Mar 29

The Himalayan (1976) aka Mi zong sheng shou

The Tseng family is one of the most noble and respected clans in a small village in Tibet. The patriarch of the Tseng family wants to marry off his daughter Ching Lan into the Kao clan. However, the cunning and deceitful eldest brother Kao Chu only wants his younger sibling Kao I-Fan to marry Lan so he can gain access to the Tseng family’s considerable wealth and power.

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Mar 25

Going Places (1974) aka Les Valseuses

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She’s on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure.

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Mar 22

Red Paper Lanterns (1974) aka Aka chôchin (赤ちょうちん)

Masayuki and Sachie (Kumiko Akiyoshi) had little to lose when they first met each other. They were young. Their lives, unscripted. It did not take long for Masayuki to quit his job and for the two to move in together. In a neighborhood where the red paper lanterns lit up the alleyways at nightfall, they kept each other warm. Love takes its toll when they find that Sachie is pregnant.

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Mar 19

Virgin Report (1972) aka Jungfrauen-Report

Jungrauen Report is an almost mondo style pseudo documentary on the history of virginity and the pleasures and problems that maintaining and losing it has caused throughout the world and throughout the ages. Sex Report/Schoolgirl Report films were a popular phenomena in Europe during the seventies, and Franco was never one to not get in on a phase, so it makes sense that he’s got at least one of these in his massive and ever growing filmography.

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Mar 11

Sins of Sister Lucia (1978) aka Shûdôjo Rushia: Kegasu

Rumiko is a misbehaving girl who got caught stealing the cash her father had at home for bribes. Father would not accuse her of that, but when he caught her having sex with her English teacher, he was justified in sending her to a monastery, where the nuns try to force her to become a good girl. However, after a few days in forced piety, Rumiko (now Sister Lucia) discovered that her sins were nothing in comparison with those of other Sisters, and Mother Superior’s.

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