Widely considered to be the Absolute Best Japanese Exploitation film! Sex & Fury, one of the wildest, most violent, just-plain-entertaining Japanese sexploitation pictures from the 1970s stars smoldering young 'pinky viole... more »nce' actress Reiko Ike (veteran of the Girl Boss aka Sukeban film series) as Ocho, a gambler and pickpocket in Meiji Era Tokyo. After sheltering a fleeing anarchist, Ocho encounters the three villains responsible for her father's murder, and runs afoul of various yakuza who want her dead. A European spy (beautiful Christina Lindberg, star of Thriller - A Cruel Picture), whose sadistic diplomat boss has his own nefarious plans, complicates matters. A riproaring action saga filled with beautiful bodies, bloody swordplay, and psychedelic imagery -- all beautifully photographed in a number of astonishing setpieces. Directed by Norifumi Suzuki (who fathered the Sukeban genre), Sex & Fury transcends the pop culture realm to achieve genuine art. Followed by the outrageous sequel, Female Yakuza Tale - Inquisition & Torture (also available from Panik House), it's the best film you've never seen! Panik House is proud to present Sex & Fury: uncut, uncensored and totally restored from the original vault elements. Available for the first time anywhere on DVD! SEX & FURY DVD Features - Audio Commentary with Chris D., American Cinematheque film programmer and author of the book Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film - Norifumi Suzuki & Reiko Ike bios by Chris D. - Christina Lindberg Bio and gallery - Original Theatrical Trailer - Poster and Still Galleries - Production Notes - Special Insert Sticker - Optional English Subtitles - Brand New 16x9 transfer with completely re-mastered video and audio - Special Packaging ? stunning transparent amaray and the first 10,000 units debut in a clear O-Sleeve« less
spamhammer | Chicago, IL United States | 09/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Revenge, violence, and, of course, sex run gleefully rampant through this long-overlooked action flick. The film follows Ocho (Reiko Ike) as a chance encounter puts her in the middle of a bloody war being warring crime families.
The film is a classic entry of the 1970's Japanese sexploitation film, where movies had more going on than naked women and samurai swords. Sure this film has plenty of both, but there is an real elegance to the film, particularly the action sequences.
As Ocho kills every other person listed in the closing credits, she moves with a grace that belies the blood spilling across the scene. Action movies are often described as "kinetic," but this particular film would more accurately be called "fluid." It is a gory but beautiful masterpiece."
Of Boar, Deer, and Butterfly
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 01/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
Walking underneath a series of torii gates with her father, a young Kyoko witnesses the death of her father when unknown culprits stab him to death. However, before he dies he picks up three cards depicting the images of a boar, a deer, and a butterfly. With only this scant information to aid her in identifying her father's killers, Kyoko changes her name to Inoshika Ocho and lives the next 20 years of her life honing skills in gambling and pick pocketing.
One day at a gambling house owned by a seedy man named Imamura, a dealer is accused of cheating and is killed by its patrons. However, before he dies he tells Ocho that Imamura was the one who told him to cheat and he asks her to take 500 yen, this movie takes place in 1905, to purchase his sister back from a prostitution house in Asakusa. That night, while bathing, Ocho is attacked by Imamura and his goons, so the viewer is treated with the image of a totally nude Ocho, the actress Ike Reiko was 19 or 20 at the time this film was made and was quite nubile and bouncy at the time, slicing apart Imamura and his men in a montage of blood, naked flesh, severed limbs, and snow with early 1970s psychedelic rock playing in the background.
Ocho eventually arrives in Asakusa and, along with communicating with her foster mom and her "sisters", eventually finds Yuki, the dead man's sister, but her purchaser, a business man named Iwakura is unwilling to let go of his new virgin, deflowering virgins is his hobby after all. However, he is willing to give up Yuki if Ocho can defeat a foreign gambler, Swedish model Christina Lindberg, but if she loses Iwakura will get both Yuki and Ocho. Christina does well at first, but after the party is attacked by her former lover Shunosuke, who bears a grudge against Iwakura and the politician Kurokawa, her mind is filled with images of their love-making and she loses the match. However, during this time Iwakura has intercourse with Yuki and later the heartbroken girl informs Ocho that the old pervert has a tattoo of a deer on his back. Finding one of her father's murderers, Ocho embarks on a quest for revenge during which she will have to face all sorts of adversaries, including switchblade-wielding nuns and gangsters.
During the 1950s cinema was king in Japan. Millions of film viewers flocked to thousands upon thousands of theaters. However, during the 1960s television and its all encompassing grasp took hold of the country and film studios began to close and many film directors such as Kobayashi Masaaki and Kurosawa Akira had difficulty funding their films. Instead films filled with sex and violence, Roman Porn or Pink Films, became the standard. Once respected film studios such as Nikkatsu started to churn out one skin flick after the other. With limited budgets and limited filming schedules, these films were quickly produced, consumed by the audience, and completely forgotten. However, some of these films, such as this film, Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs, the Female Prisoner Scorpion series, have made more of a lasting impact that can be seen in the films in such directors as Miike Takashi.
Sex and Fury is of course filled with violence. Severed limbs fly about and blood sprays all over the walls. Ocho must endure being chained up and whipped by Christina, bondage and S&M scenes are quite common in these films, while her tormentors look on. There is of course a lot of sex also, including a lesbian sex scene between Christina and a servant of Kurokawa's named Shinobu. Add to this mixture of sex and violence a soundtrack of rock music that would please The Lemon Pipers and Strawberry Alarm Clock, Sex and Fury is an enjoyable, quick watch. I mean with switchblade-wielding nuns how could you go wrong?
Brilliant...amazing...see this movie!
amsterdamaged | 10/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For once the liner notes are accurate; this was the best movie I had never heard of. In the first ten minutes of the film, I knew I was in for a treat when the female lead killed twenty or so thugs with her samurai sword, while completely butt-naked. What's not to love?
But this film has a lot more going for it than just graphic violence and kinky sex. The director's style of filmaking, the cinematography, the hypnotic imagery, and the soundtrack are just amazing. If you're like me, you'll find yourself humming the theme song.
Is it an erotic art-house flick or an exploitation film? You decide. This film is, in my opinion, a true cinematic masterpiece. I don't want to give away too many details because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. All I can say is, BUY THIS FILM. Once you've seen it, you'll be begging for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!"
Sex & violence, japanese style!
JC | 11/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a cult movie fan and a cult japanese movie fan, dig sword fight flicks, you can do no wrong by getting your greasy little hands on this cool piece of exploitational cinema - 70's style!
You'll need a strong stomach, a sense of humor and cherish good ol' fashioned sex and violence - you will be pleased with this DVD.
What can I say more, go for it"
All time classic Japan 70's exploitation.
Asian Mack | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 07/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to see action, sexy Asian girls, arterial spray and the lovely Christina Lindberg, then look no further. This is the one, along with "Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs"(the original), to see to get your friends into classic Japanese cinema from the 70's. Over the top madness, sexy, raunchy, lots of action and the gorgeous Ike Reiko make this one of the best films of the era. Not to mention, Christina Lindberg and the always wild Yoko Mihara are in the cast. And don't forget its sequel "Female Yakuza Tale". Panik House keep 'em coming. These are must buys along with "The Pinky Violence Collection"."