Feb 17

Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (1988) aka Chikatetsu renzoku reipu: Aijin-gari

A woman is raped on a crowded subway. No one reports it to the police. A TV studio exploits the incident to boost ratings, with tragic results, including the victimization of the reporter sent to harass the gang members who committed the crime.

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Feb 17

Konkatsu Battle Royal (2010) aka 婚活バトルロワイアル

Konkatsu-Battle-RoyalIn 2015, the Japanese economy has collapsed due to global recession. While unemployment rates are over 35 percent, 150,000 people commit suicide every year. In such conditions, a TV program, 24-hour Marriage Battle Royale, skyrockets to unprecedented fame and popularity, where people are set on fire on camera. It’s the ultimate in extreme programming, an ordeal of marriage hunting where women in debt play games to marry famed celebrities abroad, with the losers facing humiliation and could be death. Hana Shinjo, a has-been idol, makes a desperate stab at a new life by applying to the show as a contestant. When accepted, she finds herself pitted against a single mother, a former business owner, a club hostess, a rogue, a high-school girl, and an assorted mob of heartless, cold-blooded women. A frenzied battle for life itself now begins.

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Feb 16

The Soul Odyssey (2003) aka Jôhatsu tabinikki

A young man is on an inner journey as he searches for meaning in love, eroticism and marriage. He boards a train, and all the clocks are mirrored from then on, as if looking at them from the inside. He travels to a homey village, meets a potential fiancée, then a sensuous and mysterious stripper.

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Feb 07

Bloody Territories (1969) aka Kôiki bôryoku: ryuuketsu no shima

A once-powerful yakuza clan disbands as a result of a police crackdown, but one small group refuses to bow to police pressure, and launches a campaign to take over Tokyo’s drug, prostitution, and gambling rackets. Someone wants to stop them. Is it the police? Rival gang members? Or is it an entirely new group of hired killers who will stop at nothing to gain complete control of Tokyo’s “bloody territories”?

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Jan 20

Third Base (1978) aka Sâdo

Even in the world of criminal outsiders, there are those who are especially isolated. In this story, Third (Toshiyuki Nagashima) is an aimless young man who hangs around with a couple of girls who are amateur hookers. One day, while acting as their pimp, he gets into a conflict with a young gangster and winds up killing him. He is caught for this crime and imprisoned. Even here, because he is not a proper gangster, he is an outsider.

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