A poor grandpa gets caught in the cross fire between rival bosses. Nearly slashed to death he crawls off home. With his dying breath he hands his 7 year old granddaughter a pair of dice and instructions on how to find her father. She heads off to town with some guys chasing her. She’s helped along the way by a nice kid and one of the men of the dead boss. It’s a story of murder, vengeance and redemption. With ghosts. Continue reading
Three young men from the countryside spend their lives in Tokyo alternately complaining about their boring existence and brutalizing people. When they come to violent ends themselves, they claim to be victims of society.
A yakuza flees from his boss with a young waitress and is tricked into returning to the fold. For his efforts, he is tortured and beaten, and she is raped and discarded like trash. Five years later, a similar scenario presents itself only this time, the ex- yakuza has learnt from his mistake. The director employs a subtle, documentary style and switches between color and black and white. The women in this film are gorgeous, and there is a plethora of nudity. Structured much more conventionally than many Wakamatsu pictures, and feeling more like noir than pink. It’s a humble little gem from a truly maverick director.
A bunch of young hipsters kidnaps a loving couple and keeps them trapped in a barren landscape. To the sounds of free jazz they are performing various experiments with the couple. In the distance is a yakuza gang is keeping track of youths. Who are really experimenting with whom?
A Japanese woman is raped by her boyfriend day in day out.
A group of pleasure-seeking young people are stranded on a mysterious island when their boat crashes. One by one they succumb to the lure of the deadly music.
This is the first of three “Yokai” films made in the 1960s by Daiei, which also gave the world Gamera and Giant Majin. Like the later, this film has a period setting that suggests a samurai film and emphasizes a human drama in which, ultimately, only the intervention of a supernatural monster (in this case, “yokai,” or spirits) can resolve the conflict satisfactorily. Continue reading
Koichi is a gigolo who is paid by a madame to seduce and have sex with various women while she and her clients secretly watch. Continue reading
In Nineteenth Century Japan, various ladies are forced into prostitution in a certain brothel. Here, they’re raped, tortured, and abused, and the human body of each is covered with elaborate tattoos. Continue reading