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School of the Holy Beast (1974)

Seijû gakuen (original title)
In order to investigate her mother's strange death, a woman enters a sacred convent run by hypocritical, perverse nuns.

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Yumi Takigawa ...
Maya Takigawa
Emiko Yamauchi ...
Matsuko Ishida
Yayoi Watanabe ...
Hisako Kitano
Ryouko Ima ...
Natarii Guriin (Natalie Green)
Harumi Tajima ...
Tamao Oka
Natsuko Yashiro ...
Kaoru Onotsuka (as Yûko Oribe)
Marie Antoinette ...
Janetto (Janet)
Emi Jô ...
Youko Watanabe (as Emi Shiro)
Rie Saotome ...
Emi Takanami
Sanae Ôhori ...
Mie Mitsuko
Kyouko Negishi ...
Michiko Shinohara
Yumi Kimura ...
Keiko Kitano
Yôko Mihara ...
Sadako Matsumara
Akiko Mori ...
Aya Ogasahara
Fumio Watanabe ...
Priest Kakinuma
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After the mysterious death of her mother, a young woman chooses to enter a convent to find out what happened. As soon as the door closes to the nunnery, the nuns start torturing the woman. Also, the woman has to deal with a God-hating archbishop and a lesbian mother superior. Written by Anonymous

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Wonderful Japanese nunsploitation flick.
16 March 2006 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

When a young woman named Maya(Yumi Takigawa)decides to investigate her mother's death by entering a convent school,she discovers a horrific den of pleasure and sadomasochistic activities.Encounters with a randy archbishop and a lesbian mother superior lead to episodes of torture,which include the poor girl being bound topless by thorny vines and beaten with long-stemmed roses.Norifumi Suzuki's "School of the Holy Beast" is a chock full of sleaze,violence and blasphemy.Still the film is visually stunning and the use of colors is execellent.The script pulls no punches in criticizing the hypocrisy of the Catholic church.The story is interesting,the nudity is expicit and there is plenty of symbolism.Overall,I enjoyed this film very much and you should too,if you are a fan of sleazy nunsploitation sub-genre.9 out of 10.


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