Oct 21

Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) aka Jimunopedi ni midareru

Commissioned by Japan’s Nikkatsu Studio to commemorate the 45th anniversary of its ‘roman porno’ period, the piece focuses on the has-been director who gets a variety of loose women of different means and ages to share a bed with him in order to make him feel better about himself. At the same time, his lead actress has walked out and his latest means of income is in jeopardy.

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Oct 21

Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992) aka Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki

A female projectionist is haunted by the image of a small boy. Perhaps driven by insanity from a former abortion she goes on a killing spree, gutting women and removing their stomaches. Her relationship with her attractive and successful friend drives the plot deeper into insanity.

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Oct 19

Raging Hell Fires (1977) aka Yumeno Kyusaku no shoujo jigoku

Utae and Aiko attend an all-girl private school where the devoutly religious principal seems to be raping some of the students, including Utae. Aiko is really the principal’s daughter, and was horribly abused by him when she was a child. Or so the audience is led to believe. Eventually, Utae and Aiko kidnap the lecher and viciously torture him in scenes so diabolically Sadean that they could only have come from the pen of Kyusaku Yumeno, author of the well-regarded DOGRA MAGRA.

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Oct 19

Hellcage: Inmate 611 Part 2 (2007) aka Joshû 611: onna-tachi no gyakushû

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. Once you’re inside Japan’s most notorious women’s prison, the only way to get out is to play the system by its own twisted rules. Crooked guards? Bribe them. Corrupt administrators? Blackmail. And when all else fails, find an outside ally with inside connections to stage an escape. But when conflicting schemes overlap and collide, everything goes up in flames and it’s the inmates who will burn. One third of the way into her sentence for the possession of illegal drugs, Reika, prisoner number 48, discovers that she’s up for parole. Better yet, she’s gathered enough dirty laundry on the warden and his cronies that she might be able to walk free, but only as long as nothing upsets the delicate status quo. Too bad that a former lover is setting up a jailbreak at the same time, and now the ultimate fate of Reika, Saya and the other inmates hangs on the outcome.

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Oct 19

Hellhole: Inmate 611 (2007) aka Joshû 611: onna-tachi no yakata

It’s called the House of Evils, where beasts in human flesh prowl the corridors and the most dangerous residents aren’t the luscious inmates, but the predatory guards. For the crime of assaulting her lover, Saya Mizushima has been sentenced to three years in the most brutal prison facility in Japan. It wasn’t supposed to be a life sentence, but unless the woman now known as Inmate 611 can learn how to hold her own against both the ruthlessness of her fellow inmates and the brutal harassment of the guards, she’s got little chance of walking out with both mind and body intact. Stripped, shackled, but not yet broken, an international chain gang of red hot models and actresses lead by Akira Kiuchi, Harumi Nemoto, Youko Kamon, Yoshimi Asada and Kei Mizutani prepare to march into the flames of the damned in HELLHOLE: INMATE 611!

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