Rubber’s Lover (1996) film thoughts… I picked up this DVD quite a while ago, not sure if I would ever watch it. I knew I would have to be in the right mood and so it seemed fitting to check it out for this event. It’s really difficult to explain this one but the basic plot is two researchers are conducting extreme tests on human psychic abilities. All involve loud noise, “the ether” and something called DDD (Digital Direct Drive, remember this is the 1990’s when computing started to really break out of it’s infancy). There are terrible side effects from all of this leading to the death of the test subjects. Their funding is to be pulled (but the funders of course have ulterior motives) and they take over the lab when the representative of the company, a rigid female scientist, comes to lab to take the research they have already done. I’m sure this being an insane Japanese art-house film you can see where this is heading.

Like I said above, this is a hard one to describe and I wouldn’t want to said to much. The reason being is this film is FANTASTIC on every level. The filming quality is so weird and experimental, 1:33 full frame, black and white, blown out imagery. The editing choppy but strangely compelling. I would love to see a documentary on how this was done. I know this is not the first time a film like this was made (I’m sure the Tetsuo series is similar) though this is the first time I have experienced this. Rubber’s Lover has a bit of everything for the extreme film fan, lots of blood/gore/bodily fluids, forced sex and insanity. You need to be in the right frame of mind to experience this masterpiece.

So yes, highest recommend from the Fiend. I need to check out more of director’s Shozin Fukui’s work. I’m still thinking about this film weeks after viewing.

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