Irish Film Institute -Inju, la bête dans l’ombre

Inju, la bête dans l’ombre

Director: Barbet Schroeder

France • 2008 • 105 minutes

Barbet Schroeder (Terror’s Advocate) returns to fiction filmmaking with this adaptation of a book by legendary Japanese noir specialist Edogawa Rampo. Benoît Magimel stars as Alex, a French crime writer whose work has been heavily influenced by the enigmatic Japanese author Shundei Oe. Riding high on the success of his latest bestseller, Alex is visiting Japan when strange happenings convince him that he is being stalked by the elusive Oe. Through a chance encounter with Tamao, the beautiful geisha and ex-lover of Oe, Alex finds himself drawn into a violent world of bondage and danger. Blurring the lines between fantasy and nightmare, reality and fiction, Schroeder weaves film noir and samurai motifs together in a puzzle of a film which will leave you guessing long after it is over.

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