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Monzo Kobayashi is a dime-novel writer. He goes to see the stage of Ranko Mizuki, a star of an all-girls'-operetta company known as Asakusa Revue. Monzo notices a creepy man sitting beside him who keeps his head slumped down and does not even look up when Ranko appears on stage. On the way home from the theater, Monzo encounters another creepy situation. A dwarf (inch-high samurai) with a child-sized body and a grown-up's head passes right by him and is carrying a woman's arm that has been sliced off from the shoulder. Being a writer, this strangely enhances his interest of this dwarf and he begins an investigation about dwarfs. At the same time, his old friend Yurie visits him. Monzo secretly has a crush on her but knows that she is married to some one else. Yurie asks Monzo to introduce her to his friend, the detective, Kogoro Akechi. Monzo agrees to this and takes her to Akechi's apartment. When Akechi tells them about his current investigation, Monzo surprisingly finds out that ... Written by
I don't think this is quite as bad as some make out but compared to the original Blind Beast (1969) directed by Yasuzo Masumura this does seem somewhat crass. All the obsession, all the emotion and scary believability of the original is missing here. The whole 'tortured artist' theme is missing and the masseuse excuse at the start of the earlier film is brought in late in this one for exploitative reasons. Nevertheless, this is not without any value even if the 'shot on video' look can be dismaying. There is a large cast (of mixed acting ability!) and much more flesh on display here. I like the private detective (until his laboured and wretched denouement!) and there is some charm to the internal domestic detail and wonderful outdoor autumnal trees. Scraping the barrel a bit here though so lets just say interesting to compare and contrast with Masumura's very fine piece of cinema.
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