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Strange Circus (奇妙なサーカス, Kimyō na sākasu) is a 2005 Japanese horror drama film written and directed by Sion Sono.

Strange Circus
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySion Sono
Produced byToshiaki Nakazawa
Written bySion Sono
StarringMasumi Miyazaki
Issei Ishida
Music bySion Sono
CinematographyYuichiro Otsuka
Edited byJunichi Ito
Release date
  • December 24, 2005 (2005-12-24)
Running time
108 minutes


School principal Ozawa Gozo rapes his daughter, Mitsuko, after she sees her parents having sex. Her mother Sayuri witnesses the rape. Gozo now rapes both of them as he pleases, while his family is undermined by incest, suicide, and murder. This is the erotic novel that novelist Taeko, who uses a wheelchair, sets out to write. She is assisted by Yuji, a young man who is actually on a mission to uncover the reality of this story of Taeko's past, and of the locked room in her apartment. But the reality and truth beneath the Grand Guignol nightmares Taeko creates might be too much to bear.



Russell Edwards of wrote that the film "shocks, provokes but ultimately bores with its tasteless indulgences" and that it "will be most at home at midnight fest sidebars, or anywhere else where a trash aesthetic is embraced."[1]


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