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Unread post by chazgower01 » 16 Oct 2017, 22:15

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Watching Onsen Mimizu Geisha now... the opening credits of Reiko running nude are already worth it!

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Though this shot of my favorite, Miki Sugimoto may top them all! LOL

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 17 Oct 2017, 03:41

Hot Springs Earthworm Geisha (温泉みみず芸者 Onsen mimizu geisha) Blogstream (Japan, 1971) 3/5
As I seem to be watching this series backwards, this is apparently number 4 of the 5 in the group (no dvd box set?) - it's basically a silly comedy based around the idea of a pretty girl who gets in financial difficulties, becoming a geisha for money, and (at least in the two I've seen so far) having a vagina of special abilities that she eventually uses to 'defeat' her boss who doesn't want her to leave the business after she falls in love.
This one features a reportedly just under the legal age Reiko Ike running naked in the opening credits, as our featured rookie Geisha, and she of course plays the part like a pro. It's hard to believe this is a first movie for her, as she plays the focal point of the camera like she's been doing it her whole life.
Playing her kid sister, and 'practicing' on a banana in a short scene made just for those lips, is Miki Sugimoto, who LOOKS younger (she is by 5 months), and thus, keeps her clothes on throughout. Still, in a school girl outfit, or rockin some hot pants, she looks amazing. She does get dragged into a love scene near the end, but, once again, she is covered, and only has a smaller role - this is definately Reiko's movie.
It's a fun movie, I guess, and certainly a departure from what they would end up playing regularly, so it's worth a look.

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Unread post by HungFist » 17 Oct 2017, 04:22

chazgower01 wrote: Playing her kid sister, and 'practicing' on a banana in a short scene made just for those lips, is Miki Sugimoto, who LOOKS younger (she is by 5 months)
Small correction: Sugimoto is older than Ike (although she looks younger). Most sources report May 25th 1953 as Ike's birthday but that is false. She was actually born in 1954. She had lied her age when she got the role in Hot Springs Earthworm Geisha, and when Norifumi Suzuki and the film's producer discovered that they created her a new "official" birthdate May 25th 1953. Suzuki has stated it in interviews several times that he made up that birthdate...

Toei hasn't been keen on correcting the info and no wonder since Ike is underage in all of her early films (probably until summer 1972. I haven't been able to confirm the exact correct birthdate, but it is probably May 25th 1954).

Sugimoto, if her reported birthdate (Jan 28, 1953) is correct, was 18 already at the time of her debut.
chazgower01 wrote:number 4 of the 5 in the group (no dvd box set?)
No box set, but Toei has released all of them on dvd. There are 6 films actually (for quick reference, see Geo's rental listing of the series).
chazgower01 wrote:Reiko Ike running naked in the opening credits
Ah, yeah, that's the one scene I remember from the film! Probably everyone who saw it remembers it :lol:

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 17 Oct 2017, 05:28

Very interesting, thank you!

I can see why NOBODY wants to update that info...LOL

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Zatoichi on the Road (座頭市喧嘩旅) (Japan, 1963) [BD] - 3.5/5
Part 5. As Chris D pointed out, this film's title merely states the obvious as Zatoichi is always on the road. The title is especially apt in case of this film, however. I think there also lies one of the main charms of the Zatoichi films. From a modern person's perspective, it's almost enviable to see a man who is not in a hurry anywhere, walking the earth, running into new adventures and inhaling the fresh air as he passes the ever changing beautiful landscapes. It is a romanticized dream and perfect escapism for a modern viewer. This film does fine job capturing all that via lush cinematography and fine score. Katsu's performance is also wonderful. Supporting characters are unfortunately limited to the usual crooked villains (including one especially ungrateful female role) and a helpless pretty girl in a need of a bodyguard.

