Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sex and Fury (1973)

As a child Ochô Inoshika witnesses her father, who’s a detective, being murdered by three assailants. Twenty years later Ochô’s past catches up with her when she saves a young man who is being chased after a failed assassination attempt on a Yakuza boss. In the gambling house where she works, she witnesses the execution of one of the gamblers who was caught cheating. While alone with her, in his dieing moments, he asks her to go to one of the other cities to free his sister from indentured labor in a brothel. After arriving in the city and meeting up with the young girl, she comes into contact with the young assassin, two British spies, the Yakusa boss and his wife, and the indentured girl’s boss. As the movie progresses it become clear that all these people have something in common, leading to an explosive finally.

Sex and Fury is Japanese pink film, which features beautiful camera and picture compositions, and is directed by Ochô Inoshika, who is a prolific director within this genre. One stand out scene is where a gang of attackers attack Ochoa whilst she’s stark naked and how she fights back. This one scene is an excellent example of delirious cinema. Beautifully shot in slow motion, Ochô, using a Samurai sword, slices her way through her opponents as snow flakes fall around her. This scene was more or less recreated in Quentin Tarrantino’s Kill Bill. The final fight scene is also impressive in its own way, and the use of cheesy library music or seventies rock should sound out of place in a film set in 1905, but in some way adds to the uniqueness of the whole experience.

One scene though, which translates badly to western tastes, is the one comedy scene where a male student, who’s a friend of the girls, falls onto his behind and then panics because he believes it may be damaged. To check that it is still working, he farts into his hand and then sniffs his hand, and is relieved to find it's still okay.

Being a pink movie, there’s plenty of bare female flesh, including one interesting murder where the heroine uses her naked body covered in poison.

All in all, this is a great revenge movie and a worthy addition to any pink collection.

This movie has been released by Panik House Entertainment.

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