Mar 27

Lustful Secretary (2007) aka 撩動我心

Miyake’s father was tricked by Yanase and committed suicide 10 years ago. Miyake swears vengeance on the murderer when she grows up, and she works as a secretary in Yanase’s law film and desperately waits for one chance. In order to collect the Yanase’s incriminating evidence from his assistant, Miyake even seduces him by offering sex. One day, Yanase’s daughter Yumi suddenly disappears. Miyake decides to grab his chance to revenge.

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Mar 21

Si-sei (2006) aka Si-Sei aka Shisei: The Tattooer

shiseiSi-Sei or Tattoo (the translated title is sometimes given as The Tattooist or The Tattooer) was Tanizaki’s first work to appear in print, appearing as part of a collection of short stories in 1910 that effectively launched his career. The tale is of a tattoo artist who abducts a young girl and indelibly monograms the large image of a spider on the flawless canvas of lily-white skin. The tattoo brings about a massive change in her personality, awakening in her an awareness of her sexuality. This is very much an atytpical Sato film – there are only two actors, one set, little nudity or sex, and quite a lot of dialogue. However, his usual obsessions are still present.

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Mar 18

Sadistic Yoga (2006)

The female instructor Mariko gives yoga classes at a high-class club in Tokyo. She has a crush on Rika whom she gives private lessons to. When she notices bruises on Rika’s body, Mariko learns that the young woman is involved in a highly abusive S&M relationship. On order to gain the affections of her student, Mariko decides to take revenge against the men in Rika’s life.

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Feb 22

Searching for the Elephant (2009) aka Pen-teu-ha-woo-seu ko-kki-ri

The film depicts the hollow lives of affluent thirty-something young urban professionals in Seoul. The protagonists are three childhood friends, each struggling with a compulsion: schizophrenia, sex addiction, and infidelity. The revelation of their secrets exacerbates their sense of deprivation, and the three friends are inevitably led to a shocking finale when they learn that growing pains are not just distant memories of their youth.

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Feb 17

Sexy Soccer (2004) aka Sing gum zhook kao

Rolando is a down on his luck soccer coach who is having a hard time scoring. After his team lost, he’s seriously in debt to a loan shark. After being given a last chance, Rolando seeks for an idea to clear his debt. Until it just hit him, an inspiration that’s too good to pass up. He’ll form an all girl soccer team. Containing the bustiest and cutest girls around. They’re so admirable, the male teams will pay attention to them than the tournament itself.

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Feb 16

The Soul Odyssey (2003) aka Jôhatsu tabinikki

A young man is on an inner journey as he searches for meaning in love, eroticism and marriage. He boards a train, and all the clocks are mirrored from then on, as if looking at them from the inside. He travels to a homey village, meets a potential fiancée, then a sensuous and mysterious stripper.

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Jan 19

Escape Captivity: The Movie (2008) aka Shin kankin tôbô: Gekijô-ban

A girl named Kimika (Sakurano) wakes up chained up in a dark boiler room, unsure of how she got there. She’s soon approached by a strange large man wearing a mask and using a creepy voice changer. The girl is the daughter of Daisuke (Kenji Ezure), the shrewd president of a general contracting company. Daisuke was too occupied with an ongoing sexual fling with his secretary (Asami) to notice that his daughter was missing at first, and his relationship with her was already strained due to a certain incident in the past, but when he receives a threatening phone call he eventually recognizes the gravity of the situation. Eventually, Kimika begins to calm down as her fear slowly turns into a perverse attraction to this strange person holding her captive. What is the kidnapper’s motive? And what is his true form? In the basement of a certain building, insanity merges with obscenity as the plot unfolds.

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Jan 19

Maid Droid (2008) aka Rôjin to rabudôru: Watashi ga shochô ni natta toki

Mr. Ueno, retired, lives alone; he talks to Maria, a maid-droid his parents brought from their factory decades ago. Maria became Ueno’s companion after his parents’ deaths, and now her battery is run down; there are no replacement parts. Meanwhile, Inspector Akagi and her police squad are looking for a serial rapist that may not be human; however, if it’s a robot, in harming people it would be disobeying Asimov’s rules of robotics. Akagi’s inquiry takes her to a droid factory run by Mr. X; he helps by explaining why host-droids, the male equivalent of a maid-droid, don’t sell. What will Ueno and Akagi learn about love and the nature of men and women?

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