The Long Dream; ???; Nagai Yume by Junji ItoJunji Ito (????) Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sisters drawing and Kazuo Umezus comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner of the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga.
The most common obsessions are with beauty, long hair, and beautiful girls, especially in his Tomie and Flesh-Colored Horror comic collections. For example: A girls hair rebels against being cut off and runs off with her head; Girls deliberately catch a disease that makes them beautiful but then murder each other; a woman treats her skin with lotion so she can take it off and look at her muscles, but the skin dissolves and she tries to steal her sisters skin, etc.
Itos universe is also very cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order.
His longest work, the three-volume Uzumaki, is about a towns obsession with spirals: people become variously fascinated with, terrified of, and consumed by the countless occurrences of the spiral in nature. Apart from the ghastly, convincingly-drawn deaths, the book projects an effective atmosphere of creeping fear as the towns inhabitants become less and less human, and more and more bizarre things begin to happen.
Before Uzumaki, Ito was best known for Tomie, a comic series about a beautiful, teasing and eternally youthful high school girl who inspires her stricken admirers to murder each other in fits of jealous rage. Eventually, unable to cope with her coy flirtation and their desire to possess Tomie completely, they are inevitably compelled to kill her — only to discover that, regardless of the method they chose to dispose of her body, her body will always regenerate.
In 1998, during the horror boom that followed the success of Ringu, Tomie was adapted into a movie. Since Tomie, many of his works have been adapted for TV and the cinema.
Long Dream - Because you didn't need to sleep tonight
Tidepoint Pictures, the American film distributor that specializes in Japanese horror and other cult cinema, will release an English-subtitled DVD of Long Dream , a minute live-action adaptation of Junji Ito 's psychological horror manga short story Nagai Yume , on June Higuchinsky , the man who was also behind the live-action version of Ito's Uzumaki manga, directed Long Dream for Japanese television in The story of the film deals with a mental hospital patient who feels that every night when he sleeps, his dreams cover spans of years and then decades — and he ages as if those dreams were actually happening. In addition to the film, the Tidepoint DVD will contain interviews with Higuchinsky , Ito, and Shuuji Kawashibara the actor who plays one of the main characters. No account yet?
A girl named Mami is in hospital where she is awaiting brain surgery. She claims that the personification of death has visited her and that she is going to die soon. She pleads with Dr. Kuroda to save her, but Kuroda believes she is delusional. The man who visited her is actually another patient, Tetsuro Mukoda.
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The adaptation was directed by Higuchinsky , whose film adaptation of Ito's Uzumaki had been released earlier the same year. The story was also included in the second episode of the anime Junji Ito Collection. Kuroda, a celebrated neurosurgeon , expresses severe doubt when a patient named Tetsuro Mukoda is admitted, complaining of increasingly long dreams, although his assistant, Dr. Yamauchi, believes there may be some truth to Mukoda's complaints. Another patient at the hospital, Mami Takeshima, who was admitted for treatment for a benign tumour , begins experiencing a heightened fear of death, and has a harrowing encounter with Mukoda, who wanders the halls at night, too afraid to sleep. At first believing Mukoda's symptoms to be nothing more than hallucinations, Kuroda decides to admit him anyway, and studies his symptoms in detail. With each passing night, the perceived length of Mukoda's dreams seem to be increasing, from months, to years, to decades and then to centuries.
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