Jun 16

Extraordinary Images! Bondage in Japan (1980) aka Gekisatsu! Nihon no Kinbaku (1980)

A tragedy about Japan during and after the Second World War, including Japanese abuses in China: Sanae is a girl who is in love with gardener Kenji. But he goes to war and she will suffer the consequences by falling into the clutches of the perverted Japanese officer Takada who killed his wife Yuki wile torturing. The curse will continue for three generations. She is torn between relationships becomes a mistress.

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Men Behind The Sun I,II,III,IV (1988-1995) aka Hei tai yang 731

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Men Behind The Sun Collection including:
1. Men Behind The Sun I (1988)
2. Men Behind The Sun II: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
3. Men Behind The Sun III: Narrow Escape (1994)
4. Men Behind The Sun IV: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (1995)

The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

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May 31

Onimasa (1982) aka Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor because of his fairness. Matsue lives in the middle of this society, between gang wars and rivalries among the chief’s mistresses. But when Onimasa takes a chivalrous attitude and finds himself on the side of train workers on strike, it annoys the Great Godfather of the island. The story starts in 1918, ends with the nearing of the Second World War.

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May 13

Women in Heat Behind Bars (1987) aka Ori no naka no hoshigaru onnatachi

The lovely Shinobu Himeno is arrested and thrown into Asahi Female Prison for being an unwilling accomplice in a jewelry store robbery. She’s to serve her sentence in the infamous Cell Block 21, a dismal area full of tough, sex-starved women. Himeno is bullied and abused by inmates and guards and, after being framed for starting a fight, is taken away and tied up by the prison’s infamous Mr. Kiya. Through flashbacks, we discover why many of the women have been locked up here and soon, in one great act of defiance, they rise up to overtake the prison in a bloody, violent riot! Can the shy Himeno ever escape this living hell?

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May 06

Farewell to the Land (1982) aka Saraba itoshiki daichi (さらば愛しき大地)

Farewell.to.the.Land.1982Influenced by Bresson and Mizoguchi, Farewell takes a detached view of its protagonist Yukio (Jinpachi Nezu), an ex-farmer working as a dump-truck driver in Kashima. Haunted by the drowning of his two young sons, whose names he has had tattooed on his back in penance, and locked in a sibling rivalry with his traditional but urbane younger brother who lives in Tokyo, Yukio has become an amphetamine-addicted loner at odds with his family, friends and colleagues — an alienation that, as the film’s title suggests, seems to derive from the industrialization of his farming community.

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