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Yoshimitsu Morita – Zûmu appu: Maruhon uwasa no sutorippa AKA Top Stripper (1982)

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A frank coming-of-age story, in which young Yoichi falls for Gloria at the local strip joint. Yoichi’s innocent nature has him attending her shows every day, filling his mind with her beauty. The standard bittersweet disappointments of the coming-of-age story are offset by irreverent moments of levity; a quirk of director Yoshimitsu Morita’s which he became known for. Read More »

Yoshimitsu Morita – 39 keihô dai sanjûkyû jô AKA Keiho (1999)

‘Keiho’ is a fascinating thriller dealing with memory, guilt and justice. A young actor is arrested for a brutal double murder. He confesses but pretty soon the possibility of him being mentally ill and therefore legally incompetent comes to the fore. A young female psychiatrist working on the case (called Kafka, interestingly enough!) becomes convinced that he is faking his apparent schizophrenia. All very good and ‘Primal Fear’ so far, but after that things get much more complicated, ambiguous and interesting. ‘Keiho’ is strongly acted, well written, and imaginatively directed, and will keep you guessing right until its’ final scenes. Supposedly based on a true case, unresolved at the time of the movies original release, this is a real gem that beats 90% of Hollywood’s lame and predictable thrillers at their own game. Try and see this one! Read More »

Yoshimitsu Morita – Shitsurakuen AKA Lost Paradise (1997)

The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them. Based on the bestselling novel by Junichi Watanabe, is about the fated love affair between Shoichiro, a middle-aged man who has come to regret devoting his whole life to his work, and Rinko, a beautiful woman trapped in a married life filled with depression and disillusion. A man engaged to Soichiro’s daughter, Chika, has fallen in love with Rinko, and Soichiro meets with her to ask her to end the relationship. However, despite their unpleasant first meeting, soon Shoichiro and Rinko find themselves drawn to each other, and find in each other something that had been missing in their lives. Their burning passion heightens, until their yearning for everlasting, perfect love leads to a fateful decision. Read More »

Yoshimitsu Morita – Tokimeki ni shisu AKA Deaths in Tokimeki (1984)

An emotionless hit man is sent on a mission to a remote town. There he stays with a caretaker / driver / servant / doctor who is given minimal instruction over the phone by “the organization.” A prostitute joins them. Death is inevitable, but whose? Read More »

Yoshimitsu Morita – Mohou-han AKA Copycat Killer (2002)

This horrifying thriller, which stars Smap member Masahiro Nakai revolves around a lunatic killer who announces his crimes before he carries them out! All victims are killed in hideous ways, most of them being tortured before death. This nerve-wrecking shocker will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat until its startling climax! Read More »