Feb 26

The Christ of Nanjing (1995) aka Nan Jing de ji du


Based on a novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this stylized depression-inducer from director Tony Au is an interesting but draining experience. Tony Leung is Japanese writer Ryuichi Okagawa, who falls in love with an innocent Chinese girl named Jin Hua (Yasuko Tomita) when visiting China. Her parents sell her into prostitution to fund their farmland, but Jin Hua believes that she’s being married to Okagawa. Eventually, she discovers the truth and sinks into despair. Okagawa leaves, and Jin Hua is left to question her faith, which is in Christ and his teachings.
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Feb 20

Perfect Education 4: Secret Basement (2003) aka Kanzen-naru shiiku: Himitsu no chika-shitsu

perfect_education_4_secret_basementA shy, nerdy man, Takeru finds a schoolgirl hooker Lily is unconscious in a Tokyo park, so he decides to bring her home and lock her up in a secret basement. Although Lily is afraid of him, in fact, Takeru didn’t do anything to hurt her. After Lily begins to uncover a shocking episode from Takeur’s past, she gradually falls for him and they make love in this secret basement…
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Feb 17

Perfect Education 2: 40 Days of Love (2001) aka Kanzen-naru shiiku: Ai no 40-nichi, Kanzen-naru shiiku 2

187086697b045e6873988b977bd10b2899cfa5efA young girl, who lost her father at her early age, is kidnapped by a school teacher. He strips, binds and attempts to rape her. For the next few days shetries to escape but in vain. Later, she becomes usd to the life with him. Even when she has a chance to run, she chooses to stay. Slowly, their relationship become a creepy half-paternal, half-remantic liaison.
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Feb 15

The Perfect Education (1999) aka Kanzen-naru shiiku

the-perfect-education-73109Schoolgirl Kuniko is kidnapped by a middle-aged man Iwazono when she is jogging. He tells her that he had a failed marriage which leaves him a deep and everlasting scar in his mind. He kidnaps her in search of a perfect marriage and intends to lock her in the room and ‘educate’ her to perform perfect sex where body and soul are united. With the strong sense of fear and humiliation at the beginning, Kuniko gradually accepts Iwazono who treats her with total respect (except that she is still his prisoner). The distance between the two shortens and their relationship becomes more like that of lovers in spite of the large age difference between them.
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Feb 04

The Music (1972) aka Ongaku

the_musicThe film is simply about a sexually repressed, frigid, middle-aged (?) woman who has a loveless marriage. She can no longer hear music as a result of her condition. She forms a sexual relationship with her brother hoping to quench her desires. She enlists the help of a psychiatrist to cure her frigidity and get to the root cause of her symptoms.
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Nov 16

Silver Ornaments (2005) UNCUT aka Yin shi

China 1920. The eldest son in the Lu family, Daojing, is a homosexual who loves cross-dressing and has a fetish towards silver ornaments. Daojing’s wife cannot tolerate her gay husband and starts an affair with a young silversmith. Knowing her misconduct, Daojing’s father murders the young silversmith and frames her for the crime. She is thus killed when the silversmith’s father takes revenge on her. Finding out all the murders being planned by his own father, Daojing commits suicide in front of his wife’s grave, in women’s clothes with his silver ornaments…
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Nov 05

Rope and Skin (1979) aka Dan Oniroku nawa to hada

TH2LVMhOkoma (literally, Red Cherry) was a woman gambler until she retired from the yakuza world. Two years later, she returns home, and finds that the big boss has been assassinated and his daughter is having trouble keeping things in line against the rival gang headed by the men who killed her father. Okoma decides to avenge her former boss and help his daughter, a former friend of hers. She recruits her own gang, starting with an expert knife-fighter, her former lover. After a fight, the new Gang Leader captures and tortures Okoma sadistically.
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