Jan 17

Murder on D Street (1998) aka D-Zaka no satsujin jiken

A strange murder mystery tale about a lady who asks a forgery artist (Hiroyuki Sanada) to forge a series of rare bondage / torture paintings for her. Upon discovering that the client was actually the original model in those paintings, he murders her. The first half of the film focuses on all of the main characters, including the buildup to the crime. There is not much mystery here as they clearly show how, when & where the crime was committed. Then the movie goes on with how the investigation takes place – led by Kogoro Akechi (which by the way, happens to be Japan’s most recognized ‘super detective’ on par with Sherlock Holmes). There is also a lot of erotic bondage and nudity in this film, making it borderline pinku. However, the bondage scenes are mostly quite short, used instead to depict the strange offbeat feel to the film.

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Jan 10

Into the White Night (2009) a.K.a Baekyahaeng: Hayan eodoom sokeul geolda

A pawnbroker is found murdered in a remote town. Police suspect that he was murdered by an acquaintance, as even the most experienced investigator on the case could identify no signs of resistance. Three people come under suspicion but all of them have perfect alibis and the investigation comes to a standstill. One year later, one of them is found dead and the original murder case becomes even more mysterious. Almost fifteen years pass and the lead inspector, now approaching retirement, reflects on the only case he could not solve in an otherwise successful career. Haunted by a sense of responsibility and guilt that he caused suffering by letting the murder case go unsolved, he decides to re-investigate. His persistent search brings attention to the long forgotten case and reveals a hidden relationship between the victim’s son and the neighborhood woman’s daughter. As their love grows, more crimes happen. As their sin grows, the inspector’s chase comes closer to them.

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Dec 29

The Isle (2000) a.K.a Seom (섬)

the_isle-_2000_coverMute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a fish hook, when he tries to commit suicide.

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Dec 14

Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (1982) a.K.a Dan Oniroku shoujo mokuba-zeme (団鬼六 少女木馬責め)

girl-and-the-wooden-horse-torture-coverNami is a masochistic high school student who is attacked and almost raped by a gang of hoodlums before being rescued by handsome teacher Muraki. The near-miss triggers bizarre hallucinations in Nami, and she imagines herself engaged in various S&M situations with Muraki, in which she is beaten, forced to urinate, and tortured on the titular wooden horse. The hallucinations grow progressively more real (and exciting) to Nami, and soon Muraki is accused of raping her and loses his teaching position.

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Dec 07

Lust, Caution (2007) Uncut a.K.a Se, jie

lust-caution-2007_coverFrustrated in his attempts to assassinate Yee, who is an important official in Japanese-ruled Shanghai, Old Wu, who has lost his wife and two sons as well as two women who had attempted to seduce Yee, now recruits Kuang, Mai Tai Tai, and their troupe of drama students from Hong Kong University in yet another attempt to do away with Yee. Mai Tai Tai is chosen to befriend Yee, which she does by posing as the wife of Mak, befriending Yee’s wife and her female friends, and then eventually befriending Yee himself. Even though both get together, they do end up going separate ways, only to meet again four years later. This time Mai is all set to entrap Yee at Chandni Chowk Jewellers which is owned by an East Indian man named Khalid Saiduddin. The question does remain: Will she and her troupe succeed?

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Dec 05

Naked Killer (1992) Uncut a.K.a Chik loh go yeung

naked-killer-1992-coverThe story of a young flirty feral woman named Kitty who is trained by a martial arts specialist to become a professional assassin. She’s subsequently recruited by the real killer, a hit woman who targets rapists at large and practices on drooling sex-mad psychos chained up in the attic. When they finally head out for the real thing, they take out victims in a display of midair somersaults, cracking whips, flying ropes, and flashing guns. This kind of foreplay attracts the lustful attentions of rival assassin Carrie Ng, a lesbian killer ready to abandon her purring sex kitten for the savage Chingmy.

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Nov 29

Portrait Of A Serial Rapist (1994) a.K.a Tuen Man sik mo

portrait_of_a_serial_rapist-1994_coverThis shot-on-video film opens with a close up of a man groping a woman’s dripping wet breasts, and seems to kind of come back to that same theme regularly throughout the movie. If it’s men raping dripping wet women you’re after, this one should suit you just fine, averaging about one wet rape scene every 15 minutes, with the remainder of the film made up of cops sitting around the station plotting their next move. Based on the same series of crimes that the film “The Rapist” was based on, and released the same year, 1994 was a good year for rape films.

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