Apr 28

Love Swindler (1976) aka Pian cai pian se

Vaunted director Li Han-Hsiang reveals the way of the world in this anthology film of four stories that feature far more swindlers and swindling than lovers or love. There’s fake acupuncturists, gullible counterfeiters, a jewelry heist in a VD clinic, and a salesgirl’s subtle scam in these short cinematic stories of gulls, dopes, marks, and fools and the cons, cheaters, charlatans, and connivers who trick them. It’s four times the fraud as the cheats, gyps, and rip-offs come fast and furious!

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Apr 24

My Friend’s Husband (2017) aka 내 친구의 남편 (nae chun-gu-eui nam-pyeon)

Aren’t you sick of one man all your life? Let’s switch husbands! Ji-eun was having a hard time because of her different taste in sex with her husband. She talks to So-hyeon next door about this and she suggests and new kind of ‘sex therapy’; to switch husbands for a week.

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Apr 17

Demon’s Room (1982) aka Akuma no heya

Yoshiko Sejima (Reiko Nakamura) gets a call from a man claiming to be from her husband’s company. He tells her that he will come to pick her up on behalf of her husband. It turns out that he’s a kidnapper and takes Yoshiko to a hotel, and proceeds to rape her. This man Fuji Nakatogawa (Johnny Okura) calls Yoshiko’s husband but doesn’t request a ransom. He’s just bent on humiliating Yoshiko to submission to be his sex slave.

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Apr 12

Blue Sky (2010) Sola Aoi

The story revolves around a pachinko parlor worker named Shiori (Aoi) and her aspiring musician boyfriend, Tetsu. The two of them travel from Kyushu to Tokyo together and struggle to stay afloat while Tetsu chases his dream. Tetsu’s younger brother eventually shows up and the two brothers form a duo and start to play some shows together. Later, Shiori gets recruited as a gravure idol while Tetsu gets involved with a local yakuza and cheats on Shiori with another woman. Tetsu continues loving Shiori, but big city life gradually tears them apart.

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