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Brutal

Brutal

Brutal by Takashi Hirose is one of the latest releases by Unearthed Films and it’s you guessed it… brutal!

Brutal is a beautiful story of love and connection, encased in gore and torture. Imagine searching your whole life to find that special someone who understands you, only to be disappointed again and again. Until one day you find them and it’s a glorious blood-soaked affair.

Chapter 1: The Man
The movie starts with a man, the Japanese version of John Everyman, as basic as he is complex. A sexually frustrated man, choosing chastity and self-denial. He has a room full of kidnapped women and before murdering them he asks each one “do you understand what I’m doing?”. He savagely beats and stabs them to death in a misguided attempt to save them or possibly purify them through suffering.

Chapter 2: The Woman
A beautiful woman uses her sexuality to lure men into her arms before killing them. Her character reminded me of a combination of Aileen Wuornos (notorious serial killer) and Gogo Yubari (Kill Bill) After killing each victim she asks herself if it’s ok, reassuring herself that she has done the right thing.

Chapter 3: Man and Woman
The showdown. The two meet and end up going to his place, she immediately realizes her error and a knife fight ensues. During the fight her clothing is cut off and reveals to the man that she has sewn up her genitalia and removed her nipples. It’s at this point that he knows that she gets it and does understand what he’s been doing and in fact has been doing it herself. The two begin to sob and embrace. While making love they stab each other repeatedly in a cathartic spurt of blood and pain. He apologizes for not being able to ejaculate inside her, but she tells him she can feel it inside her. The next morning only she awakes, finding that he died from his stab wounds in the night. The final scene is her discovering that their love created a life and she is pregnant.

Here’s what I especially liked about this one:
I loved the chapters and how everything overlaps and forms a clear picture at the end. The two characters come across the same people, visit the same places and face the same struggles. It was inevitable that their paths would cross.
I really enjoyed how both of the characters had such a casual reaction to killing and gore, it was commonplace and a necessary evil. Both were comfortable cloaked in the blood of others.
For me the best part of this movie was the love story. I enjoyed the gore and torture, but my favourite type of film is one that shows there is someone out there for everyone no matter how fucked up you are. Love finds a way.

Buy the Blu-ray from Unearthed Films here


Posted by Candace Stone in Categories, GORE OR EXTREME HORROR, MOVIE REVIEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Shogun’s Sadism (1976)

MOVIE REVIEW: Shogun’s Sadism (1976)

Shogun’s Sadism (1976) by Yuji Makiguchi is a really fun, Japanese, exploitation, period piece.

First, let me just tip my hat to the Japanese on their unparalleled ability to torture and cause human suffering, no one does it better than Japan.

Shogun’s Sadism starts with old stock footage of war atrocities and the first shot is of a girl being boiled alive… it doesn’t mess about. It’s scene after scene of intense torture with brief explanations of the “crimes” committed and the form of torture being used.

The film features two different stories that take place during the Edo period in Japan (between 1603-1868). Although the film is fictional it does mirror actual forms of torture and beliefs held during that time period.

The first story is of a young woman named Toyo who saves the life of Lori, a Samurai, by sucking the poison out of a snake bite for him. She brings him to her family home and cares for him, and the two fall in love. It’s later discovered that Toyo and her family are Christians and must be executed. During the Edo period, Christians were tortured until they confessed and often killed for choosing Jesus over the Shogunate (feudal military government). When Toyo is brought before the government for her crimes Lori does nothing as he watches her be raped and abused repeatedly and then kept as a personal concubine by his superior. Toyo suffers many horrible injustices and eventually Lori and her escape only to be brutally killed.

The second story, while still good, is definitely a bit more silly or comedic. It takes place in a brothel where a young man claiming to have a rich family turns out to be poor and unable to pay his bill. In order to pay off his debts, he has to stay and work at the brothel for a year. He falls in love with one of the girls and after witnessing a forced abortion and then the death of one of the other girls, he decides to escape with her. The two become petty criminals and are eventually caught. He’s killed, and she’s sold back into prostitution.

In case you aren’t convinced of the brutality here are some of the things you can expect to see:
SPOILERS!!!!

  • human branding
  • stake burnings and spearing
  • snake pit torture
  • rape, including double penetration gang rape
  • forced abortion
  • beheading
  • castration
  • And my personal favourite execution by bulls pulling a woman’s limbs off.

4/5 historically accurate shocks for this film

Posted by Candace Stone in BRUTAL REALITY, REVIEWS, 0 comments