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Takashi Ishii (manga series Tenshi no harawata)
Takashi Ishii (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 July 1979 (Japan) See more »
Angel Guts: Nami
 (From LateFilmFull. 25 February 2009, 2:11 AM, PST)

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Bold, courageous film making taken way beyond the edge.... See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Eri Kanuma ... Nami Tsuchiya
Takeo Chii ... Tetsuro Muraki
Mimi Sawaki ... Namiko (as Miiko Sawaki)
Miyako Yamaguchi ... Ran
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyôko Aoyama ... Miya
Masato Furuoya ... Man who attacked Ryoko
Rie Hayashi ... Yu Kozono
Ryoichi Kusanagi ... Mah-boh
Yûichi Minato ... Man who attacked Minako
Minako Mizushima ... Ryoko
Saburô Shôji ... Man who attacked Ryoko
Hiroshi Unayama ... Nakazawa

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

Produced by
Naoya Narita .... planner
Yoshihiro Yûki .... producer (as Yoshihiro Yuuki)
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Masaru Mori 
Film Editing by
Jun Nabeshima 
Production Design by
Yoshie Kikukawa 
Art Direction by
Yoshie Kikukawa 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toshiharu Ikeda .... assistant director
Sound Department
Osamu Inoue .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Shin Shinkawa .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Angel Guts: Nami" - USA (DVD title)
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Japan:98 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bold, courageous film making taken way beyond the edge...., 6 May 2005
Author: christopher-underwood from Greenwich - London

Just when you feel you may have, at last, some measure of Japanese cinema you find out that you do not even have the measure of this ultra extraordinary series - this being number three. Absolutely non stop and for almost a half of the time this means non stop rape sequences. Nami is investigating the consequences of rape by searching out the victims and interviewing them for her magazine. We see the enactment as she reads up on it and we see it again when the individual relates it and sometimes we see it again as Nami's fascination deepens and she begins to fantasise. For good measure we get a re-run of them all at the end as well. As well as all this the tone of the film, fairly routine at the very beginning, begins to take on a sultry sexiness, then a more stylised slant before tipping deliriously over the edge with wide scale scenes of madness, mayhem and more rape with bloody violence added in. As if it were not enough the Nami is gradually getting more sexually excited by these stories she is retelling but we discover that her new found boyfriend is estranged from his wife because she went off with her rapist! There are so many mixed messages in here I shall be interested to listen to the commentary track and also to see this incredible tour de force once more. But not for the moment, this is a very difficult and emotional ride and if I was not shaking afterwards I was certainly profoundly affected. Bold, courageous film making taken way beyond the edge and down through many murky, but not unexciting, levels of depravity.

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