Jun 06

Diary of Beloved Wife: Naive (2006) aka Dôshin

Yoko is an ordinary housewife living in an ordinary apartment block. She has no real complaints as she goes about her tedious days, although her husband, Shinichi, is rather predictable in bed. They have one son, Junichi, and Yoko feels at a loss regarding his recently-acquired adolescent interest in sex and his secret stash of erotic magazines. Junichi is about to write his junior high school entrance exams, so he’s heading off to cram school camp for New Year’s. Before going, he makes a surprising suggestion, “Why don’t you guys go somewhere for New Year’s?” Yoko and Shinichi are suddenly faced with the prospect of New Year’s apart from their son. How will this couple, who’ve already lived half of their lives, change their behavior when it’s just the two of them?

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Jun 05

Diary Of Beloved Wife: Saucepot (2006)

Junko and Kohei were each others first relationship, and got married. A white apartment, a white blouse, and white underwear; their relationship was pure. But then Junko put on conspicuous lingerie and a black dress, and went to attend a class reunion. Suspicious, Kohei followed behind her until she disappeared into a hotel with Okada, a former junior high school classmate. Kohei had learned from his mother to obsessively despise and vowed to make Junko utterly filthy. So, he presented his own wife to a gang rape club…

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Jun 05

Diary of Beloved Wife: Smoke Gets In Your Eye (2006) aka Kemuri ga Me ni Shimiru

They taste great, because they taste  like you do down there! No other cigarette tastes that great! Chiho has  prohibited her husband, Takahashi, from smoking while she is trying to  become pregnant. Takahashi hasn’t told his wife he was laid off, and has  a paid sexual encounter with a high-school student, attracted by the  pungent odor of her cigarettes, Peace Regulars. That evening, Chiho  became outraged by the foul odor of the Peace Regulars saying it  reminded her of an elderly relative having shoved the same brand of  cigarettes into her genitals in the distant past. In fact that memory  was not Chihos, but that of her twin sister, Kaho.

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Jun 02

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973) aka Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya

Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The woman and her brother are also involved in an incestuous relationship. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori’s pursue her.

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May 29

Ranking Boss Rock (1973) aka Bankaku Rokku

There is an ongoing war between two Girl Gangs, the Akabane 100 Club and the Ikebukuro Cavalry. Yukiko, the “Bankaku,” or chief bodyguard of the Akabane, is released from reform school and sets about to finish an ongoing one-on-one grudge match with Taka the Wild and the whole Cavalry gang. With a theme song by 1970s Japanese “Group Sounds” band Carol, and live performance. Rock and Sukeban unite for an extraordinary and cool piece of filmmaking.

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