“Orgies of Edo”
A Different Japan
I had never heard of this film before I received a review screener and I must say that I was both shocked and surprised when I watched it. Directed by the legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii, we have three stories of moral sickness set during the prosperous Genroku era in Japan. The film is a bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic Shogun s “Joy of Torture”. The film is totally and politically incorrect in terms of morality. The three tales are of tales of tragic heroines caught up in violence, sadomasochism, incest and torture.
The film is presented in anthology style by an impassive physician (Teruo Yoshida). The first story is about Oito (Masumi Tachibana), an innocent young girl deceived by a handsome yakuza and sold into prostitution. Because she had debts, she had no choice. She finds herself in a doomed love affair with the man who brought her to ruin. The second tale is about Ochise (Mitsuko Aoi), the daughter of a rich merchant whose insatiable appetite for filth and perversion draws her deeper into violence, darkness and betrayal. Her taste in men included dwarves and deformed characters. The third story is of Omitsu (Miki Obana) follows a sadistic lord (Asao Koike) whose eye is caught one day by a beautiful member of his harem who shares his strange taste for pain and blood, but who holds a secret of her own that will destroy his entire household.
Ishii s erotic films grew increasingly shocking, violent and strange, and “Orgies of Edo” has him mixing period film detail with carnival like grotesqueness in order to create his own particular vision of love and sex. This allowed Ishii to experiment with elements that would later show up in his other films.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
The Orgies of Ishii an exclusive, newly filmed interview with author Patrick Maccias
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes