A Snake Of June

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A Snake Of June Review


Bullet Ballet director Shinya Tsukamoto turns to perversity and blackmail with the oddly titled A Snake of June, a black and white (or more accurately, blue and white) mystery that will first catch your eye, then have you scratching your head.

It starts with a demure Japanese woman who receives a letter in the mail, inscribed "Secrets of your husband." Inside are photographs of her in a tart outfit and -- gasp -- wearing makeup. Hubby wouldn't approved, so when the blackmailer calls on her cell phone, ordering her to go buy a vibrator and lock herself in a bathroom stall with it, she obliges.

This is just the beginning of the shenanigans, and even though the movie runs a brief 77 minutes, there's plenty of sexual strangeness in store.

By the halfway mark, sadly, A Snake of June has turned into a bizarre mess of random images and drug-addled scenes that may or may not be intended as literal. Are there really two girls locked in a circular tank that's filling with water? Did that guy really dump blood all over that guy's head? Tsukamoto is content to turn this into a mind trip (just look at the cover photo if you want more proof), and he forgets to tell a coherent story. Any notion of Snake commenting on sexual repression in Japan is lost amid the nonsense.

Aka Rokugatsu no hebi.



A Snake Of June

Facts and Figures

Run time: 77 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th June 2003

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Iguchi, as Rinko Tatsumi, Yûji Kôtari as Shigehiko

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