Chivalry of Judo Life (任侠柔一代) (Japan, 1966) [TV] - 2.5/5
Before Toei got into mass producing martial arts movies (other than samurai flicks), there was a handful of films to that mixed yakuza storylines with hand to hand fighting. This one is a ninkyo yakuza judo film. Hideo Murata is an honourable gangster who tries to assassinate rotten boss Hosei Komatsu but gets his own ass kicked. Young judo fighter Hiroki Matsukata comes to rescue. Meanwhile Komatsu gets bodyguard Tomisaburo Wakayama to look after him. Wandering karate fighter Saburo Kitajima who dislikes both Komatsu and Matsukata appears and further complicates things. Though the fights are old fashioned and a bit slow, they are quite nicely staged. Unfortunately there are too few of them. As a ninkyo film the movie is technically well done but not especially engaging. Drama lacks the kind of strong moral conflicts that you find in better ninkyo films, and it's not always clear who is supposed to be the main character. Not that bad, but not great either. The nice theme music sounds like it could be from a Zorro movie.

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Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (恐怖女子高校 暴行リンチ教室 Kyōfu joshikōkō: bōkō rinchi kyōshitsu) Part of the Pinky Violence Box Set ( March 1973) 4/5
Now THIS is a rebel movie!
Man, I don't even know where to begin, though ultimately I'll say this should be used as one of the highest examples of Great Lowbrow Art. It really is a wonderful example of fantastic sleaze entertainment!
Even though Reiko Ike is in it, her role is pretty small - this is Miki Sugimoto's movie - and they play her character to the hilt - tough, pissed off, and doesn't say much, but when she does it says a lot. The torture is gruesome (Miki's character says, whatever, bring it on), all the male characters are complete sleaze balls - even kind of the good guy a little bit - and the girls are... well, they're sadistic, violent, perverted, and ready to fight!
The movie is about a girls rehabilitation school that has a whole lot of underhanded stuff going on, including a savage group of girls on the take from administration, who dole out their own brand of social justice. When Miki's boss gets offed by them (in a classic first scene of the movie), she ends up there hell bent on revenge.
It just continues to ramp up from there, right up to the amazing, epic riot at the end of the movie.
Director Norifumi Suzuki has made some true classics of the genre and this is one of them!

Miki Sugimoto on a motorcycle - as iconic as it gets!
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BUT as Miki's character remind's us:
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Though apparently later on she unfortunately has changed her fashion habits....
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...while in the process of getting tortured!
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Though you know ultimately, she's going to get the upper hand...
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Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (座頭市喧嘩旅) (Japan, 1964) [BD] - 2.5/5
Part 8. Zatoichi on the road with an infant. He's assisted by a female pickpocket who agrees to help in taking care of the baby. They of course both fall in love with the baby which they are supposed to take to his father, which produces some annoying melodrama to accompany the rather comedic narrative. For some reason this is one of the most popular films in the series. "Zatoichi changing a baby's diapers" is basically the film in a nutshell. There is, however, a genuinely touching scene near the end with Zatoichi meeting a temple priest (Yoshi Kato, whose face should be more familiar to most viewers than his name) that alone makes the film feel somewhat rewarding.

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Truck Yaro: Dokyu Ichiban Boshi (トラック野郎 度胸一番星) (Japan, 1977) [DVD] - 3.5/5
This enormously popular series is what director Norifumi Suzuki is best known for in Japan. The series was essentially a truck variation of the good old wandering hero / watadori / matatabi concept, with Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa as carefree trucker behind the wheels of gorgeously decorated vehicles (which used to be a subculture of its own in Japan). Sonny Chiba co-stars in this film, the 5th in the series. It's also one of the better Truck Yaro films, repeating the usual formula with all the comedy, drama, nudity, and local festivals, and featuring one of the best climatic chase scenes when Sugawara has to drive a truckload of fish from Kanazawa to Niigata, making an 8 hour drive in 5. Chiba plays the rival trucker, the leader of the Jaws gang whose vehicles are numbered Jaws I, Jaws II, Jaws III, Jaws IV and Jaws V. In addition to being badass and demolishing a small village with his truck, he also has an incredibly silly and very funny fist fight with Sugawara. Speaking of which, many Western viewers who only know Sugawara from his yakuza roles may be surprised to see him doing physical slapstick comedy here.

