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Jokôsei: tenshi no harawata (1978)

Kawashima, Kajima, and Sadakuni spend their days riding motorcycles and terrorizing/raping young girls. Kawashima is overly protective of his little sister, Megu, who does not know about her brother's terrible activities.

Director:

Chûsei Sone

Writers:

Toshiharu Ikeda (screenplay), Takashi Ishii (manga series Tenshi no harawata) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Machiko Ohtani Machiko Ohtani ... Nami Tsuchiya
Sanshô Shinsui Sanshô Shinsui ... Tetsurô Kawashima (as Sanshô Shinsui)
Megu Kawashima Megu Kawashima ... Megu, Tetsurô's sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatsuma Higuchi Tatsuma Higuchi ... Sadakuni
Tsutomu Hori Tsutomu Hori ... Man in Foreign car (as Ben Hori)
Shin Kagayama Shin Kagayama ... The man who calls out to Meg
Kenji Kasai Kenji Kasai ... Kajima
Ken Kazama Ken Kazama ... Yakuza
Kazuyuki Komiya Kazuyuki Komiya ... Loan Shark's man B
Maya Kudô Maya Kudô ... Woman in Foreign car
Toshihiko Oda Toshihiko Oda ... Tsuchiya
Ryûsaku Shinsui Ryûsaku Shinsui ... Police Detective A
Yoshimasa Tôma Yoshimasa Tôma ... Loan Shark's man A
Tokuko Watanabe Tokuko Watanabe ... Natsue
Tomoko Yamanoue Tomoko Yamanoue ... Waitress in Bar

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Kawashima, Kajima, and Sadakuni spend their days riding motorcycles and terrorizing/raping young girls. Kawashima is overly protective of his little sister, Megu, who does not know about her brother's terrible activities.

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More than just exploitation...
26 March 2019 | by mnkyhvnSee all my reviews

Angel Guts - High School Co-ed (Japan, 1978) dir: Chûsei Sone

Kawashima and his two biker friends spend their time riding around and raping unsuspecting young girls. Much younger than them. His sister, Megu is coming of age, and men are starting to notice her. Ironically being overprotective he starts to feel conflicted. One day while out with his sister he saves a girl from his friend trying to rape her, which ends up leading to even more conflicted feelings. Has he fallen in love? What makes her different from the other rape victims he shares with his friend? Does he see his sister in this girl? Is he attracted to his sister? Is he distancing himself from his gang?

Director Chûsei Sone shoots this like the viewer is there, hanging out and observing, privy to the private conversations and shocking behavior. That makes it all that more realistic and difficult to look away from.

It's part of a series obviously meant to titillate and yet it goes to great lengths to show us the ugliness and the pain of the victim. Machiko Ohtani as Nami, the girl who the gang fights over, gives a pretty brave performance considering especially what she has to go through in here (and Megu Kawashima as well, as the sister). This is still an exploitation film, but it's been made as a well-crafted movie, with something more to show you than just bikers punks raping school girls. That's just an ugly world that happens to exist - we're thrust inside of it when it suddenly tries to gain a conscience.

The ending is unsatisfying, as a way to finish a story. It was summed up better when, late in the movie, Kawashima asks one of the victims "Who did this to you?" and she answers, "It doesn't matter who does it" as if in the end it's just a foregone conclusion in the world they live in.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 July 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel Guts: High School Coed See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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