Rubber's Lover

Synopsis: Scientists use a brain-altering drug to conduct experiments, after one such project goes astray, they need to find another test subject in this Japanese splatter-punk film.
91 min

Executive Producer Hiroshi Kobayashi

Screenplay By Shozin Fukui

Directed by Shozin Fukui

Your management has gotten sloppy.

I'm sorry. The development work is

taking all of my attention now.

Save your excuses Motomiya.

Tell me about Hitotsubashi's progress.

You owe me the monthly report.

The Digital Direct Drive and

the unit eat up all of our time.

We haven't had to much

time for a report on D.D.D.

This is not an approved project.

I've warned you twice now

Continue and I'll be

forced to scrap your budget.

Wait a minute Mr. Tanizaki. Forget D.D.D.

We're making great progress using ether.

Shut up Shimika.

Only applying D.D.D. And ether

together will produce results.

Are the side effects of

ether under control Shimika?

Not completely. But if you give

us a few more test subjects...

Isn't that Motomiya's task?

I'm getting him all the

guinea pigs I can find.

But I'm running out very soon.

You wear them out too quickly.

Only high doses have any effect.

Normal people show no reaction.

They must have a certain talent.

Are you ordering me to find them?

What sort of talent?

To develop their power.

But D.D.D. And ether are

what enhances their power.

Enough! Your quarrels bore me.

Next time we will show you results.

Ether is the key...

Good morning. It's me Kiku.

I've been delayed by some business.

You're so cute.

Yes, I have to get my passport. I

also finished yesterday's account.

Yes, we will meet at Ikebukuro's.

Okay... goodbye.

Wrapping the body cuts off

the skin perspiration...

...causing low oxygen supply and reduced brain

function. This induces an ideal REM state.

A noise emitted from a

giant speaker accelerates the

brain while the Digital Direct

Drive mounted on his head...

...shows a fixation of the eye movement.

It's not at all like an acid trip.

- Combining the Unit with sound

is the ideal brain destroyer.

But fundamentally different

from the effect of ether.

So what do you suggest?

- It's psychic Hitotsubashi.

Not very specific are you.


- It's ready Hitotsubashi.

Have you done it again?

- I had to. To make him behave.

Don't excite him before testing.

How often must I tell you.

- They're not toys.


He's terrific.

- I'm excited myself.

You never learn.

- He got mad at me again.

Never mind.

The effects of my tape

easily outstrips his anxiety.

He stinks. Look at the

puss oozing out of him.

We'll probably catch some kind of disease.

They're hard enough to procure.

Stir it thoroughly.

Wow, heavy. Do we really need

to inject so much of the drug.

It mixes the ether and the sedative

varying the ether concentration.

Let's start.

Here comes the ether.

You injected to much!

He bloody exploded you fool!

Where will we get a new subject?

Shut up!

You only have yourself to blame.

I told you it was heavy.

Do you like it?


- How did you get it?

It wasn't easy.

- I'm sure it wasn't.

Cost me a fortune too.

You must keep it a secret.

Film gives it such a real feeling.

I'll make you a telecine copy.

Great! I have nothing

like it in my collection.

Superb isn't it?

- How did you do it?

By injecting a sedative each day.

The body builds up resistance...

...and the effect of the drug wears off.

He went totally berserk.

I'm done or if my medical

superiors find out...

I took a chance using ether.

I've never seen a man blow his mind before.

Youre so brutal sometimes Motomiya.

That's why I succeeded.

- Where was this?

Before I was using medical staff.

It was pointless to stay there.

We're really a long way from

finding ether's full potential.

What about Shimiko?

You plan to steal his research?

This is a sponsored project.

The sponsor likes Shimika.

To begin with; ether is psychic research.

Let's increase the

concentration we're giving him.

You mean Shimika?

Does he know?

Just his sense of the past...

...has vanished!

Awesome stuff!

Just one week till your wedding.

- I didn't expect it so soon.

I wanted to work a bit more.

You couldn't keep him waiting much longer.

I've trained my successor.

- Thank you.

Please go to the Centre

to settle the accounts.

The management is sloppy

so half a day will do.

Yesterday it was decided to terminate the current

project. Tell them to vacate the Centre this week.

Doesn't Shimika deserve better?

That's no longer your business.

It's been decided by HQ.

Excuse me.

Let me know when you're done.

I'll pick you up.

Thank you for coming.

Is the data ready?

- No... not everything.

I only have half a day.

- That's tough.

I hear your getting

married. Congratulations.

Will you be quitting your position?

Yes, this is my last job so

I hope to finish it smoothly.


HQ will terminate the project

after the accounts are settled.

You must vacate this week.

- Wait a minute.

The D.D.D. Is almost finished.

Allow us a final meeting.

- My job is only to inform you.

I cannot arrange an appointment.

What about the ether?

Give us a subject to show them!

- Impossible.

Hold it! Not so fast!

Your own incompetence

put you into this mess!

This is a fine mess you got us into.

This will ruin my reputation.

- You supplied inferior subjects.

And your silly D.D.D. Research.

- What the f*** is D.D.D. Anyway?

It's got a lot better

ring to it then your ether.

Ether smacks of alchemy.

- Exactly.

Listen here Shimika.

You do nothing but argue.

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Shozin Fukui

Shozin Fukui (福居ショウジン, Fukui Shōjin) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He has produced two experimental shorts (Gerorisuto, and Caterpillar) and two full-length films (964 Pinocchio, and Rubber's Lover). These four movies were widely available, having been issued on DVD by Unearthed Films. However, these releases have since gone out of print. He has released four more films since then (Onne, Den-Sen, The Hiding and 『S-94』). These are almost completely unknown outside Japan. 964 Pinocchio and Rubber's Lover are considered important, core films of the Japanese cyberpunk genre.964 Pinocchio is often compared to Shinya Tsukamoto's cyberpunk classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man; Fukui worked on the crew for Tetsuo. Many fans and critics consider Fukui's aesthetic to be sufficiently divergent from Tsukamoto's for his films to stand on their own, even considering the extremely deep similarities. more…

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