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Noisy Requiem (1988)

Tsuitô no zawameki (original title)
In the slums of Osaka, various marginalized misfits have their own interpretations of love. Completely alienated from the outside world, they commit sexual perversions, violence and cannibalism.

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Toshihiko Hino
Simon Kumai ...
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Yukiko Murata
Mamiko Nakai
Dan Oosuga
Kazuhiro Sano
Akane Shirafuji
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In the slums of Osaka, various marginalized misfits have their own interpretations of love. Completely alienated from the outside world, they commit sexual perversions, violence and cannibalism.

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Noisy Requiem (1988)
15 November 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Noisy Requiem is the most well-known movie of the few directed by underground director Yoshihiko Matsui, who showed the script of this film to his friend, director Shuji Terayama, who said that if it were ever to be made into a film, it would evoke scandal. Terayama died before Matsui made the film, which took five years to make (it's even dedicated to a crew member who died before it was finished).

This film takes place in the slum-like, poverty and insanity-ridden streets of Osaka filled with marginalized outcasts whose sexual perversions and shocking understandings of love are presented on screen. It's an uncompromising and shocking look at alienation which mixes the dirty industrial setting with an ethereal, melancholic mood. The filthy B&W scheme is contrasted by the lovely soundtrack, mirroring the comparisons of love and violence between the film's characters.

This is a very shocking, violent and transgressive film, but more often than not it tries too hard to be provocative and the violent scenes seem too forced (Matsui is hardcore, though, that rooftop was actually set on fire!). Also, the film's insufferably long runtime just drags on and on, with loads of unimportant scenes to give it an "epic" feel, leading to nowhere. It's a very sad and frightening film, but it's too raw and wanders around too much.


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