Apr 28

Love Swindler (1976) aka Pian cai pian se

Vaunted director Li Han-Hsiang reveals the way of the world in this anthology film of four stories that feature far more swindlers and swindling than lovers or love. There’s fake acupuncturists, gullible counterfeiters, a jewelry heist in a VD clinic, and a salesgirl’s subtle scam in these short cinematic stories of gulls, dopes, marks, and fools and the cons, cheaters, charlatans, and connivers who trick them. It’s four times the fraud as the cheats, gyps, and rip-offs come fast and furious!

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Apr 10

Angel Guts 3: Nami (1979) aka Tenshi no Harawata: Nami

Whilst working for a women’s magazine, writing articles about rape victims, Nami conducts an interview with a stripper and views a strange sex show. She leaves before the end, despite a weird man’s insistence that she stay. The next day, Nami visits another rape victim and takes pictures until she meets the man from the sex club. He claims to work for a porno publisher. He cautions Nami on her growing obsession with rape stories. Nami continues to dig deeper in her research and soon starts having fantasies of rape as she comes closer to a fate that could be worse than death.

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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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