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Henge ("Metamorphosis")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2012
  • 54 mins
  • HD
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection, Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2012

“★★★★” — Mark Schilling, THE JAPAN TIMES

What’s happening to Yoshiaki Kadota? Not long ago he suffered from spells of violent delerium. Following clinical treatment, he has returned home to his wife, Keiko. Distraught and under constant observation, isolates himself to mitigate the fallout from his frequent, strange attacks. Something isn’t working right and late one night, during a particularly intense seizure, his leg transforms into something grotesque and inhuman. Unfortunately for the couple, this is only the beginning of a metamorphosis that will have bloody consequences.

HENGE grabs hold from its first frame and never lets go with its pronounced aura of mystery, all the more potent for its serious treatment of Kadota’s unsettling mutation. A surprising blend of David Cronenberg and Shinya Tsukamoto with more than a dash of Kafka to it, HENGE is a small gem accomplishing the impossible in so little time. Don’t miss your chance to discover the astounding work!

— Patrick Lambert