Reviews

A Snake Of June

3

From Shinya Tsukamoto, who brought us the body horror of Tetsuo, comes this sparky tale of rain, repression and cancer.

Rinko (Asuka Kurosawa) is a young telephone counsellor coasting through her sexless marriage. Life gets interesting when one of her callers sends Rinko photos of herself masturbating and demands she go shopping for phallic fruit wearing a short skirt and a remote-controlled dildo.

It all broods along fairly coherently for the first half but quickly descends into typical Tsukamoto indulgence. The relentless rain hammers home the release/purification metaphor, while the electric-blue monochrome confirms Tsukamoto as a born cinematographer. But coherence is sacrificed for too many themes - passion, control, death, free will, - that are mostly left unexplored.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 1st 2004