Robot Keiji: The Movie (ロボット刑事: 劇場版) (Japan, 1973) [TV]
Despite the title, this is not so much a "movie" as a theatrical 25 minute edit combining scenes from multiple episodes from the Robot Detective TV series. It was created for the Toei Cartoon Festival, an anime and superhero film event held by Toei during holiday seasons and aimed at children. The original TV series, which ran 26 episodes, was an early entry in the Metal Hero genre and followed a robot detective who would dress in casual clothes on his free time. Sonny Chiba appeared in one episode, and his brother Jiro had a role as a (human) detective. The Movie Version compiles selected scenes from episodes 1-9, 11 and 12. As such, it's quite difficult to follow unless you've seen the original TV series as there is clearly too much content crammed into 25 minutes. It has also been cropped from its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio to theatrical 2.35:1, which causes major amounts of information to be cut off from top and bottom. That being said, the original TV series seems fun. Being more of a special compilation than a movie, I shall refrain from rating this version. Chiba appears in it briefly.

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chazgower01 wrote:Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (恐怖女子高校 暴行リンチ教室 Kyōfu joshikōkō: bōkō rinchi kyōshitsu) Part of the Pinky Violence Box Set ( March 1973) 4/5
Now THIS is a rebel movie!
One of my favourites as well. I especially love two scenes in the film: the opening with the badass character introductions, and the school riot. And of course Ike's introduction too. And that scene where the old teacher is fired which perfectly demonstrates Suzuki's skill to craft a genuinely sad scene in the middle of all the mayhem. Actually, there's loads of great scenes in the film...

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Truck Yaro: Dokyu Ichiban Boshi (トラック野郎 度胸一番星) (Japan, 1977) [DVD] - 3.5/5
This enormously popular series is what director Norifumi Suzuki....
Having been throughly entertained by a couple of his movies, I'm going to have to seek this out now!

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Having been throughly entertained by a couple of his movies, I'm going to have to seek this out now!
Which ones have you seen so far?

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Having been throughly entertained by a couple of his movies, I'm going to have to seek this out now!
Which ones have you seen so far?
Sex & Fury, Girl Boss Guerrilla, and Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom and getting ready to watch Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge right now

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chazgower01 wrote:
HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote:
Having been throughly entertained by a couple of his movies, I'm going to have to seek this out now!
Which ones have you seen so far?
Sex & Fury, Girl Boss Guerrilla, and Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom and getting ready to watch Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge right now
and the two Onsen Geisha movies ;)

For pinky violence I highly recommend School of the Holy Beast. His Sukeban films are lightweight fun as well, especially the first 3 (although some of the best films in the series, mainly 5 and 7, were not directed by Suzuki). Dolls of the Shogun's Harem is also quite good, more of a rock-pediod-sex-drama than pinky violence, though. edit: and the first Terrifying Girls' High School film, Women's Violent Classroom of course! It's more mean spirited than most of his other films, but I think it's pretty good.

From action films I recommend the turbo-action-comedy Roaring Fire and the karate biopic Killing Machine, both with Sonny Chiba.

Of course, there are many other good ones, too... The Truck Yaro series (comedy), Shogun's Ninja (period action), Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls (Roman Porno), and The Secret of the Fylfot (ninja exploitation) to mention a few.

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HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote:
HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote:
Having been throughly entertained by a couple of his movies, I'm going to have to seek this out now!
Which ones have you seen so far?
Sex & Fury, Girl Boss Guerrilla, and Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom and getting ready to watch Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge right now
and the two Onsen Geisha movies ;)

For pinky violence I highly recommend School of the Holy Beast. His Sukeban films are lightweight fun as well, especially the first 3 (although some of the best films in the series, mainly 5 and 7, were not directed by Suzuki). Dolls of the Shogun's Harem is also quite good, more of a rock-pediod-sex-drama than pinky violence, though. edit: and the first Terrifying Girls' High School film, Women's Violent Classroom of course! It's more mean spirited than most of his other films, but I think it's pretty good.

