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Blind Beast (1969)

Môjû (original title)
A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model.

Director:

Yasuzô Masumura

Writers:

Rampo Edogawa (story), Yoshio Shirasaka
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eiji Funakoshi ... Michio / sculpter
Mako Midori Mako Midori ... Aki / Model
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Michio's Mother
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Storyline

A blind sculpter kidnaps a beautiful young model and takes her back to his home. He and his mother live in a warehouse that he has turned into a surreal tribute to the senses. It is filled with huge sculptures of body parts and the female form. He is obsessed with exploring the senses to the fullest. At first, the model only wants to escape from this bizarre scene, but eventually she succumbs to his strange vision and even surpasses his obsession. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Daieicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Noriko Sengoku plays Eiji Funakoshi's mother in the movie. In real life she was just 1 year older than him. See more »

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Blind Beast (1969)
12 May 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

Director Yasuzo Masumura's colorful career saw a bunch of genres, and from time to time he also dipped his toe into the pinku genre. Blind Beast, many years later gifted with a crossover with Dwarf Killer by Teruo Ishii, belongs to the ero-guro (erotic grotesque) subgenre of films which were inspired by the literary current of famed Japanese mystery writer Rampo Edogawa, who saw his influence in Poe. In fact, Blind Beast is an adaptation of Edogawa's homonymous book.

The film has only three characters; a psychotic blind sculptor obsessed with physical touch, his semi-approving mother and a model they kidnap to make her his muse. It's a slow descent into utter sadomasochistic depravity, crossed with Oedipal Complex and Stockholm Syndrome. But it's not really a serious character study. In true ero-guro fashion, the story is absurd and the characters' actions are at turns totally bonkers. The film culminates in an absolutely insane bondage routine which has to be seen to be believed. There is little to no blood shown, but it's still highly disturbing. It ends somewhat on a cautionary note, as if the movie is trying to explore the darkest possible side of obsession and addiction to sexuality.

One thing you may find odd is that there is almost no nudity. This seems really out of place in the final 20 minutes, but still, you have to understand the limitations of light pinku films. Another thing I found to be really strange is the beginning which shows the sculptor fondling a statue of the model and thus giving her phantom caresses, voodoo- style. This strange ability of his is never mentioned again, aside maybe from the very final scene, but it's still unclear how it fits into the initial scene, or if it does fit at all.

The music is mostly composed of creepy ambiental sounds and a cool short jingle which plays 2-3 times, but the sets are another thing. This movie has one of the craziest sets I've ever seen. A claustrophobic warehouse with free-form artificial lighting. This hideout of the titular character has two huge sculptures of naked female bodies in the middle of the main room, and giant body parts made out of clay hanging on walls (eyes, noses, arms, boobs, legs...). It's pretty crazy. I wonder what went through the heads of those who were in charge of producing these setpieces.


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