Oct 28

The Bride from Hades (1968) aka Botan-dôrô

talespeonylanternKaidan Botan Doro (Tales of the Peony Lantern) is based on the kabuki version of one of the most famous ghost stories in Japan. Shinzaburo flees an unwanted marriage with his brother’s widow and lives quietly as a teacher removed from his family. On the night of the summer Obon festival, he meets a beautiful courtesan named Otsuyu and her attendant. When He begins to suspect the women are ghosts and are draining his life away Shinzaburo becomes frightened and seeks help from the temple priest.
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Sep 29

Black Rose Ascension (1975) aka Kurobara shôten

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This self-reflexive pinku eiga film can be to Nikkatsu softcore exactly what Boogie Nights was to American hardcore. Shin Kishida stars as Juzo, a self-important pinku eiga director plainly modeled on Nagisa Oshima. Production is stopped on his new film whenever lead celebrity Meiko is too obviously expecting to film gender views. Interested in a replacement, he comes over the common Naomi Tani, starring right here in a single associated with rare functions which doesn’t need her to be bound with rope. Every thing goes well until Tani begins an intercourse scene with Hajime Tanimoto, that got Meiko expecting. Juzo knows that he’s in love together with brand new starlet, therefore he cancels the movie, marries Tani, and lives gladly actually after…… Well directed by Tatsumi Kumashiro, along with plenty satirical in-jokes to amuse devoted pinku eiga buffs, Kurobara Shoten is among the genre’s most appealing self-examinations.
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Sep 28

Diary Of A Lady-Killer (1969) a.K.a Lie ren

ivl101168_01If Agatha Christie was Asian, then “Diary Of A Lady-Killer” could may well have been one of her burgeoning projects. The film flawlessly floats between murder mystery mayhem and light hearted eroticism as a man that has sexual affairs with every female that looks at him twice finds them dead shortly thereafter, making him the prime suspect. Yet after he’s convicted and tossed into prison, the murders continue. He’s innocent. But who did it?
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Feb 25

Esupai (1974) a.K.a E.S.P./Spy

esupaiBased on a novel written by Sakyo Komatsu (pop SciFi write, best known for his self-directed Sayonara Jupiter in 1985), this one is a psychic actioner about a bad ESP syndicate planning to kill world leaders through mental telepathy. The good guys are a top secret group called ESPY (a cutesy Japanazation of ESP and SPY) and they’re in charge of stopping the killer psychics. Continue reading

Sep 30

What Every Frenchwoman Wants (1986)

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Roger (Fabrice Josso) who seeks to lose his virginity in this softcore erotic drama. His initial efforts are unsuccessful, but World War I breaks out and men are seen marching off to battle. Roger goes overboard when he is presented with several amorous opportunities. He soon impregnates the maid, his aunt, and his sister in quick succession. Roger desperately tries to marry off the women to other men to avoid a lurid scandal. Continue reading