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Watcher in the Attic

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 23 - 2013

Watcher in the Attic (1976)
Director: Noboru Tanaka
Writers: Edogawa Rampo (story) and Akio Ido
Starring: Junko Miyashita, Hiroshi Osa, and Renji Ishibashi

The Plot: In 1923 Tokyo, Lady Minako (Junko Miyashita) is the owner of a boarding house that receives numerous very strange tenants. Amongst the numerous characters floating in and out of the boarding house is Goda (Renji Ishibashi), a voyeur of the highest order. Goda hides away in the attic, watching everything that goes on through tiny holes in the ceiling. During one of Goda’s various evenings spent spying on Minako, he catches her in the process of committing murder. This leads to an unhealthy obsession for Goda and the remainder of the film shows him trying to impress Minako. What follows is a dark and disturbing tale of morbid infatuation that seems to spiral further and further down.

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Wife to Be Sacrificed

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 21 - 2013

Wife to Be Sacrificed (1974)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Yōzō Tanaka
Starring: Naomi Tani, Nagatoshi Sakamoto, and Terumi Azuma

The Plot: Makiko (Naomi Tani) is a middle-aged domesticated woman who has her world turned upside down when she runs into her estranged husband, Kunisada (Nagatoshi Sakamoto), who is sitting on the roadside watching a pre-pubescent girl urinate at the time of their re-acquaintance. It is inferred that he has kidnapped this little girl, and later the little girl turns up looking for Makiko because her “uncle” has disappeared. Makiko turns the girl over to the police and later the cops return to Makiko asking for information on Kunisada. It seems that Kunisada went missing three years ago after being arrested for sexual advances on a high school girl. The psychotic Kunisada isn’t done yet, though, as he follows Makiko one day and kidnaps the poor woman so that he can bring her to the mountains and perform numerous degrading sexual acts with her. Kunisada eventually brings another couple into his den of sexual horrors and the rest of the film will detail their attempts to survive.

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Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confession

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 18 - 2013

Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confessions (1976)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Toshiro Ashizawa
Starring: Runa Takamura, Kumi Taguchi, Roger Prince, and Aoi Nakajima

The Plot: Young Runa (Runa Takamura) is a nun who felt pushed into the monastery after her sister Kumi (Kumi Taguchi) stole her boyfriend. While Runa begins her new life as a nun, Kumi and the previously mentioned boyfriend immediately break off their relationship. For poor Runa, the life of peaceful worship that one expects of a nun turns out to be a nightmarish world of torture. The abbot at the monastery also happens to be a rather sadistic man who likes to get his jollies off with all of the fresh nuns, and poor Runa seems to be his main target. After being far away from home for a long period of time, Runa returns and approaches her sister with a large financial opportunity. However, this opportunity will only work for Kumi if she can team back up with Runa’s former lover. As the story begins to unfold, it becomes more apparent that Runa may be hiding a few tricks up her sleeve.

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Tattooed Flower Vase

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 14 - 2013

Tattooed Flower Vase (1976)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Kiyoharu Matsuoka
Starring: Naomi Tani, Takako Kitagawa, Shin Nakamaru, and Genshu Hanayagi

The Plot: Michiyo (Naomi Tani) is a widow who has recently welcomed her step daughter Takako (Shin Nakamaru) back into her home. Michiyo is a frustrated woman who has faced many sexual horrors within recent years, namely a rape from a familiar businessman who took advantage of her. This horrible scene was actually witnessed by Takako, who has also developed a very distant and strange relationship with Michiyo. Takako begins to settle down, but unfortunately she finds herself in a car accident with a young man named Hideo. Hideo also happens to be the son of the businessman who raped Michiyo in the past. Despite this, Takako begins a sexual relationship with Hideo. Things become even more complicated when it becomes apparent that Hideo also hopes to pursue a sexual relationship with Michiyo. What follows is an extraordinarily odd love triangle that takes some very unconventional turns.

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Female Prisoner: Caged!

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 3 - 2013

Female Prisoner: Caged! (1983)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Osamu Murakami
Starring: Mina Asami, Nami Matsukawa, Shigeru Muroi, and Ryoko Watanabe

The Plot: Masayo (Mina Asami) is a convict who continually tries to escape from prison. This has made her an idol to many of her other fellow convicts, but it has also made her the enemy of a ruthless girl gang who are under direct orders of the warden to persecute anyone that they deem unruly. The warden, along with her chief assistant guard, completely dominate this women’s prison with an iron fist, and they see Masayo as the leader of their rebellion. They do their best to try and set Masayo up, including an attempt to “feed” her to a group of savage rapists, but they can’t seem to get the best of this unruly woman. Will they manage to finally control Masayo by using external forces, or will Masayo ultimately prevail?

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