Jul 30

Devil Woman (1964) a.K.a Onibaba (鬼婆)

Onibaba.1964.COVERAfter being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
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Jul 18

The Concubines (1969) a.K.a Kinpeibai (金瓶梅)

The.Notorious.Concubines-COVERNot satisfied with being a 13th century house-wife, unscrupulous Chin Lien tries to exchange her rice salesman of a husband for his more attractive brother, captain of the guard Wu Sung. Rebuffed, she proceeds to Plan B: Poison her husband and begin a lusty affair with wealthy, decadent Men Ching While Wu Sung goes on a murderous rampage and Chin Lien celebrates by becoming Men Ching’s fifth wife, the lecherous husband marries Wife Number 6 and drowns himself in drunken orgies.
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Jul 17

Slave Widow (1967) a.K.a Dorei mibojin (奴隷未亡人)

slave-widowAfter her husband kills himself, future prospects for the demure and beautiful Mitsuko Fuji look incredibly bleak. Fortunately, her dead husband’s largest creditor, Mr. Kito, is there to offer a shoulder to cry on as he offers to settle all her debts. But, sure enough, Kito’s charity comes with certain strings attached; namely that Mitsuko becomes his personal sex slave. Things become even more complicated when Kito’s son Kazuhiko falls for the helpless widow, throwing into jeopardy his own marriage plans.
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Jul 13

Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (1967) a.K.a Kôya no Dacchi waifu

Inflatable-Sex-Doll-of-the-Wastelands-1967-coverA private detective is hired to find a woman who has apparently been murdered in a snuff film. It turns out the woman’s not dead, but very much alive, and he gets sucked into a torrid affair with her that leaves him questioning his sense of reality.
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Jul 06

Retaliation (1968) a.K.a Shima wa moratta

Retaliation.1968-pJiro, an ex-convict, comes back to the street after eight years. The gang to which he belonged is nearly disbanded; only the aging boss in his sick bed remains. Still loyal to the ex-boss, Jiro approaches the powerful Hasama family to ask for assistance. Hasama kindly offers him a job: to settle the dispute in the rising manufacturing city where two opposing gangs battle over the land. Hasama promises Jiro that he will be given control over the land if he completes the task. Jiro heads first to the city with six other outlaws summoned by Hasama. However, Hasama suddenly breaks the promise and Jiro is driven to desperate measures.
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May 19

The Shogun and the Three Thousand Women (1968) aka Tokugawa onna keizu

tokugawa-onna-keizu-pTokugawa onna keizu follows the harem life – one man, and an endless amount of young beautiful women whose only function is to please their lord. It results into 90 minutes of slightly naughty, often silly entertainment. The amount of nudity is generally high – especially in the massive contest scenes such as topples sumo wrestling – but some of the main actresses still remain clothed throughout. Many genre requlars can be spotted in the film – Yukie Kagawa, Yoko Mihara, Naomi Tani (before becoming a Nikkatsu sm queen) and Ishii’s trusted male leads Teruo Yoshida and Asao Koike.
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