Kamen Gakuen (2000, JAP) C-90m. ** D: Takashi Komatsu. Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Maya Kurosu, Ikkei Watanabe, Yuma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Ren Osugi. Psycho horror drama based on the novel by Osamu Sôda set in a typical Japanese high school, where a new trend is tranforming everything. Students begin to wear masks and associate themselves in cult-like circles. A suicide is the beginning of a wave of resistance against authority. Intriguing thought, but a tad too unlikely, film is fairly interesting, but never riveting. The masks give everything a unique touch, seek it out if this appeals to you. Also known as PERSONA.

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