Intrigue and mystery surround a cold-hearted assassin who must keep one step ahead of the Hong Kong police as he tries to find out who framed him for the murder of a woman and set him up as the fall guy in a complicated drug scheme. Starring Takakura Ken as Nanjo the assassin and directed by the critically acclaimed Ishii Teruo, this is a journey into the dark underside of Asia’s most exciting city. Will Nanjo be able to find the solution and exact revenge for the terrible situation he finds himself in? Read More »
After escaping from an asylum, young medical student Hirosuke assumes the identity of a dead man in order to solve the mystery of a weird doppelganger whose picture he sees in the newspaper. Traveling to faraway Panorama Island, he discovers a mad scientist surgically remaking normal human beings into misshapen monsters…but that is only the beginning. Hirosuke soon learns the horrible truth about the island and his own family’s shameful past, and finds himself plunged into the depths of incest, murder, and madness. Read More »
Teruo Ishii – Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki AKA Bohachi: Clan of the Forgotten Eight [+Extras] (1973)
To die is hell, but to live is also hell.
Japanese cult movie guru Teruo Ishii (HORROR OF MALFORMED MEN; BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE) directs this deranged, over-the-top adaptation from the original manga by Kazuo Koike (creator of LONE WOLF AND CUB, LADY SNOWBLOOD and RAZOR HANZO) about a privileged samurai gang in charge of recruiting women for prostitution in old Edo’s pleasure quarter. It’s a perfect match for unapologetically decadent, phantasmagorical, softcore sex and bloody, sword-swinging sadism. Fascinating, brilliant and amoral, a tour through an ancient subculture obsessed with cruel, violent death and cruel, violent sex. Tetsuro Tanba (ZERO WOMAN: RED HANDCUFFS, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) is a standout as the hardboiled mercenary swordsman caught in the middle between the sex slave business, the corrupt Shogunate and rival gangs. When he goes into action, blood sprays, and heads and limbs fly! Read More »