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School of the Holy Beast
School of the Holy Beast
Actors: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe, Ryouko Ima, Harumi Tajima
Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     1hr 31min

SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST Japan's most notorious Nun-Exploitation film: School Of The Holy Beast (Sei Juu Gakuen) directed by sexploitation guru, Norifumi Suzuki, plunges into a maelstrom of hidden torture, secret masochis...  more »

     
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Actors: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe, Ryouko Ima, Harumi Tajima
Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Creators: Norifumi Suzuki, Masahiro Kakefuda
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Cult Epics
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese

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Movie Reviews

Fantastic Japanese Nunsploitation
GialloFan | OH USA | 11/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A wonderful film - as amazing as Female Prisoner 701 - fantastic visuals - fantastic music - only the Japanese can make such trash with such style. Highly recommended!"
Nasty Nuns of Nippon
Franco Jesse | Pittsburgh, USA | 07/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I sat down to view this expecting a typical nunsploitation flick. Sure there is some whipping, torture, lesbianism and even some mention of Satan. But this widescreen, uncut version by Cult Epics is an absorbing and gripping story of demons that lurk within the hearts and minds of humans, not beasts of the holy or unholy kind. Medieval Catholicism mixes with Japanese themes of family, honor and revenge to produce a hot mess that is beautifully presented and mesmerizingly performed. Tumi Takigawa stars as Maya, a young woman who "infiltrates" a convent to discern the truth about her biological mother, a nun who died after giving birth to Maya 18 years before. She encounters greed, lust, subterfuge, hatred, betrayal, corruption, violence and many other vices while navigating the curious caste system of the abbey that pits "choir nuns" against "assistant nuns". Although sometimes over-the-top in its depiction of religious beliefs, it fascinates nonetheless."
AKA Convent of the Sacred Beast
N. Stepro | new albany, IN United States | 05/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The beast being the Rasputin look alike priest? Or is it the Mother Superior?

Yes, its sexploitation or nunsploitation, but the lead is avery strong and resourceful woman.

Is there a difference , besides the titles, between the two versions? More material, less?

If you really want to buy, go for the less expensive used 'Convent'"
Strange and sometimes haunting.
Greg | Brooklyn Park, Mongolia | 11/12/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the strangest movies I've ever seen, and I'm a fan of alternative, extreme, outcast film.

In some ways "Beast" uses conventional plot devices--a child going "under cover" to try to found out what happened to a parent, and her discovery about the evil shenanigans hidden behind the scenes. But the goings-on in this convent are especially nasty, blasphemous, sadistic, and erotic. This is not old-school soft porn, nor cutting-edge torture porn, but a bizarre reflection of Japanese attitudes toward God, religion, and sexuality post-Nagasaki.

It's hard to pin down exactly what the film thinks about things, although there is a certain consistent nihilism that threads through the main story, punctuated by moments of vivid--almost beautiful--scenes of punishment and eroticism. This movie is so very much not for everyone, and I can only recommend it to those with a taste for the offbeat and puzzling.

This is not by any stretch a great movie--it's probably not even a particularly good movie. But it does have the single characteristic of a movie I consider worth having seen: It stays with me."