Machida Koji (Amachi Shigeru), a tabloid tipster, is on the trail of a secret prostitution ring, when, after being drugged, he wakes up in a strange apartment next to a dead whore. Knowing that he has been set up as the killer, Machida goes looking for those responsible. Meanwhile, a rival reporter, Torii (Hosokawa Toshio), realizes that Machida is the man the cops are after.
After a frantic search, Machida discovers that real killer is a punk named Sabu (Naruto Yoji) who proves maddeningly elusive. He also encounters the slinky, sharp-tongued Maya (Mihara Yoko), who gives him bits of helpful information – but not everything. While trying to extract more from her, including the behind-the-scenes business of a gang-connected cabaret, he starts falling for her. But he still has a long, dangerous way to go in his quest for exoneration – and survival. —fareastfilm.com
Teruo Ishii (石井輝男 Ishii Teruo?, January 1, 1924–August 12, 2005) was a Japanese film director best known in the West for his early films in the Super Giant series, and for his films in the Ero guro (“erotic-grotesque”) subgenre of pinku eiga such as Shogun’s Joys of Torture (1968). He also directed the 1965 film, Abashiri Prison, which helped to make Ken Takakura a major star in Japan. Referred to in Japan as “The King of Cult”, Ishii had a much more prolific and eclectic career than was generally known in the West during his lifetime.
Born in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood in 1924, Ishii developed a love of cinema early. His parents would often take him to see foreign films, particularly French movies. Ishii worked at Toho Studios as an assistant director beginning in 1942. His film career was interrupted when he was sent to Manchuria during World War II to take aerial photographs for bombing runs.
In March, 1947 Ishii joined the newly… read more