Shintoho Mindwarp: FLESH PIER
|Starring||Yoko Mihara, Hiroshi Asami, Seiji Hara|
SHINTOHO MINDWARP: GIRLS, GUNS & GHOSTS FROM THE SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF JAPANESE CINEMA
Born of the fires of dissidence in 1949, always teetering on the verge of greatness and the brink of disaster, Japan’s Shintoho studios specialized in making horror, noir, and risqué oddities. Though they produced works by masters like Kurosawa and Ozu, they are most well known for their exploitation fare. Condemned as cheap, disposable trash at the time, these films proved massively influential and revolutionized Japanese genre movies, populating them with bizarre ghouls and ghosts, rebellious teenagers, vampires, gangsters, and curvy girls in bikinis. The company went bankrupt in 1961, and few of their films have been seen in the West—until now. Join us for the Texas premiere of these eight newly-remastered hidden gems and experience the glory days of Japanese exploitation cinema.
Another world of illicit pleasures lies beneath the glittering neon surface of Tokyo. An undercover cop investigates a call-girl ring operating out of a Ginza nightclub, where he is surprised to discover the boss's moll is his long-lost love. This twisty story of evasions and betrayals is set in Japan's sex industry, in the back streets of Akasaka, Ginza, and Shinjuku, in a semi-documentary style with an unblinking recognition of its sordidness, together with a winking acknowledgment of its pleasures. This double-jointed approach became a trademark of director Teruo Ishii (FEMALE YAKUZA TALE, HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN, BOHACHI BUSHIDO)
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