Sep 20

Marquis de Sade’s Prosperities of Vice (1988) aka Akutoku no sakae

An obsession with the life and works of the Marquis de Sade leads a depraved, 1920s-era Japanese count down the path of tragedy and self-destruction in director Akio Jissoji’s lavish erotic drama. In order to impress his wealthy, jaded friends, the decadent nobleman hires thieves, prostitutes, and other undesirables to reenact scenes from the notorious writer’s most revered works. In time, however, simply watching the performances isn’t enough to fulfill the nobleman’s fantasies. Threatening the performers with death should they refuse to make love to his wife while he watches, the nobleman sinks deeper and deeper into his fantasy world of debauchery, even as his degenerate actions threaten dire consequences for all involved.

Continue reading

Sep 05

Female Leopard (1985) aka Mehyô

A young and beautiful woman goes to stay with her “eccentric” brother in the country. He – a crazed millionaire painter – is entranced by his sister’s beauty, the very reason they were separated in their youth. Unable to hide his yearning for his own flesh and blood, the lady of the house decides to take matters into her own hands to preserve her status.

Continue reading