May 26

The Beast of Tutor (2003)

Hong, as a tutor, always has unbalanced of sexual fantasy. One day, he couldn’t control himself and raped his student during the session. He kept going. However, the student’s sister, Madam Wong, was a cop, and the rapist was brought to justice. But when he is certified as a mental patient, he is released from custody and the women are once again in danger.

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Mar 21

Si-sei (2006) aka Si-Sei aka Shisei: The Tattooer

shiseiSi-Sei or Tattoo (the translated title is sometimes given as The Tattooist or The Tattooer) was Tanizaki’s first work to appear in print, appearing as part of a collection of short stories in 1910 that effectively launched his career. The tale is of a tattoo artist who abducts a young girl and indelibly monograms the large image of a spider on the flawless canvas of lily-white skin. The tattoo brings about a massive change in her personality, awakening in her an awareness of her sexuality. This is very much an atytpical Sato film – there are only two actors, one set, little nudity or sex, and quite a lot of dialogue. However, his usual obsessions are still present.

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Feb 17

Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (1988) aka Chikatetsu renzoku reipu: Aijin-gari

A woman is raped on a crowded subway. No one reports it to the police. A TV studio exploits the incident to boost ratings, with tragic results, including the victimization of the reporter sent to harass the gang members who committed the crime.

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