Plot Outline: The Yakuza brutally rape a young woman and dope her up on “Angel Rain”, a pure form of cocaine with the intention of selling her into slavery. Before the Yakuza’s nefarious plot materializes, the woman escapes only to commit suicide in front of a psychiatrist who swears to revenge her death. Unfortunately, for the psychiatrist, the Yakuza discover the plot and brutally rape and kill the psychiatrist—or so they thought. The psychiatrist comes back to life as a large demon with a monster penis hellbent to enact a bloody revenge.
The Review: This is one of those movies, horror fans will either love or hate. If you want something scary, look elsewhere. If you want good special effects, definitely look elsewhere. If you want a completely screwed up and very poorly made exploitation film, then this is the movie for you. The special effects are absolutely horrendous—to the point where they are downright hilarious. For example, when the young woman commits suicide by jumping off a building, the camera cuts to a watermelon splattering on the ground instead of the woman’s body—as if the audience couldn’t tell the difference. I laughed so hard I nearly cried. There’s a head crushing scene later on in the film that is almost as badly done. And the list goes on and on. There are also several rather lengthy rape scenes as well as one quasi-consensual scene involving sex for drugs. The rape scenes are quite graphic, bloody, realistic and of course, very disturbing. The realistic rape scenes starkly contrast with the shoddy special effects. I’m not sure how long the rape scenes last, but it seems like they take up almost half the movie. They really do feel that long. It’s truly sickening.
Now, I couldn’t write this review without discussing the “penis monster” in detail. Basically, it looks like a fleshless man with a rather large penis with teeth. The penis monster is only in the last few minutes of the film, but the picture’s finest moment is when the penis monster has sex with a Yakuza girl and then explodes out her chest. Other than that, the penis monster might as well not have a penis because he doesn’t really use it in any other scene. Overall, the film is fairly gory, but as I said, most of the gore is very unconvincing. However, there is one scene where the Yakuza literally hack up a turncoat to pieces that was done quite well. Therefore, it makes me believe that the director could have made the special effects much better, but just didn’t care (or he ran out of money). Whatever the case, there are a few decently produced scenes in between the junk.
Believe it or not, but the acting was tolerable. It certainly could have been a lot worse. The directing, on the other hand, left something to be desired. There were a few scenes that left me asking what the hell is going on—especially when the psychiatrist decides to avenge the young woman’s death. Maybe something got lost in the translation (the film is in Japanese with English subtitles); however, this really seemed to make absolutely no sense. This strange woman comes into the hospital and this psychiatrist (who doesn’t even know the woman personally) sees her commit suicide and now all of a sudden wants to single handedly take on the Yakuza. That makes less sense than the penis monster. Then there’s a scene where the psychiatrist hypnotizes a Yakuza to kill the rest of his gang. This harebrained scheme goes about as well as you can imagine. The hypnotized Yakuza gets the living tar beaten out of him before getting hacked to pieces with large knives and the psychiatrist gets caught by the Yakuza.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked this film, for what it’s supposed to be—something you mock and ridicule with your friends. This certainly isn’t high-class cinema. It’s splatter-filled Asian cult exploitation horror. This is one of those movies that you will know whether or not you’ll like ahead of time based on your movie-going preferences. There are no surprises here. I mean, c’mon there’s a penis monster in the film for Christsakes.