From action films I recommend the turbo-action-comedy Roaring Fire and the karate biopic Killing Machine, both with Sonny Chiba.

Of course, there are many other good ones, too... The Truck Yaro series (comedy), Shogun's Ninja (period action), Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls (Roman Porno), and The Secret of the Fylfot (ninja exploitation) to mention a few.
Awesome, thank you! I will add them all to my list!

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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (座頭市地獄旅) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 4/5
Part 12. Zatoichi films are similar to ninkyo yakuza films in the sense that their quality doesn't come down so much to originality as to how beautifully they recite the usual formula. In Zatoichi films the basic patter is that of a road movie, with much emphasis on Zatoichi's interaction with the people he meets. This one is one of the best films in the series. The film's asset is Mikio Narita as a psychotic yet friendship seeking swordsman and chess master who becomes Zatoichi's travel companion to treat his own loneliness and desire for intellectual challenge. Throughout the film they walk a fine line between friendship and death. The film is beautifully directed by Kenji Misumi, with a fine balance between interesting characterization and fast moving action. There's also a very funny gambling scene played to the perfection.

Kôkôsei burai hikae: Tsuki no Muramasa (高校生無頼控 突きのムラマサ) (Japan, 1973) [VoD] - 2.5/5
The 2nd film in the Muramasa trilogy, all based on Kazuo Koike comic books, these are quite a bit more light hearted than the material he is usually associated with. There's plenty of silliness mixed with nostalgic 70s youth comedy innocence, and no, sexism, groping and bit of raping were not deemed unfit for this context back then. The film opens with high school kid gone watadori Muramasa is practicing kendo bare-assed by the river, which shocks a pretty lady so bad she falls off her bike. A few moments (and a lecture about manhood's symbol) later he's already "accidentally" groping her breasts while getting a ride, all thanks to a bumpy road of course. The rest of the film follows in the same trails, with Muramasa coming across goofy characters and hot girls, with little in terms of plot. Muramasa is this time played by Masaaki Daimon, and the girls he runs into are Yuriko Hishimi (teacher), Yayoi Watanabe (bar girl) and Sayoko Kato (school girl), all of whom he manages relieve of their clothing. Worth mentioning as a bit of trivia is that all three films (1972-1973) premiered as Toho "Wild Youth" double features with the Rica films, a series that started out mean and gritty, but eventually went down the Muramasa road of comic book silliness.

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Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (Japan, 1963) Netflix DVD 3.5/5
Entertaining and colorful Yakuza movie from Seijun Suzuki, that has fun with the spy genre and features some interesting characters. The always great Jô Shishido plays the wise guy detective who gets hired by police to infiltrate a yakuza gang and keep a potential witness alive. Of course he gets in too deep and things ramp up quickly.
The alluring Reiko Sassamori (as the bosses girl, that Jô takes a shining to - he did a number of movies with her) slowly falls in love with him amidst trying to figure out what he's up to; while his 'girlfriend' Sally (Naomi Hoshi), occasionally becomes useful to his momentary needs in trying to outwit the yakuza gang, who he's constantly trying to keep one step ahead of.
Because it's Suzuki, there are plenty of little quirks, most of which are interesting to see, as spy thrillers usually tend to be pretty serious and dry. When Shishido actually gets up to join in singing (if you can call it that) on one of the musical numbers... uh.... hmm, maybe that sentence is a 'nuff said.

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Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge (Japan, 1972) Dailymotion online - 3.5/5
Maybe a little less stylish than some of director Norfumi Suzuki’s other work I’ve seen, but this early Sukeban genre movie moves along at a quick pace - Reiko Ike’s gang gets into it with a rival gang led by the pretty Chiyoko Kazama, all the while dealing with ways to make money and dealing with the local Yakuza gang that wants to control them. Miki Sugimoto plays a lesser role here, not yet the star she’d become, though memorable in this for getting held down by the rival gang as they spray Coca-Cola up her cootchie and then try and make her lick it up - AND getting the Japanese boob rope torture later on... Reiko, in one of the gang’s more interesting scams has a bathtub scene with some perfectly placed bubbles. It has some harsh and violent torture scenes, intermixed with some humor, leading to a final confrontation.. there are better examples of the greatness of this genre, but the stars of the movie, along with quality direction, make it a fun watch.

