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Beautiful Girl Hunter (1979)

Dabide no hoshi: Bishôjo-gari (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 27 October 1979 (Japan)
One dark and stormy night Genpei, a middle age prison escapee haphazardly breaks into the luxurious mansion of Yasuhisa and Tokie, a wealthy and privileged couple and rapes the young wife ... See full summary »

Director:

Norifumi Suzuki

Writers:

Atsushi Yamatoya (screenplay), Masaaki Satô (manga)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shun Domon Shun Domon ... Tatsuya
Natsuko Yashiro Natsuko Yashiro ... Jun / Singer
Asami Ogawa Asami Ogawa ... Kiyomi / Kidnapped girl
Hiromi Namino Hiromi Namino ... Yumiko / Takayuki's daughter
Rei Okamoto Rei Okamoto ... Saeko / Genpei's mistress
Yuka Asagiri Yuka Asagiri ... Machiko / Jun's assistant
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Yasuhisa / Tatsuya's stepfather
Shôhei Yamamoto Shôhei Yamamoto ... Genpei Hirukawa / Tatsuya's father
Nagatoshi Sakamoto Nagatoshi Sakamoto ... Mogi
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Sakuzô
Bin Moritsuka Bin Moritsuka ... Takayuki / Yasuhisa's friend
Akira Takahashi Akira Takahashi ... Old Detective with Hat
Yûko Asuka Yûko Asuka ... Tokie / Tatsuya's mother
Toshihiko Oda Toshihiko Oda ... Jun's Manager
Tatsuya Hamaguchi Tatsuya Hamaguchi ... Hotel Receptionist
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One dark and stormy night Genpei, a middle age prison escapee haphazardly breaks into the luxurious mansion of Yasuhisa and Tokie, a wealthy and privileged couple and rapes the young wife in front of her bound husband. A year later, the son, Tatsuya conceived by the rapist comes into the world. His mother commits suicide. At the age of sixteen, he studies Nazi atrocities in history class, and feels the awakening of his inner brutality. The time has come. He launches a journey to let off a long-held grudge against the abusive foster father and to seek out a reunion with his genetic dad. He lures out his real father through newspaper ads and invites him to the secret torture chamber in the basement of the house where he confines abducted girls. Their feast of lust and perversion has now begun.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Alternate Versions

The old German video released by Bavaria Film had several cuts, but was not blurred during the sex scenes. See more »

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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Not for most tastes - or those wishing to stay awake
11 February 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a well made beautiful film about the kidnap and torture of women. Its great to look at but I have yet to determine why I should want to watch it. Don't get me wrong it has nothing to do with refined sensibilities, I can enjoy twisted exploitation as well as anyone, but there's simply something wrong.

I think the problem with it is that its rather a dull movie. Terrible things happen to good looking woman...and thats about it. There is some attempt at character, but its not all that interesting. Its as if its trying to be more than the bondage porno it is.

I had been drawn to the film when I had read several articles that mentioned its bad reputation, so when I found a cheap copy I figured I'd give it a try. Perhaps back in 1979 it was something, but today with these jaded eyes its unremarkable. I've seen films of every sort and this one didn't strike as much of anything.

Will you find it offensive? If naked tortured women offends you, or you have stayed in the mainstream in your tastes, you probably will be offended or made uncomfortable, but for anyone else, this is probably going to bore you much more than it will shock or excite you. It has not lived up to its reputation.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 October 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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