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Film Review: The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo (1987) by Shinya Tsukamoto

Film Review: The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo (1987) by Shinya Tsukamoto

Winner of the Grand Prize in Pia Film Festival, “The Adventures of Denchu Kozo” was the film that reinvigorated the career the disappointed Tsukamoto had placed in the background to deal with stage plays, and along “The Phantom of Regular Size”, is a distinct precursor to “Tetsuo“.

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Hikaru is a high school student with a rather unusual deformity: an electric rod (denchu in Japanese) is growing out of his back. His appearance results in him getting bullied by his classmates and is only with the help of Momoko, a girl he has feelings for, that he manages to escape their violence. Eventually, due to an accident with a self-made time machine, he is transferred 25 years in the future, where Japan in being controlled by the Shinshengumi Vampire Gang, whose three members are building a bomb that will bring eternal darkness to a world already on the brink of catastrophe.

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