Feb 01

Madame O (1967) Zoku akutokui: Joi-hen

A teenage girl walking along the beach is attacked by a group of men and brutally gang-raped. She later finds out that not only is she pregnant from the rape, but that she has contracted syphilis, and she develops a deep hatred for all men. Years later she becomes a doctor. By day she saves lives, but at night she takes her revenge on men by picking them up and killing them in various ways. However, one day she meets and falls in love with a young physician. Complications ensue.

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Jan 28

Tokyo Skin (1996) aka Tôkyô sukin

Amidst the swirl of Tokyo’s seamy nightlife of designer drugs, casual sex, and American slang, Zhou turns 30. It’s a spiritual crisis for this Chinese immigrant who quotes Confucius, this Lothario and con artist who fences stolen goods. He falls for Kyoko, a seemingly shy provincial woman looking for the man who jilted her sister. As their relationship plays out, Hanawa intercuts stories of Kazuo, a hyper- kinetic artist who loves the trendy Yoko (Kazuo bores her and she pursues the indifferent Zhou), and Ali, a Pakistani Muslim who, broke and forlorn, stands outside a convenience store love-struck by a clerk because she looked into his eyes (she thought he was shop-lifting).

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Jan 19

Sadistic City (1993) aka Maohgai

Kishi is a 37-year-old personnel officer and fairly happy with work, wife and child. But he turns out to be susceptible to a more exciting life. Through his old schoolfriend Daimon he meets the attractive Yoshie and spends a sensational night of love with her. Kishi doesn’t want to leave it at one night. On their second meeting, Daimon is also present and this night turns into a sado-masochistic ritual. A suppressed memory emerges in Kishi: once he raped an elderly woman with Daimon. Kishi again crossed a frontier this night and the relationship with his colleague Yuko also breaks boundaries. He slowly realises that his emotional life is taking a direction that he had never dreamed possible; Kishi moves into a new and dark world.

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