A man keeps his girlfriend tied up in his small apartment and tortures her. She is undressed, subjected to various types of bondage, whipped, and tortured with a razor blade. He also brushes her hair, applies make-up on her, and breaks down and cries in the fetal position. In the end the girl gets free and has her revenge. —wikipedia
Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二, Wakamatsu Kōji?) (born 1 April 1936) is a Japanese film director who directed such pinku eiga films as Ecstasy of the Angels (天使の恍惚, Tenshi no Kōkotsu?, 1972) and Go, Go Second Time Virgin (ゆけゆけ二度目の処女, Yuke Yuke Nidome no Shojo?, 1969). He also produced Nagisa Ōshima’s controversial film In the Realm of the Senses (1976). He has been called “the most important director to emerge in the pink film genre,” and one of “Japan’s leading directors of the 1960s.”
Kōji Wakamatsu was born in Wakuya, Miyagi, Japan on 1 April 1936. Wakamatsu worked as a construction worker before beginning his film career with Nikkatsu in 1963.
Between 1963 and 1965, he directed 20 exploitation films for the studio, based on sensational topics of the day. He became interested in the Pink Film genre after the success of Tetsuji Takechi’s 1964 Daydream. Nikkatsu submitted his Skeleton in the Closet (壁の中の秘事, Kabe no Naka no Himegoto?) (also known as Secrets Behind the Wall) (1965… read more
The 25th film of Koji Wakamatsu, but just his second one attracted attention outside Japan. about a psychopath torturing his girlfriend under influence of the memory of his wife, who left him to raise her baby alone. known for its claustrophobic atmosphere and intersting usage of classis music. the final scene where the torturer curls into a fetus position and dies while murmuring "mother" is good, too.
I wonder if Von Trier was influenced by this because at times this feels like Antichrist except without the without moralistic preaching and with beautiful black and white cinematography. God, this movie is beautiful to look at! There's certain shots that put to shame any movie made today. The movie it self feels like if Godard did coke with Jesus Franco in some sleazy Japanese bar. Quite possibly a Fav of mine!