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Ten Shimoyama

St. John's Wort (St. John's Wort)

Edition 2001
85' - 2000 - Mystery, Horror, Thriller - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Ten Shimoyama Composer: Asako Yoshida Kanon Screen Music Foundation With: Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Reiko Matsuo
The staff of a small computer-games company is putting the final touches on a new product, a game called ‘St John’s Wort’, which takes place in a decrepit mansion recently willed to its heroine, Nami, by her late father. The game designer, Kohei, and the real-life Nami, an art student, drive out to this mansion. Kohei shoots video as they wander from room to room through it, intending to use the material in a future game. The pictures on the wall tell them that this was the home of a well-known but reclusive artist named Kaizawa Soichi. As they continue through the mansion, they stumble upon clues to Nami’s birth. An old music box conceals a picture of twin babies, from which they deduce that Nami has a twin sister. A bedroom reveals the desiccated mummy of a child, which they assume is the body of Naomi. Further search, however, reveals another six mummified young boys, and data from a hidden computer-monitoring system suggest the horrible truth about Kaizawa Soichi.

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Credits

Director

Ten Shimoyama

Composer

Asako Yoshida Kanon Screen Music Foundation

With

Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Reiko Matsuo

Scenario

Goro Nakajima, Takenori Sentô

Director of Photography

Kazuhiko Ogura

Editor

Seigo Hirasawa

Producer

Masato Hara

More information

Dialogue

Japanese

Countries of production

Japan

Year

2000

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