Feb 12

Sexual Assault at a Hotel (1977) aka Hotel kyosei waisetsu jiken: okashite!

The lovely Ryoko is attending a Japanese University on an exchange program. She’s pretty, vulnerable, shy and full of mysterious secrets. Meeting up with her long-time friend Rumiko, Ryoko shuns her aggressive lesbian advances by saying she’s still a virgin. Rumiko is surprised at this revelation and, over the next few days, she takes Ryoko on a series of misadventures to help her with her sexual awakening. One night, after a booze and pill filled evening, a man breaks into their room and sexually assaults both women in a shockingly violent sequence. When the mysterious man’s identity is revealed, the film takes a crazy downward spiral into madness, death, and weird occult rituals. Watch for the eye-opening sequences with an Asahi beer bottle! What a product placement!

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Feb 06

Dirty Maria (1998) aka Yogore ta onna – Maria

Taro Suwa plays Murakami, a cab driver whoever partner Mayumi has gone missing. He fears that she could have run off with another guy (and that is partly the actual situation, as she had been knocking off both her manager and also another Sawai, colleague, regarding the part) – or gotten into difficulty by involving by herself with a ‘telephone relationship club’, a solution which hooks up strangers trying to find easy, anonymous sex, no concerns asked. However, neither among these are the situation: in fact (and this is not spoilertastic, since this occasion requires location in the first eight mins of the movie), she has been murdered by a morose lady that has on a daily basis job at the beauty hair salon which his wife worked at. After offing Maria inside her living-room, she dispassionately chops the body up in the bathroom and later on, after using her daughter to college, she deposits the remains into several disparate trashbins around city.

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Jan 30

A Frozen Flower (2008) UNCUT aka Ssang-hwa-jeom

The King (Joo Jin-mo) of Goryeo is married to a Yuan Dynasty princess (Song Ji-hyo), but they do not have any children. There is constant pressure on the king both from the Yuan emperor and his own counselors to produce a crown prince and ensure the continuity of the royal dynasty. The king’s palace guard is composed of thirty six young soldiers, led by military commander Hong-rim (Jo In-sung), who is also the king’s lover. The king finally decides to charge him with a strange commission: copulate the queen and beget a child. Hong-rim and the queen are uncomfortable accepting the royal order first, but they finally comply. However, their relationship does not stop at procreation, but genuinely true and intense romance soon blossoms between the two, and in this strong and close intimate relationship there is no place for the king.

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Jan 26

Lost Paradise (1997) aka Shitsurakuen

The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them. Based on the bestselling novel by Junichi Watanabe, is about the fated love affair between Shoichiro, a middle-aged man who has come to regret devoting his whole life to his work, and Rinko, a beautiful woman trapped in a married life filled with depression and disillusion. A man engaged to Soichiro’s daughter, Chika, has fallen in love with Rinko, and Soichiro meets with her to ask her to end the relationship. However, despite their unpleasant first meeting, soon Shoichiro and Rinko find themselves drawn to each other, and find in each other something that had been missing in their lives. Their burning passion heightens, until their yearning for everlasting, perfect love leads to a fateful decision.

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