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Tokugawa onna keibatsu-shi (1968)

The Joy of Torture is an anthology that is made up three separate stories that all intersect: The first segment is about Shinza who was hurt while working when a log hit him on the head and... See full summary »

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A tragic love story involving the 5th Shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty and a woman who became one of his concubines.

Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Masako Arisawa, Kemi Ichiboshi, Mari Iwai
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Teruo Yoshida ...
Shinzô / Yoshioka (plays two parts)
Masumi Tachibana ...
Mitsu
Fumio Watanabe ...
Ichinoshin Nanbara
Reiko Mikasa ...
Hana
Miki Obana ...
Myôshin - Nun
Yukie Kagawa ...
Reihô
Shin'ichirô Hayashi ...
Syunkai
Asao Koike ...
Horichô
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Minosuke
Tamaki Sawa ...
Kimichô - Geisha Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mie Hanabusa ...
Sonei
Keiko Kojima ...
Ikue
Yûko Minakaze ...
Japanese restaurant Madam
Ryôta Minowada ...
Kanta
Kinji Nakamura ...
Awajinokami Yamano
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The Joy of Torture is an anthology that is made up three separate stories that all intersect: The first segment is about Shinza who was hurt while working when a log hit him on the head and now sister Mitsu is forced give herself to her brothers boss Mr. Mino in order to help pay for Shinza's doctors bills. The second segment is about the arrival of mother Reiho and her servant Rintoku at the Jukuin monastery. The monastery is located new to e temple inhabited by priest and one day when one of them named Shunkei runs by Reiho he arouses something inside of her. The final segment is about a tattoo artist named Horicho who has just given Kimicho his greatest tattoo to date. While showing his work off to a group of people, a man named Lord Nambera walks by mocking the tattoo and it lack of realism. Written by lament

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28 September 1968 (Japan)  »

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Punishment of the Tokugawa Women  »

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Followed by Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei (1976) See more »

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Classy mean streaked oldie Japanese torture film
6 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Teruo Ishii may never be regarded in the same exalted terms as fellow Japanese cult heroes like Norifumi Suzuki or Koji Wakamatsu (though to be fair much of his work remains pretty rare), but he was certainly no slouch, a solid and stylish contributor to many genres. The Joy of Torture is probably the best I've seen from him so far, the start of his eight strong ero guro series. An anthology film indicting Edo era savagery, while not especially graphic its a classy and even moving work with some memorable scenes.

The first story is the weakest of the three, seeing a woman driven to desperation and aberrant love by her injured brother. Interesting enough but little developed, it's a set up that would have benefited from a full length treatment or at least greater levels of emotional intensity, high melodrama should have been the style but its actually relatively subdued. Still good stuff though and its theme of love binding characters to their doom leads nicely into the next story, a tale of nuns driven wild with lust for a neighboring monk. This one really ups the ante, with escalating hysteria mounting into interesting torture scenes and bloodshed, including a hilarious use of loaches. The best is saved till last though, a dedicated tattoo artist seeks to create his finest work by watching the torture of Christian missionaries. This segment combines interesting obsession with the most protracted torture scenes of the film, lots of beating, wheeling, burning and so forth of a multitude of screaming semi naked ladies to unsettling yet undeniably erotic effect. Plus the close is (relatively speaking) pretty upbeat. So its a decent mix, but at the same time somewhat flawed. Some inconsistencies nag, most notably the aforementioned slightly flat opening story. The film is thematically inconsistent too, flitting from the tragedy of love to the mania of excess to the excess of torture, taking in the harshness of social strictures, cruelty of individuals and passion of torture along the way. Although the stories are united by recurring torturer Nambara and his (relatively) nice guy assistant, there's a slightly scattershot feel to the general critique that detracts from the overall effect. The social justification is a tad cheesy as well, which wouldn't be a bad thing but the film is exploitative enough to seem hypocritical while not exploitative enough to be hilarious in having higher pretensions. There isn't much gore either, but then its still fairly strong for its time. Altogether still a very worthy film, nudity, nastiness, solid plotting and beautiful cinematography, definitely worth a watch for vintage Japanese exploitation fans.


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