The Muse – Yutaka Ikejima, 2008, 63 mins
Takashima is a young struggling actor who wants to be a film director. The film follows his chance encounters and career highlights (and lowlights!) as he strives to reach the top, and details his attempt to create the perfect film. Written by Daisuke Gotô, this film delivers Gotô’s artistic and modern style along with Ikejima’s less-than-subtle antics and borderline raunchy erotica scenes. Using his connections in the Pink Eiga industry, Ikejima offers an artistic, reflexive look at the Pink Eiga world, including scenes shot on the actual Pink Eiga ADR and edit stages. The story of The Muse is very much Ikejima’s own story – the struggle to maintain artistic quality and integrity despite the limits and constraints of the Pink Film genre.
Mourning Wife – Daisuke Gotô, 2001, 60 mins
Director Daisuke Gotô, the master of the cinematic Pink Eiga, is back with this retelling of the classic film noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. A married woman, tasked with running her handicapped husband’s failing printing business, meets a drifter and they fall in love. Soon a plan to murder the husband is put into motion and the forces of fate begin to show their hand. Featuring bravura film-making, fantastic performances and steamy sex, the Mourning Wife is a worthy follow up for any fan of Daisuke Gotô’s masterpiece A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn; and for those who have not yet seen A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn, it will be coming to Redemption TV July 22 2022.
Blind Love – Daisuke Gotô, 2006, 64 mins
In this Cyrano-De-Bergerac-esque comedy of errors, a blind girl falls in love with a ventriloquist by merely being able to hear his voice. However, when she meets him, she mistakes his friend for the ventriloquist. She starts dating the friend without realising it’s the wrong man and not the man she fell for.
This bittersweet Japanese film won lots of international praise for its bold performances.
“An excellent film that combines comedy and drama in the best fashion” – Asianmoviepulse.com