Rubber's Lover (1997)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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From Japanese cyberpunk auteur Shozin Fukui (Pinocchio 964) comes this dark tale of psychic experimentation and two researchers determined to continue their nightmarish experiments no matter what the cost. Fueled by endless funds and desperate to keep its unconventional experiments top-secret, a prosperous and powerful corporation begins conducting psychic experiments in which human subjects are administered ether, outfitted in rubber, and assaulted with D.D.D. (Digital Direct Drive) containing intense and nearly unbearable sound frequencies. When initial success at tapping into psychic ability is shadowed by an unusually high fatality rate, the corporation orders all experiments to come to an immediate halt despite the objections of head researchers Motomiya and Hitotsubashi -- who immediately take their secretary hostage and transform one of their fellow researchers into a human guinea pig. Though the experiment is more of a success than Motomiya and Hitotsubashi could have ever imagined, the powerful and uncontrollable psychic energy they unleash threatens to destroy them both and alter the course of human evolution forever.

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cyberpunk, evolution, secretary, top-secret, guinea-pig