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: 701’s Grudge Song (Japan, 1973) Amazon Prime - 3/5
The studio kept cutting back the budget, so Meiko Kaji quit the series after this movie, and even though it’s considered the weakest of the films, it still has it’s moments.
On the run, Nami (Meiko) gets injured by the police trying to recapture her. A guy who runs the lights and sound in a strip club, finds her injured and helps nurse her back to health. He has a history with the police as well and him and Nami bond and actually have sex! The first half of the movie is a bit slow at times, but once she's recaptured and back in the prison, things pick up leading to what you'd expect.
Meiko's character actually talks during a visit with another death row inmate, and that’s pretty much the extent of her dialogue, except for a classic line at the very end. Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter), who provides some memorable visuals, it’s still worth seeing, if for nothing more than just Meiko’s one last go at the character.
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Amai Wana aka Sweet Trap (Japan, 1963) YouTube - 3.5/5
Director Kôji Wakamatsu's first film is available on Youtube for free and it's worth checking out. Many of the themes that reoccur throughout his career are on display here, and the black and white film is stylish in it's simplicity.
The pretty Reiko Gosho (those lips!) in her only imdb listed appearance, plays a young lady who just wants her boyfriend to wait for sex, despite his objections and seemingly everyone else doing it. Enter yakuza pimp Gorô Mutsumi, who with the help of his already abused working girl Tamaki Katori (the well known pink film actress in an early role), gets the young virgin drunk, rapes her, and then makes her available for sale to others.
In Japanese with no subtitles, it's difficult to tell if the dialogue is sometimes as stiff as it seems, but all three main characters are perfect in their EXPRESSIVE reactions... the submissive hurt from abuse, the evil manipulation, the horror... this is some pretty solid stuff...
The ending is marvelous, and even though this isn't arty in it's form per se, it's sad and lurid in a way that you just can't help but watch.
A quick 54 minutes in Black and White.
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HungFist wrote:Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (座頭市地獄旅) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 4/5
Part 12. Zatoichi films are similar to ninkyo yakuza films in the sense that their quality doesn't come so down so much to originality as to how beautifully they recite the usual formula. In Zatoichi films the basic patter is that of a road movie, with much emphasis on Zatoichi's interaction with the people he meets. This one is one of the best films in the series. The film's asset is Mikio Narita as a psychotic yet friendship seeking swordsman and chess master who becomes Zatoichi's travel companion to treat his own loneliness and desire for intellectual challenge. Throughout the film they walk a fine line between friendship and death. The film is beautifully directed by Kenji Misumi, with a fine balance between interesting characterization and fast moving action. There's also a very funny gambling scene played to the perfection.
Couldn't agree more with this, it's definitely in the top5 when it comes to the Zatoichi series and for my money it features Katsu's best performance as the titular masseuse.

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Shingster wrote:Couldn't agree more with this, it's definitely in the top5 when it comes to the Zatoichi series and for my money it features Katsu's best performance as the titular masseuse.
Which ones would you consider the best films in the series? How about the worst?

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit but I'm seeing many of these for the 1st time. I saw a half dozen of them back in the dvd days, then a few more in 35mm, and a small bunch from BD, prior to this year when I finally got an urge to explore the rest of the (Criterion) set.

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Zatoichi's Vengeance (座頭市の歌が聞える) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 3.5/5
Part 13. It's not where you go, it's who you meet along the way. This routinely plotted (small town terrorized by an evil gang) but otherwise well written entry is vitalized by a set of excellent supporting characters. Zatoichi crosses paths with a good hearted prostitute, a samurai willing to risk his life for money, and a blind monk who forces Zatoichi to consider his actions from a moral perspective. Although the latter aspect is not developed as far as one would wish, it adds some depth to the exceptionally well choreographed fight fest. The film also sees Zatoichi momentarily grab a katana (as opposed to his usual cane sword) which translates to different, more traditional fighting style.

