Rubber's Lover

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Rubber's Lover
Rubber's Lover FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Shozin Fukui
Written by Shozin Fukui
Starring Nao Ameya
Release dates
Running time
91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Rubber's Lover is cult filmmaker Shozin Fukui's 1996 follow-up to 964 Pinocchio. Like its predecessor, it is an underground Japanese cyberpunk film, with tense atmosphere, alarming visuals and graphic violence.

Often interpreted as a semi-prequel to 964 Pinocchio,[1] Rubber's Lover details a clandestine group of scientists who conduct psychic experiments on human guinea pigs they take from the streets. Using brain-altering drugs, sensory deprivation and computer interfaces, they subject their patients to gruesome scientific tortures that often end in brutal death. After continued failure, they pursue one last project - which yields dangerous results.

Rubber's Lover can best be defined as Japanese cyberpunk and industrial noir, in the same vein as Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Filmed in stark black and white, located in a setting of grim urban steel, steeped in machine aesthetic, driven by a kinetic style and empowered by a grinding metallic soundtrack, it draws on nightmarish horror and generates heavy fetishcore themes.


  1. ^ Player, Mark. "Post-Human Nightmares: The World of Japanese Cyberpunk Cinema". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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