May 13

Women in Heat Behind Bars (1987) aka Ori no naka no hoshigaru onnatachi

The lovely Shinobu Himeno is arrested and thrown into Asahi Female Prison for being an unwilling accomplice in a jewelry store robbery. She’s to serve her sentence in the infamous Cell Block 21, a dismal area full of tough, sex-starved women. Himeno is bullied and abused by inmates and guards and, after being framed for starting a fight, is taken away and tied up by the prison’s infamous Mr. Kiya. Through flashbacks, we discover why many of the women have been locked up here and soon, in one great act of defiance, they rise up to overtake the prison in a bloody, violent riot! Can the shy Himeno ever escape this living hell?

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May 13

Terrifying Girls High School Animal Courage (1973) aka Kyôfu joshi kôkô: Animal dôkyôsei

We find Reiko Ike once again cast as a tough schoolgirl who eventually has to band together with her enemies to upset the reign of their private Catholic high school administration where institutionalized sexual abuse is endemic. Tables are turned finally on the principal, various sanctimonious teachers as well as a visiting American principal, who drives a vulnerable virgin to suicide when he deflowers her! Ike teams up with a guy on his own quest for revenge and the climax sees the prinicpal and other adult evildoers publicly humiliated and exposed before the entire student body.

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May 09

Captive Factory Girls 2: The Revolt (2007)

After Azusa witnesses a rape at her previous job, she takes a job at a steel factory in a desolate part of town. Her co-workers hate her and her only friend is a young girl, Naomi. A security guard sexually abuses Azusa and Naomi disappears under mysterious circumstances. While the mystery surrounding Naomi’s disappearance deepens, Azusa finds a clue and the stage is set for a climactic showdown at the factory.

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May 08

Chongqing (2008) aka Chungking

In China, Xuie lives an impoverished life with her father who is far from helpful. She is living in Chongqing, the city of 40 million people. She works as a teacher, teaching Mandarin to foreigners. Even though she is from Chongqing, she doesn’t speak in Chongqing dialect, rather talking in Mandarin which is the standard language of mainland China. One day, her father gets arrested because of prostitution and she is called to the police. One policeman comes closer to her and her mind is taken by him. In the crowded and busy streets of industrial developing city, Chongqing, Xuie dreams to escape from her painful and hopeless life.

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May 06

Farewell to the Land (1982) aka Saraba itoshiki daichi (さらば愛しき大地)

Farewell.to.the.Land.1982Influenced by Bresson and Mizoguchi, Farewell takes a detached view of its protagonist Yukio (Jinpachi Nezu), an ex-farmer working as a dump-truck driver in Kashima. Haunted by the drowning of his two young sons, whose names he has had tattooed on his back in penance, and locked in a sibling rivalry with his traditional but urbane younger brother who lives in Tokyo, Yukio has become an amphetamine-addicted loner at odds with his family, friends and colleagues — an alienation that, as the film’s title suggests, seems to derive from the industrialization of his farming community.

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