Angel Guts - Coming Soon


12-09-04 10:06 

by ArtsmagicDVD
Here's some information on Angel Guts - sorry for the length of this post.

[b]ArtsmagicDVD[/b] is now in a position to announce that it has acquired the North American rights to the Japan...and notorious...abroad....[color=red][b]Angel Guts [/b][/color]series. This series has been described by critic Pete Tombs as being the breakthrough movies that enabled the current surge in Easter horror to take place. They also mark the introduction of director [i]Takashi Ishii [/i]to the movie business, since it was his manga, Tenshi no harawata ([color=red][b]Angel Guts[/b][/color]), that led to the creation of the series, and finally to his emergence as not just screenplay writer but director.Beginning in 1979, the latest [color=red][b]Angel Guts [/b][/color]was made in 1994. As a director, [i]Ishii [/i]is perhaps best known for Gonin.

This is [b]ArtsmagicDVDs [/b]first venture into the world of Japanese erotic cinema, and for many Westerners, it is a very strange world indeed. This is partly due to the West's taboos on subjects covered, which include SM relationships and rape. Anything to do with SM receives the censor's shears in many countries, if any filmmaker is brave or foolhardy enough to attempt to deal with the subject. Where rape takes place, it is nearly always undertaken by easily identified social misfits, usually psychopaths, or bad-ass gangs of youths. [b]Artmagic [/b]has experienced what happens when these films are placed before the UK censor. Back in 2002, with the permission of [i]Nikkatsu[/i], we decided to submit two of the series to the British Board of Film Censorship. These were [color=red][b]Red Classroom [/b][/color](Akai Kyoshitsu) and [color=red][b]Red Dizziness [/b][/color](Akai Memai), and both came back with the demand for cuts to be made: [color=red][b]Red Dizziness [/b][/color]cuts amounted to 41 seconds and [color=red][b]Red Classroom [/b][/color]29 seconds. We decided that we were not happy to comply with these demands.....many of our movies had already suffered from the attention of the censor...and withdrew them.

Critics tell us that Japanese sex films divide into two basic categories, which are both generally known as "[color=violet][b]pinku[/b][/color]" cinema, a term that seems to have come into being around the early sixties, and may refer to pink flesh in American porn. "[color=violet][b]Pinku[/b][/color]" proper refers to the lower budget products, whereas [i]Nikkatsu [/i]created a category of film all of it's own, known as roman-porno, which mixes "romance" with porn. (In fact, if you look on many of the Japanese wraps, the katkana reads "romance series" mention there of porn.) Both styles include serious exploitation movies. In other words, although their purpose is to appeal to the voyeur in us, the subjects they tackle are treated more seriously than those of many mainstream cinema products. Where roman-porno sets itself apart is in the use of larger budgets and consequently a glossier look and feel to the viewing experience. But both have proved fertile ground for the quickening of directorial talent. Crossover directors include the now feted [i]Kiyoshi Kurosawa[/i], as well as [i]Koji Wakamatsu[/i], [i]Noboru Tanaka[/i], [i]Toshiharu Ikeda[/i], and [i]Hideo Nakata [/i]of Ringu fame. Indeed, [i]Nakata [/i]served his apprenticeship in the business, and thought so highly of it that he recently paid tribute to his master, [i]Masaru Konuma[/i], in a documentary entitled Sadistic and Masochistic.

The five [color=red][b]Angel Guts[/b] [/color]movies are to be released in digi pack form this March...if we can put the package together in time. The directors involved include [i]Chusei Sone[/i], a man who spent his whole career in roman-porno, was a seminal influence, and, in our opinion, one of its greatest directors. His offerings are [color=red][b]High School Coed [/b][/color]and [color=red][b]Red Classroom[/b][/color]. The script for the former was written by [i]Toshiharu Ikeda[/i]. Ikeda, best known as director of [b]Evil Dead Trap[/b], (which was incidentally scripted by [i]Takashi Ishii[/i]), went on to direct [color=red][b]Red Porno[/b][/color]. [i]Noboru Tanaka[/i], who directed [b]Village of Doom[/b], was in charge of the most horrific of the series, with scenes involving gut wrenching mutilation. Its title is [color=red][b]Nami[/b][/color]. All [i]Ishii's [/i]heroines are called Nami, but this is the only film of that name. Finally, [i]Ishii [/i]himself emerged to direct [color=red][b]Red Dizziness[/b][/color].

