Monzo Kobayashi is a dime-novel writer. He goes to see the stage of Ranko Mizuki, a star of an all-girls’-operetta company known as Asakusa Revue. Monzo notices a creepy man sitting beside him who keeps his head slumped down and does not even look up when Ranko appears on stage. On the way home from the theater, Monzo encounters another creepy situation. A dwarf (inch-high samurai) with a child-sized body and a grown-up’s head passes right by him and is carrying a woman’s arm that has been sliced off from the shoulder. Being a writer, this strangely enhances his interest of this dwarf and he begins an investigation about dwarfs. At the same time, his old friend Yurie visits him. Monzo secretly has a crush on her but knows that she is married to some one else. Yurie asks Monzo to introduce her to his friend, the detective, Kogoro Akechi. Monzo agrees to this and takes her to Akechi’s apartment. When Akechi tells them about his current investigation, Monzo surprisingly finds out that Ranko Mizuki has disappeared. However, this is just the beginning of a bizarre twist that is going to occur one after another. Monzo and Akechi’s challenge to solve the mystery begins. —IMDb
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