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Shôjo tsubaki: Chika gentô gekiga (1992)

A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group.

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(as Hisaaki Ezu)

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(screenplay) (as Hisaaki Ezu), (manga)
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Cast overview:
Minako Naka ... Midori (voice)
Norihiko Morishita ... Wandâ Masamitsu (voice)
Keinosuke Okamoto ... Koijirô Arashi (voice)
Kazuyoshi Hayashi ... Akaza (voice)
Yoshifumi Nomura ... Muchisute (voice)
Sanae Katô ... Benietsu (voice)
Yumiko Takagi ... Kanabun (voice)
Akiko Tanaka ... Midori no Haha (voice)
Kôji Imoto ... Hiroshi Inagaki (voice)
Yoshihiko Matsui ... (voice)
Kinu Yoshimi ... (voice)
Karuki Tamazukuri ... (voice)
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Midori, is a young, and vibrant girl who enjoys her school and classes, but after her mother became very ill, and their dad evaded contact with her, her mom dies from her ailments. Midori is then tricked by a circus producer to enter his funfair, where she is consistently raped and abused by the circus folk, but when she is on the edge of giving up hope, she is acquainted by a dwarf, and her whole world changes. Written by Cyrano Roger

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The film is based off a manga by Suehiro Maruo. See more »

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Featured in Hell Bento: Uncovering the Japanese Underground (1995) See more »

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Akai shitagi
Music by J A Shîzâ
Lyrics by Suehiro Maruo
Performed by Minako Naka and Yoshifumi Nomura
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mmmidori
14 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

One of the things that most people comment on when reading on Midori is that it was actually banned originally for depicting graphic violence to animals. Now, what is on display here is rather shocking but certainly not enough to be considered obscene, especially considering the psychopathic nature of the character which performs the act. If anything, the act featured is only detrimental to children and as anyone with a brain has figured out, this isn't for children at all.

Personally, I was quite surprised by Midori. It was mostly animated and directed by the one man and it shows: mouths don't move often, backgrounds suddenly disappear, zooming in of a single picture is common etc. If anything, these shortcuts only add to the charm of the movie and how intricately personal it is to it's creator. There was apparently 5000 paintings handpainted by Hiroshi Harada to complete the film over a course of 5 years. It was also funded by Hiroshi's life savings; if that's not dedication to a piece of art then I don't know what is.

So the animation is charming, the characters are gut wrenching and the script is full of profound reflections. Another point is the music; most of the soundtrack is created by a keyboard and the dark melancholy keyboard noodlings really add to the circus freakshow setting in the movie.

This is a very dark and unsettling anime movie, so it's only best to watch this if you're looking for something that's profound and will make you think. It will hurt you emotionally and upset you but it will stick in your mind for days on end.


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