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Irezumi / Spirit of Tattoo (1982) Yoichi Takabayashi, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yûsuke Takita, Harue Kyô, Drama

Irezumi AKA Spirit of Tattoo (1982)
To satisfy her lover’s fetish for tattooed women, Akane agrees to have her body covered in eloborate tattoos by Kyogoro, an old craftsman. Kyogoro has developed a special technique, by which his assistant, Harutsune, keeps Katsuko’s mind off the pain while Kyogoro does his work. After the work is done, Harutsune makes the shocking discovery of how Kyogoro mastered his technique.

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Zoom In: Rape Apartments / Zûmu in: Bôkô danchi (1980) Naosuke Kurosawa, Erina Miyai, Yôko Azusa, Yûko Ôsaki, Horror, Pinku, Erotic

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Saeko, a somewhat enigmatic young woman, is brutally beaten with a rock and raped by a man wearing a dark-colored mask and black gloves. She eventually recovers, but not long afterwards a series of horrific murders begins occurring in the apartment building she lives in. When it turns out that the victims are badly beaten, then killed and their genitals burned off, Saeko begins to think she has an idea who the killer is, but realizes she may be murdered before she has a chance to expose the maniac.

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Black Rose Ascension / Kurobara shôten (1975) Tatsumi Kumashiro, Shin Kishida, Naomi Tani, Meika Seri, Drama, Erotic

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Shin Kishida stars as Juzo, a self-important pinku eiga director plainly modeled on Nagisa Oshima. Production is stopped on his new film whenever lead celebrity Meiko is too obviously expecting to film gender views. Interested in a replacement, he comes over the common Naomi Tani, starring right here in a single associated with rare functions which doesn’t need her to be bound with rope. Every thing goes well until Tani begins an intercourse scene with Hajime Tanimoto, that got Meiko expecting. Juzo knows that he’s in love together with brand new starlet, therefore he cancels the movie, marries Tani, and lives gladly actually after.

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Raiou / The Lightning Tree (2010) Ryuichi Hiroki, Yû Aoi, Masaki Okada, Pîtâ, Romance

Raiou AKA The Lightning Tree (2010)
Set during the Edo Period, a young man from a noble family meets a young woman under a special tree called “Raiou” (the tree was struck by lightning at one time with the broken part eventually sprouting out cherry blossoms). The young woman lived freely in the mountains after she was abducted as a young child. The couple soon fall in love under the Raiou tree, but become acutely aware of their different social positions & the ramifications it has on their relationship.

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Yasha / Demon (1985) Yasuo Furuhata, Ken Takakura, Ayumi Ishida, Hisamitsu Nakamura, Drama, Crime

Yasha (1985)
Retired yakuza gangster Shuji (Ken Takakura) moves back from Osaka to a remote coastal village to start a new life as a fisherman with his family, his arrival from the city coinciding with that of the beautiful bar hostess Keiko (Yuko Tanaka, who provided the voice of Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke). Keiko’s new bar, as its name Hotaru (‘firefly’) suggests is soon acting as a magnet for all the local fishermen, much to the chagrin of their wives. Not soon after the arrival of Keiko’s roguish lover Yajima (Kitano), also an ex-mobster, the locals are drawn into a host of collective vices including gambling and all-night drinking sessions. After a truly stand-out scene in which Yajima runs rampage through the village on a heroin-induced spree with a carving knife, he is run out of town by Shuji, but not before slashing Shuji’s shirt open during the fracas to reveal the tattoo of a woman’s face upon his back. With Shuji’s gangster past now revealed he finds himself ostracised by the local community and drawn towards the sympathetic character of the bar hostess with whom he shares a common past. When Yajima rears his ugly head one more time in order to borrow money from Keiko to pay off a debt to the yakuza, it is to Shuji that she turns for help, threatening to upset his domestic apple cart and pitch him back towards his old life.

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