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Eros + Massacre (1969)

Erosu purasu gyakusatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 14 March 1970 (Japan)
Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

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Yoshishige Yoshida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Noe Ito
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Sakae Osugi
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Itsuko Masaoka
Kazuko Inano Kazuko Inano ... Akiko Hiraga
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Jun Tsuji
Daijirô Harada Daijirô Harada ... Wada
Toshiko Ii Toshiko Ii ... Eiko Sokutai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshihide Gotô Yoshihide Gotô
Toshiko Inoue Toshiko Inoue
Kikuo Kaneuchi Kikuo Kaneuchi
Kyûzô Kawabe Kyûzô Kawabe
Katsuya Kobayashi Katsuya Kobayashi
Kazuko Kui Kazuko Kui
Kinji Matsueda Kinji Matsueda
Kazunori Miyazaki Kazunori Miyazaki
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Storyline

In the 1920s, the anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi is financially supported by his wife, journalist Itsuko Masaoka. He spends his time doing nothing but philosophizing about political systems and free love and visiting with his lovers Yasuko and the earlier feminist Noe Ito. He conveniently defends three principles for a relationship between a man and a woman: they should be financially independent (despite the fact that he is not); they should live in different places; and they should be free to have sex with other people. In 1969, twenty-year-old student, Eiko Sokuta is sexually active with various men. Her friend, Wada, is obsessed with fire and they usually play odd games using a camera while they read about Osugi and Ito. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 March 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Eros plus massacre See more »

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Production Co:

Gendai Eigasha, Bungakuza See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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2.35 : 1
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The first movie in Yoshishige Yoshida's unofficial trilogy on Japanese radicalism. The other two titles are Heroic Purgatory (1970) and Coup d'Etat (1973). See more »

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Opening Text: Drunk upon the happiness of decadence, this film is a dialogue with you and I, the ambiguous participants in the erotica and revolutions of Sakae Osugi and Noe Ito, whose lives were dedicated to the beauty of chaos.
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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Wonderful Cinematography and Framing, Unconventional Camera Angles and a Messy and Prolix Screenplay
19 June 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 20's, the anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi (Toshiyuki Hosokawa) is financially supported by his wife, the journalist Itsuko Masaoka (Yûko Kusunoki) and spends his time doing nothing but philosophizing about political systems and free love and shagging his lovers Yasuko (Masako Yagi) and the earlier feminist Noe Ito (Mariko Okada). He conveniently defends three principles for a relationship between a man and a woman: they should be financially independent (despite he is not); they should live in different places; and they should be free to have intercourse with other partners.

In the present days (1969), the slut twenty year-old student Eiko Sokuta has an active sexual life having sex with different men. She has a freak friend named Wada (Daijiro Harada) that is obsessed for fire and they usually play weird games using a camera while they read about Osugi and Ito.

"Erosu Purasu Gyakusatsu" a.k.a. "Eros Plus Massacre" has just been released in Brazil and I immediately bought this DVD for my collection. Unfortunately I can not understand the hype surrounding this film, and I was absolutely disappointed after watching it. The cinematography and framing are wonderful; the angles of the camera are unconventional; the acting is great; however the messy and prolix screenplay ruin the good aspects of this feature.

The cult director Yoshishige Yoshida is unable to use an adequate narrative for entwining two parallel stories, one of them based on a true story of a man and three women ahead of the time living a free love among them in times of repression, and an empty couple in the late 60's when the movement of free love is worldwide. Yoshida does not develop the background of the Japanese society in the 20's and limits to the repetitive situations of jealousy and despair of the women in love. After 210 minutes running time (the DVD has intermission), the boring and never-ending story is not totally clear for the viewer. This feature should have been edited and reduced of at least 120 minutes since the situations are very repetitive. Last but not the least, the actress that performs Eiko is very sexy and beautiful, but her name is not listed in IMDb. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Eros + Massacre"


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