Showa Woman Gambler (昭和おんな博徒) (Japan, 1972) [DVD] - 4.5/5
A superb ninkyo yakuza film by Tai Kato, who best known for his minimalist style. This film, however, is more dramatic, an emotionally draining tale of a suicidal woman (Kyoko Enami) saved by a decent yakuza (Hiroki Matsukata) who is named as a successor for a dying gang boss. The man's yakuza brother (Fumio Watanabe) doesn't take this well and teams up with other gangsters to hire an assassin, who is an honourable man nursing his wife, to take care of things. Normally, this would suffice for an entire storyline in a ninkyo film, but here it only accounts for the first half. There are several brilliant scenes, such as the one where Enami, wishing to degrade herself in order to be accepted as a wife by yakuza Matsukata, begs an old tattoo master to tattoo her back. The whole cast is terrific, including several actors cast against type (regular Toei slime bags Tatsuo Endo and Akira Shioji as benevolent gangsters) but it's Enami who shines the brightest. Her slow, torturous transform into a yakuza gambler brings tears even to a jaded yakuza film viewer's eyes.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 09 Nov 2017, 13:41

School of the Holy Beast (Japan, 1974) Website - 4/5
Director Norifumi Suzuki is impressive in this exploitation movie that is beautifully shot and put together. This isn’t a jerk-off movie, this is a director who is making a FILM. Sure, it has T&A, plenty of it; and the story IS pure exploitation, but it’s done with such a talented eye for detail, story telling and symbolism, that once you start watching it, you just can’t help but get caught up in the story, as simplistic as it is. You may have shown up for the tits, but Suzuki’s craftsmanship lures you into the whole movie.
Yumi Takigawa joins the convent to find out what happened to her mom. She should’ve known from the naked initiation ceremony, that something was amiss here! And it is… torture, rape, lesbianism… these nuns have put together the most dysfunctional convent you could imagine. And Suzuki turns it into an creative indictment of religion.
I wonder if Suzuki originally had Miki Sugimoto in mind for this role and she turned it down - being early 1974 when she was at the end of her exploitation queen run - and Yumi Takigawa was chosen (in only her second movie) for the slight resemblance she has to her...
If only these genre movies could all be as well made as this....

They'd of course make some changes to this poster art for the U.S.!
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I noticed this similar framing of Takigawa for when she joins the school...
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and when she is punished leading into the finale...
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Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unread post by HungFist » 09 Nov 2017, 14:14

chazgower01 wrote: I wonder if Suzuki originally had Miki Sugimoto in mind for this role and she turned it down - being early 1974 when she was at the end of her exploitation queen run - and Yumi Takigawa was chosen (in only her second movie) for the slight resemblance she has to her...
Her 1st movie, actually. According to JP wikipedia, she was scouted by Norifumi Suzuki in front of Tokyo Station while she was still a university student looking for a part time job...

I think Takigawa was really good in School of the Holy Beast. The role suited her well. She faired much worse in New Female Prisoner Scorpion (1976) where she just didn't have the charisma required by the role.

But that's an interesting idea about her resemblance to Sugimoto. And glad to hear you enjoyed the film.

Though it must be coincidental, it's interesting to see how much the film visually resembles Argento's Suspiria (1977) in places.

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Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unread post by chazgower01 » 10 Nov 2017, 04:25

HungFist wrote: Her 1st movie, actually...
I have a lazy habit at times of using imdb.com for Japanese movies, despite the fact that I know they aren't as on target with their information (They list Ninkyô hana ichirin aka Chivalry of One Lone Flower with Tatsuya Fuji as her first movie).
For Chinese films I use hkmdb.com, which is great.... is there a good site for Japanese film information that's comparable to these?

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