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DVD Review: Akio Jissoji’s Prosperities Of Vice

6 August 2009 12:02 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

After Nikkatsu killed off roman poruno, the studio came back with a softer line of movies under the rubric of Ropponica. One of the early titles in the series was Akio Jissoji’s Marquis De Sade’s Prosperities of Vice, which was released in 1988. As is evident from Mondo Macabro’s new English-subtitled DVD, Prosperities of Vice is a visually arresting film that maintains an artful edge while avoiding the rough bloodymindedness that characterized late-era roman poruno.

In the film, a decadent count in 1920s Japan becomes obsessed with the Marquis de Sade. He creates a theater to stage adaptations of de Sade’s works, including Justine and Juliette, using ex-criminals as actors. The count lures one of the actors into a private fantasy involving his wife, which leads to real-life treachery that mirrors de Sade’s fictional works.


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