with small stuff on it. I don't want to give it away.
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