Gisaburo was always in the way of Toyoji and Seki, but murder wasn't an option until Toyoji decided to restrain Seki and shave her. Of course, Gisaburo would eventually see Seki's smoothness and know that she's been with another man. And that just won't do. The interesting thing isn't that the two commit the murder together, but that Toyoji's single, selfish desire of the flesh motivates it. When he's with Seki, he's only concerned with dominating her submissiveness. His lustful passion blinds him to the consequences of his actions. And the trouble for the two lovers, and the film alike, begins with Gisaburo's death.
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Award-winning photojournalist Yuji Nishizaki (Takao Osawa) has finally seen enough war and has retreated to the Japanese Alps to shoot nature instead. Recently widowed and feeling guilty about his inattention to his dying wife, he's also abandoned his young son Yu (Hiroki Sahara) to the care of his sister-in-law Keiko (Yuko Takeuchi), a muckraking journalist herself.
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Two go-nowhere factory workers are content to make moist towelettes by day, sit around their apartment by night. One fellow is slowly acclimating a jellyfish from salt water to fresh. That's the extent of the excitement.
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With a name like Bloody Territories you may expect a Miike-styled splatterfest, with blood squirting as if from a fire hose and yakuza slip-sliding in the stuff around Tokyo. But back in 1969, when Bloody Territories was made, no one went that far, not even Yasuharu Hasebe, a pioneer in the genre.
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Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (other installments include Wild Jumbo and Machine Animal) gives us a gaggle of teen schoolgirls who maraud the streets of the city. With no particular plot direction, they find themselves in all sorts of scrapes (Are we supposed to be rooting for them? No idea) -- from mugging rubes to a memorable molotov cocktail attack on their rivals.
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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.