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In the Realm of the Senses (1972)

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I’d probably have to call this one an example of hardcore arthouse erotica. You might call it a stick film with subtitles. Whatever we call it, it’s a challenging film with an awful lot of sex. An awful lot. The frequency of the sex gives rise to serious questions about abrasion and probably exhaustion. Sex sex sex sex sex, lashings of it. Phwoooar.

Now that the obligatory sleazy response is done with, I can get on with a more measured … (read more)

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Bright Future (2003)

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Everyone needs a goal in life, and that of Mamoru (played by the very tasty Asano Tadanobu) is to adapt his red medusa jellyfish to fresh water and set it free. A lovely goal, except for the fact that the things are highly poisonous, and he wants to liberate his in the waterways of Tokyo.

But despite what the director says, this is not a monster film. There are no giant red jellyfish lurching out of the canals to menace … (read more)

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