Jul 04

Hana-Dama: Phantom (2016) aka Hanadama: Gen’ei

Sadakazu Sawamura is a film projectionist who works for an old movie theater that is about to permanently close. He spends his days staring at the screen from the projection room. One day, he sees someone who shouldn’t be seen – a girl in black – in a film during a screening of it. The girl is staring at him as if she wants to tell him something. After the screening, he checks the film carefully, but can’t find the girl. That night, he encounters a phantom of the girl on the theater’s stage. He hides the girl in his waiting room, and lets her stay for the night. The next day, he tells her not to go out from the room, and leaves for work. He puts the same film on as the previous day, but can’t find the girl in it. He comes back to his waiting room to see if the girl is still there, but she’s gone. He goes to town to search for her, and finally finds the phantom of the girl at a river bank, as if she has beckoned him there. Suddenly, his lost memory comes back to him. He looks at her again, and finds a venomous-looking flower blooming ominously on her head. Who is she? What is that flower? Does it have any connection with his lost memory?

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Jun 15

Exciting Eros: Hot Skin (1986) aka Exciting ero: atsu hada

The mother does half-nude aerobics until her son rapes her, and the daughter falls into bed with a female teacher. Despite the shocking goings-on, the film is much more in keeping with Sato’s usual themes of alienation and corrupted innocence than its brutal predecessor.

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Mar 21

Red Account: My Bloody Angel (1988) aka Akai Hokokusho: Senketsu no Tenshi

The beautiful Tomoko loves her husband Masao with all her heart. Unfortunately, the devil has taken Kawakami to exorcise Masao to get rid of the “Evil One”. The fact was established that the immortal had nested himself in Masao’s eye. Initially our savior wanted to let him out of there but it turned out that the devil had already infested all internal organs…

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Mar 19

Virgin Report (1972) aka Jungfrauen-Report

Jungrauen Report is an almost mondo style pseudo documentary on the history of virginity and the pleasures and problems that maintaining and losing it has caused throughout the world and throughout the ages. Sex Report/Schoolgirl Report films were a popular phenomena in Europe during the seventies, and Franco was never one to not get in on a phase, so it makes sense that he’s got at least one of these in his massive and ever growing filmography.

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