L’ARBRE DE GUERNICA

L’ARBRE DE GUERNICA (“The Guernica Tree”) Production: France/Italy, 1975 Director: Fernando Arrabal Category: Counter-Culture Arrabal’s bizarre and horrific retelling of the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, with some images of beautiful blasphemy that include blowing up and pissing on Christ, and a dwarf smearing semen on the lips Continue Reading

PU PU

PU PUProduction: Japan, 1960 Director: Jonouchi Motoharu Category: ExperimentalOne of the most renowned Japanese experimental films of the early 60s, comprising surrealistic sequences of a profane burial rite intercut with found images. Jonouchi was one of the founders of the VAN Institute for Cinematic Science, along with the likes of Continue Reading

HEI TAI YANG 731

HEI TAI YANG 731(“731: Total Eclipse Of The Sun”)Production: Hong Kong, 1988English title: Men Behind The SunDirector: T.F. Mou Tun-FeiCategory: War Atrocity/Human ExperimentsA faked, but hideously realistic documentary account of true war and experimental medical atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese kempeitai in Manchuria during WW2, at the covert bacteriological mass-extermination Continue Reading

NATTLEK

NATTLEK (“Night Games”) Production: Sweden, 1966 Director: Mai Zetterling Category: Sex Mania When first shown at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, Nattlek was screened behind closed doors to the judges only, as it was deemed the most outrageous film ever made (a verdict clearly indicative of the judges’ ignorance). It Continue Reading

RIVERS OF SAND

RIVERS OF SAND Production: UK, 1974 Director: Robert Gardner Category: Ethno-Documentary An ethnographic investigation of the enigmatic Hamar tribes of Ethiopia, focusing in on the oppression of women within the tribal system, and skirting “mondo” territory with some of its depictions of bloody rituals of life and death. Gardner looks on objectively, Continue Reading

NIKUTAI NO MON

NIKUTAI NO MON (“Gate Of Flesh”) Production: Japan, 1964 Director: Suzuki Seijun Category: Sex/Prostitution The following year Suzuki directed Shunpu-Den (“Prostitute Story”), this time set during WW2 and dealing with the plight of “comfort women” on the Manchurian front. Posted by Lady Belladonna

GONG GUI ZAI

GONG GUI ZAI (“Red Dwarf Ghost”) Production: Hong Kong, 1983 Director: Titus Ho Wing-Lam English title: Red Spells Red Category: Horror/Black Magic One of the most rare and extreme Hong Kong horror films of the early 80s, belonging to that small cluster of reptile, insect and arachnid revulsion freakshows that only Continue Reading

XIN DU BI DAO

XIN DU BI DAO (“New One-Armed Swordsman”) Production: Hong Kong, 1971 Director: Chang Cheh Category: Martial Arts Despite the kung-fu boom of the early 70s, swordplay movies were still being profitably made in Hong Kong. When Wang Yu left Shaw Brothers, they were quick to replace their departed talisman with not one Continue Reading