DOMAN SEMAN

HORIKAWA NAKATACHI URI

By Go SHIBATA

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Science-fiction - Completed 2010

Ancient Myth, Modern Japan; The Legend is Real

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Science-fiction, Action/Adventure, Historical
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Director(s)
    • Go SHIBATA
    • Writer(s)
    • Go SHIBATA, Ushirohiko MATSUNAGA
    • Synopsis
    • The story takes place in modern-day Kyoto. A group of children runs through narrow streets and alleyways, stringing sculptures of plastic bottles on peoples’ homes. On the surface, things seem to be fine…
      Shinsuke is a typical Japanese slacker youth, mooching off his girlfriend Sae to whom he explains, “I want to do something where I don’t have to do anything.” The mysterious “Mr. Abe” arranges a meeting between Shinsuke and Tsutomu, a man who considers the life of the homeless a philosophical pursuit. Mr. Abe tricks them into serving him with magic and in a state of unconsciousness, the two find spirits, pull out its hair and turn into ghosts themselves.
      Meanwhile, back in the city, “Katoh the Catwalk Doman Seman Tower” which is to be 40 times the height of the Kyoto Tower is in the process of being built. Upon its completion, “Katoh the Catwalk Doman Seman,” which wields great power over the city and the media, sponsors a project to get attractive young boys to “clean up” the places in town appropriated by the homeless. The venture is entitled “No Tolerance for Drop Outs- The Human Slavery Project.” The young boys trained under Katoh’s grandson spirit who provide them with an elixir of strength.They run the homeless out of the neighborhood with their youthful energy. Proudly, they stand by their motto “All for Katoh,” motivated by their daily allowance and the promise of breaking into the entertainment industry.
      With the completion of Katoh’s tower, there needed to be another media that transmit negative influence and power that would disseminate Katoh’s ill will to the city. Katoh learns of a man, Terada, who is neither dead nor alive and lives apart from the rest of society.
      At the tender age of 14, Terada murdered the chairmen of finance companies in an incident later named the “Just Murder Case.” After a long stint in jail, he was released and was leading a quiet life in Kyoto. Katoh saw that he had potential to act as an instrument of further evil, specifically against the elites in financial circles by tapping into his history with the “Just Murder Case” and constructing a new series of similar crimes that will be called the “Divine Retribution Incidents.”
      Katoh does everything he can to persuade Terada.The more his negative energy is evoked through remembrance of the traumatic incident and the recognition that he can never again be fully a part of society, Terada begins to consider Katoh’s proposition.
      Meanwhile, put under house arrest by Mr. Abe, Shinsuke and Tsutomu are put in charge of watching over the internet site that tracks the Terada’s activities. They become “persons who do nothing”, and keep monitoring Terada whose body and mind have been eroded.
      Suddenly, the stringed sculptures of plastic bottles by children start moving. When Mr. Abe and Katoh face off, with a flash, Shinsuke and Tsutomu go into the parallel world battle against Katoh. Here begins the final battle which put Kyoto city into chaotic.
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