Japanese title TAIJI GA MITSURYO SURU TOKI [When The Embryo Goes
also known as THE EMBRYO HUNTS IN SECRET and EMBRYO
starring: Hatsup Yamane · Miharu Shima
A man wants to have
normal relationships with women but he is tormented by an uncontrollable
fixation on sadism. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot subdue the
dark passion. And his partner - a girl from his office - becomes a victim
in his mania. Most of the film takes place within two rooms as the man
tortures his woman with whips, razors and various other devices. He occasionally
suffers from flashbacks which deal with previous misogynist sessions and
even a vivid memory of his father beating his mother.
This was Koji Wakamatsu's
first release for his own independent company. Obviously, with this project
he treads in murky waters. Many critics say he purposely pushed the narrative
to the extreme in hopes of antagonizing the government to move legally
against him, thus creating free publicity. But the Nippon Film Federation
had already lost a high-profile obscenity case against Tetsuji Takechi
SNOW earlier in the year and they took a hands-off policy towards
censorship and this production specifically. Regardless, Wakamatsu's movie
found an audience and became his first major hit. The film stands as a
quintessential portrayal of a sado-sexual relationship.
Koji Wakamatsu is
considered King of Japanese exploitation cinema, often called the Pink
Godfather, responsible for at least 110 films between 1963-2012. Internationally,
he is best known for VIOLATED
ANGELES [based on Richard Speck's torture/massacre of a houseful
of nurses in Chicago] as well as POOL
WITHOUT WATER and his vicious 13
KILLINGS BY A SERIAL RAPIST. His later films concentrated on left-wing
resistance politics, dealing topics like the oppression of the Palestinian
nation and the Japanese underground. Due to those projects, Wakamatsu
was blacklisted by the United States, which imposed a travel ban on him.
In 2012, Koji Wakamatsu was killed in a car accident as he returned from
the Tokyo-based TEPCO company, after a heated meeting over the Fukushima
nuclear disaster. Mr Wakamatsu was 76.
film; widescreen, totally uncut version (72 min.), with option ON/OFF
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected Koji Wakamatsu theatrical trailers.
For Adult Audiences