Shintoho Mindwarp: YELLOW LINE
|Starring||Yoko Mihara, Yoji Naruto, Sosuke Kuni|
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.
An exotic dancer is kidnapped by a killer on the run. When her newspaper reporter boyfriend finds her missing, he starts a search that leads him to Kobe and its teeming foreign “kasbah.” In this film, more than any other in his Shintoho period, director Teruo Ishii was able to create his own unique atmosphere, somewhere on the borderland between dream and reality, where the forbidden and unlawful thrill and threaten in equal measure.
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