Japanese title: NINGYO DENSETSU
· Kentaro Shimizu
on a gekiga (an adult-oriented manga) written by Takashi Ishii
[prolific filmmaker of FLOWER
WHIP and the GONIN
series], this was director Ikeda's first movie after leaving Nikkatsu
over a creative disagreement.
is a film with a split personality, a great-looking, smart movie that
accelerates into a very bloody vengeance pic for the last half. A fisherman
is dramatically opposed to the construction of a beach resort [the real
agenda is a nuclear power plant]. He gets murdered by a gang of political
extremists working for the corrupt contractor. His wife Migiwa concocts
a plan of revenge and slaughter.
Ikeda started his career with Nikkatsu Studios. After working as an
assistant, he [co-] directed RAPE!
GUTS: RED PORNO. Toshiharu would later develop into an A-List
horror director, responsible for the resurgence of Japanese terror films,
DEAD TRAP and its second sequelEVIL
DEAD TRAP: BROKEN LOVE KILLER. Sadly, Mr Ikeda committed suicide
by drowning in December 2010 at age 59.
Japanese film, with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; uncut 110 min,
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include selected
Graphic Violence, Gore, Rape, Sexual Brutality
for Mature Audiences