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As the Japanese See It: Past and Present by Michiko Y. Aoki, Margaret B. Dardess

By Michiko Y. Aoki, Margaret B. Dardess

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Especially characteristic in the first one is the scene where the beautiful Yoko Mihara is tortured in an unde rground cave. in a plot about an undead who becomes a vampire by the light of the moon. The second film is unclassifiable and crazy. and is a cult film today. Its salacious story consists of two pans: Eri Ashikawa's crucifixion in Shojo geba-geba I Violent Virgin (1969) by Koji Wakamatsu. the second takes place in the hell of the Buddhist religion, which assigns each sinne r to a different section with its corresponding tortures.

Hment stance. expre"cd hy ridiculing the police and Yumiko Nogawa in Nikutai no mon I Gate of Flesh (1964). government. and coinciding wi th student agitatio n. disappears almost completely wben Adachi leaves Japan in 1973 for an unknown destination. Shortly before. Adachi and Wakamatsu had directed a documentary togethe r. Sekigun-PFLP Sekai senso sen~:en I Japanese Red Army-PFLP Declararion of IVar ( 197 1), about the extreme left terrorist group "Japanese Red Army". Today Adachi is in jail. He was imprisoned upon returning to J apan from the Middle East along with severaJ members of, preci~ely, the Japanese Red Army.

In light of this critical situation. Shintoho takes a decision that changes its brief history completely: nanling Mitsugi Okura as president in December 1955. Born in 1899. Okura starts out working a~ a benshi, or narrator of silent films in the theatres. Later. he becomes owner of a chain of cinemas. so be knows the audience first hand. While still in Shintoho. he plans an unprecedented. even aggressive strategy: offering audiences what they want, but can't get from the majors for moral reasons; that is violence.

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