Heat Shimmer Theater (1981)
DVDRip | Lang: Japanese | Subs: English (hard) | avi | 624 x 464 | XviD @ 1242 Kbps | mp3 @ 128 Kbps | 02:19:55 | 1,38 Gb
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller | 4 wins & 4 nominations | Japan
Based on a story by Kyoka Izumi - whose writings influenced a number of playwrights and filmmakers, particularly Kenji Mizoguchi - "Kagero-Za" is another wildly inventive installment in the jump-cut, luridly hued, crazy-quilt pantheon of Suzuki.
Playwright Matsuzaki (Yusaku Matsuda) crosses paths with a beautiful woman on her way to the hospital who tells him a friend is dying. Frightened of a mysterious older woman who sells the fruit of the Chinese Lantern Plant–rumored to be distaff souls–she implores Matsuzaki to accompany her. At first he refuses, but later finds himself so obsessed with this luminous apparition that he wants nothing more than a life of carnality and excessive passion. Matsuzaki eventually follows a trail of messages left by his phantasmal enchantress across the country to Kanazawa–only to realize he is actually being lured to his own certain demise.