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Kaneto Shindô

“My mind was always on the commoners, not on the lords, politicans, or anyone of name and fame. I wanted to convey the lives of down-to-earth people who live like weeds.”

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    YASUZÔ MASUMURA Japan, 1966

    From esteemed samurais to common thieves, the men in Yasuzô Masumura’s erotic and dangerous Edo tale are of the same pitiful breed. Daring to weaponize her branded—yet luscious—flesh as a deadly instrument, Ayako Wakao’s fallen seductress leaves a terrifying trail of foolish paramours at her feet.

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