Nov 29

Orgies of Edo (1969) aka Zankoku ijô gyakutai monogatari: Genroku

In the tradition of JOY OF TORTURE, this film presents three stores of sadism and perversion taking place in Edo during a time of civil war. The first story; involves a woman forced into prostitution. The second: a woman is turned on by unattractive men who has threesomes with dwarfs. Her admirer disfigures himself so she will like him. The third: a sadistic and powerful man who has bulls with flaming horns charge into a courtyard of women wearing red who are forced to strip to avoid being gored.

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Jun 28

The Sun’s Burial (1960) aka Taiyô no hakaba

In Osaka’s slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin’s gang. Shin’s an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she’s in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she’s taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others’ murderers.

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Mar 20

Female Ninja Magic (1964) aka Kunoichi ninpo

The night before Osaka castle falls, foreseeing defeat, Sanada Yukimura makes 5 female ninjas of Shinano (O-Kyo, O-Mayu, O-Yo, O-Yui, and O-Nami) conceive Hideyori’s child in order to keep the Toyotomi bloodline alive. Sen-hime disguises these female ninjas as servants to take them out of Osaka castle. Ieyasu, however, upon learning this orders Shinano female ninjas to be assassinated by 5 female Iga ninjas (Tsuzumi Hayato, Shichito Sutebe, Hannyaji Fuuhaku, Amamaki Ittensai, and Usuzumi Tomoyasu).

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