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Blind Beast (1969)

Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Mako Midori, Noriko Sengoku
Director: Yasuzo Masumura
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Studio: Fantoma
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Japan
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This sick and depraved scenario begins when a blind sculptor and his mother kidnap a young woman and use her as a model. In the darkness of an abandoned warehouse, she suffers at the hands of the artist. Giving in to find an avenue of escape, she becomes caught up in a series of sadomasochistic games. After she eventually loses her sight and her mind, the sexual games become even rougher. Whips are replaced with knives, which give way to meat cleavers, as the demented girl begs to have her arms and legs cut off. The girl ends up cut down to size after the mother dies over a battle with her son. He contemplates suicide when he realizes the girl can no longer give him a hand in this macabre tale that gives new meaning to the expression "tortured artist." ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Yasuzo Masumura Biography and Filmography
  • Photo and stills gallery

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GreenCine Member Reviews

at least not beastly by WDiComo June 26, 2004 - 1:16 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The Stockholm Syndrome's at work here as a kidnapee deals with her abductor who only wants to use her as sculptor's model. He's romantically inexperienced, as he is also playing out some Oedipal issues with partner-in-crime mom. There's skin in this flic, but it would sell this short to call it a skinflic. In the story petting occurs at first because our blind artist has only his sense of touch to guide his sculpting. For some of us Westerners, spoken Japanese may sound a bit dissonant in trying to evaluate acting, but, besides that, this has decent production values, especially in the demanding script. The 2 leads don't just mail this one in. Be warned that while the movie avoids a horror flavor throughout, I can't say the same about the ending.

Needs to be 20 minutes shorter or 30 minutes longer. by IWhitney January 28, 2004 - 9:59 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Beautiful, languid and sexy Blind Beast is exactly what a lot of people look for in 1960s Japanese film. But I felt it had a great opening followed by a rushed 15 minute conclusion that tossed in a bunch of random shocking elements.

There's this great idea explored early in the film about the sensation of touch and creating art that can only been appreciated by the blind. As the two main characters begin to get jiggy with it, that idea falls by the wayside and they only explore their limits of pain. It's a pretty abrupt shift from one idea to the other and it felt absurd to me.

So, a disappointing conclusion but an interesting preceding 70 minutes.

disturbing? how about hilarious by rarcher September 6, 2003 - 7:48 AM PDT
1 out of 8 members found this review helpful
maybe if the acting wasn't so ridiculously exaggerated, this might have got me
maybe this will freak out and scare a lot of people
it just made me laugh
i would give it high points if i thought it was supposed to be a comedy

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