This is a collection of important directors all dealing with the same theme, rape, and all centre around a girl called Nami. The results range from poignant to nauseating. You never doubt the seriousness of directorial input. The rapists may be youth gangs, they may be psychopaths, but they are more likely to be the unfortunate and inadequate. The heavily censored British have one of the highest incidents of rape in the world, the Japanese one of the lowest.

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12-21-04 12:25 RE: Angel Guts - Coming Soon

by ArtsmagicDVD
Here is some more information about “The Angel Guts Series”.

Trailers are now online:
High School Coed –
Red Classroom –
Nami –
Red Porno –
Red Vertigo –

There has been very little seen of Nikkatsu roman-porno, or indeed of pinku cinema in the States, and we hope that what we're doing will firmly establish the importance of this genre within the context of Japanese, and indeed, Asian cinema. OK, there's no doubt that Nikkatsu got involved in it originally to make a buck....the studio was likely to go belly up, and turning a trick or two helped stabilize them. But we shouldn't be too cynical, nor underestimate the courage of the company in moving in a direction that was bound to call down on them the wrath of the pure and preachy. Nikkatsu was the oldest film company in Japan, with a history going all the way back to the era of silent movies, and with a catalogue including the most highly respected directors from that period on. What it helped to create was little short of a revolution, although academics would tell you that the eroticism, including the ero gro or erotic grotesque, has its roots way back to the Japanese wood block prints of the 19th century if not before.

Prior to this release, the only major example of this cinema to have been distributed in the US is “Wife To Be Sacrificed”, which received a glowing tribute from The Chicago Tribune, amongst other newspapers. We hope this is an indication that the West no longer so deeply imbibing the unholy mix of puritan hypocrisy on the one hand, and political correctness on the other that it is unable to take a measured look at the pinku genre.

How important it was, and how sincere the artists involved were can be gauged by our first interview, which was with “Noboru Tanaka”. This is a director practically unknown in the States, though a couple of his works have been put out in the UK. Pagan Films released “Walker In The Attic” and “Sada Abe: Docu Drama”. The latter is a version of the same true story that inspired Oshima's renowned “Ai No Corrida”, and by some, was held to be the superior version. Earlier this year, Artsmagic Ltd. released his “Village of Doom” under the “Eastern Cult Cinema” brand. In his Japanese Cinema Encyclopaedia...The Sex Films, Thomas Weisser described him as being possibly the most important director to emerge from the roman-porno era.

We asked this genial sexagenarian a number of leading questions, without being too sure how he'd respond. What we were trying to assess was how he felt about having spent most of his career in the pinku club, and whether there was any sense of wasted talent, or regrets at not having been part of the mainstream. Not a bit of it. His pride in his achievements, and his deeply competitive nature, shone through, as well as his artistry. He'd entered the world of film from having studied poetry at university, and having come to the conclusion that great poems consist of the ability to evoke a vast gallery of images, he decided to work in the industry whose main task is the creation of images. His apprenticeship involved being assistant director on Kurosawa's “Yojimbo”, no less.

Tanaka emerged as a highly intelligent and articulate man, and what he had to say off the cuff was as interesting and salient as anything we'd ever come across with regard to this still controversial cinematic tributary. This is a more or less verbatim extract from one of his responses during our meeting.

"Most of the romanporno I made is about love and death, seen through the filter of sex. I observed love from many different directions: from above, from below, sometimes from far away and sometimes I just gazed at it. “Angel Guts” shows love from a distance at first, and then gradually, little by little, gets closer and closer. We are allowed to look at the corse of human beings with disguising anything, and to express ourselves very honestly. That's why working on roman-porno is such a satisfying experience."

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