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Takashi Ishii (manga series Tenshi no harawata)
Takashi Ishii (screenplay)
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7 May 1988 (Japan) See more »
Angel Guts: Red Vertigo (Aka Red Dizziness)
 (From LateFilmFull. 25 February 2009, 2:22 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)
Mayako Katsuragi ... Nami Tsuchiya

Naoto Takenaka ... Tetsuro Muraki
Hirofumi Kobayashi ... Kenji Ohta
Jun Izumi ... Ayumi
Kazuyo Ezaki ... Nogawa
Akira Otaka ... Mine
Akira Emoto ... Yakuza
Saeko Kizuki ... Yakuza's lover
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuuho Yamauchi

Directed by
Takashi Ishii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takashi Ishii  manga series Tenshi no harawata
Takashi Ishii  screenplay

Produced by
Yoshiyuki Kaino .... producer
Naoya Narita .... producer
Takashi Sakuda .... planner
Cinematography by
Yasushi Sasakibara 
Film Editing by
Akimasa Kawashima 
Production Design by
Terumi Hosoishi 
Art Direction by
Terumi Hosoishi 
Makeup Department
Mayumi Shoji .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sadaaki Haginiwa .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yoshirô Sakawa .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Kanazawa .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Tenshi no harawata: Akai memai" - Japan (original title)
"Angel Guts 5" - International (English title) (series title)
"Angel Guts: Red Vertigo" - USA (DVD title)
"Red Vertigo" - Japan (English title) (DVD box title)
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Japan:74 min

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Violent, erotic and courageous, 1 May 2005
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

Passionately directed fifth installment, ANGEL GUTS: RED VERTIGO (aka RED DIZZINESS), possesses the Takashi Ishii edge and is a solid exhibit of the talent for provocative imagery that this fine director also brought to GONIN and FREEZE ME.

Nami, a dreamy nurse (Mayako Katsuragi), is raped, cheated on by her photographer boyfriend, struck by a car and molested by the driver (Naoto Takenaka), a pathetic loser who is on the run from businessmen he ripped off. This unlikely duo discover a twisted shade of love.

It's the director who makes or breaks these films because the plots are merely serviceable. Though some critics consider the eroticizing of sexual violence in cinema questionable, I am not one of them. Sex and violence are strong cinematic staples and hold a power that only a courageous filmmaker can adequately convey.

In every scene, Ishii tries hard. He never retreats to bland, conventional coverage and extracts maximum erotic potential from the sexually charged scenarios. Ms. Katsuragi delivers a strong, believable performance as the unfortunate victim of male lust and opportunism. She conveys vulnerability and strength and suggests that she lives a life beyond the film's immediate framing.

An early scene, in which Nami's boyfriend takes erotic photographs of his mistress, which uses stark lighting and harsh sound effects, radiates an anarchic, raw sexuality.

This is solid, sensual, exciting cinema.

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