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Zoom In: Rape Apartments (1980)

Zûmu in: Bôkô danchi (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 15 March 1980 (Japan)
Saeko, a somewhat enigmatic young woman, is brutally beaten with a rock and raped by a man wearing a dark-colored mask and black gloves. She eventually recovers, but not long afterwards a ... See full summary »

Director:

Naosuke Kurosawa

Writer:

Chiho Katsura (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Erina Miyai Erina Miyai ... Saeko
Yôko Azusa Yôko Azusa ... Sachi
Yûko Ôsaki Yûko Ôsaki ... Mayuko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Araragi Yûko Araragi ... Woman by the Jungle Gym
Beniko Iida Beniko Iida ... Young Housewife
Hidetoshi Kageyama Hidetoshi Kageyama
Yûko Katagiri Yûko Katagiri ... Opera Singer
Toshikatsu Matsukaze Toshikatsu Matsukaze ... Kôichi
Setsu Midorikawa Setsu Midorikawa
Midori Mori Midori Mori
Yoko Oyagi Yoko Oyagi ... (as Yôko Ôyagi)
Ren Seido Ren Seido ... Keigo (as Ren Seidô)
Keijirô Shiga Keijirô Shiga ... Takaya
Rei Takahashi Rei Takahashi ... Busty Woman
Miki Yamaji Miki Yamaji ... Highschool Girl
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Saeko, a somewhat enigmatic young woman, is brutally beaten with a rock and raped by a man wearing a dark-colored mask and black gloves. She eventually recovers, but not long afterwards a series of horrific murders begins occurring in the apartment building she lives in. When it turns out that the victims are badly beaten, then killed and their genitals burned off, Saeko begins to think she has an idea who the killer is, but realizes she may be murdered before she has a chance to expose the maniac. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 March 1980 (Japan) See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sheer, unadulterated exploitation from Japan
1 November 2013 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This movie is about a lonely wife whose husband goes out of town. She is attacked and raped in a field, which for some reason causes her to get back together with her potentially violent ex-lover. But then a couple of high school girls are attacked and burnt to death (after the killer pours lighter fluid on them and ignites their pubic hair!). She begins to suspect her lover of being the notorious firebug/rapist (and he certainly gives her every reason to with his ominous words and bizarre behavior), but it could also be his other female lover. . .

This is a superb example of a Japanese "pink" film and, for that matter, a superb example of how to make a quality softcore sex film. First off, it is not just series of interminably long sex scenes that tend to motivate most viewers to just flick one off the wrist and then fall asleep long before the short running time has expired. It has a plot--a completely bizarre, off-the-wall plot with a series of giallo-esque rapes and burnings--but a plot nevertheless. Like an Italian giallo it is also very well filmed and the effective visual style more than compensates for the gaping plot holes. And there ARE some hot sex scenes, but they're hot because they're aren't so many of them and they don't go so long that they complete inure (and ultimately bore) the viewers. As for the appalling misogynistic violence, well, it's less disturbing than it sounds due to its stylized execution. It's certainly not erotic (even though the killer insists on completely stripping his nubile victims, never mind that clothes would be much more flammable than pubic hair), but it has the effect of kinda cleansing the palate in between the consensual sex scenes, kind of like a shot of seltzer water (or perhaps Everclear).

This movie is kind of like an Italian giallo or a Joe D'Amato "Black Emmanuelle" or a Brazilian pornochachada. It's not a serious film (and shouldn't be taken as such unless you want to get VERY offended), but it goes way beyond being a mere sex film and into the realm of sheer, unadulterated exploitation.


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