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I don't usually make note of short films on Letterboxd, especially ones that aren't even five minutes long. But SELF-MUTILATION exerts such immense force I need to remember it.
An art performance shot in 1965 on silent black-and-white film, this short unspools the horror of corporeal discomfort with disturbing, rapid cuts, more effective than a hundred bad B films. We don't simply see a distorted face writhing in pain, but the performer's stunted efforts to correct his malady with clusmy, mechanical implements.
His attempts to normalize only change the quality of his out-of-sortness.
This is Japanese animation director Takeshi Koike's second feature film, or is it? It's divided into two 25-minute chunks, and episodic in nature, featuring a recap at the beginning of the second half. One can't help but wonder if these were intended to be direct to video episodes, or the pilot for a series, because the presentation is so un-cinematic.
In any case, DAISUKE JIGEN'S GRAVESTONE is Koike's stab at the massive fictional world of Lupin the Third, which was…