Monday, January 25, 2016

Angel Guts: Red Vertigo aka Red Dizziness

Out of Print (OOP)
aka Angel Guts: Red Dizziness

Director: Takashi Ishii

Cast: Mayako Katsuragi, Naoto Takenaka, Hirofumi Kobayashi, Jun Izumi

Arts Magic / NTSC R1 / Unrated / 1.77:1 Widescreen / Dolby Stereo / 74 minutes

EXTRAS: Exclusive Interview with Director, Takashi Ishii / Commentary with MidnightEye's Jasper Sharp / Original Sleeve Art / Original Trailers / Bio / Filmographies


Nami is a nurse and her boyfriend Kenji is a fashion photographer. While helping him develop some pictures of his, she notices that he has been taking a lot of pictures of a certain beautiful model. He assures her that it is strictly business and he is faithful to her. One fateful night at work, Nami is called to a patients room only to be attacked and raped by two men. She flees and returns home (obviously early) and finds Kenji banging his favorite model in every position imaginable (and I can imagine A LOT!). After a short confrontation, Nami again flees and this time she is struck by a car driven by Muraki. Muraki is running from everyone and everything; people he swindled out of lots of money, his past relationships, and most importantly, his life. After he hits her, thinking she is dead, he loads her up in his car to figure out what to do next. So what does he do? That's right, he gets his grope on!

But guess what, she's not dead, so she...Bueller? Bueller? That's right, she flees! Muraki gives chase and she gives him a couple good whacks with a board before he finishes the chase in an old abandoned warehouse and throws her down on a disgusting old mattress and proceeds to try and rape her. Notice I said "tried". It seems that he is soooooo messed up that he can't even get it up to rape her. So he ties her to a chair and keeps her there against her will while he explains to her his woes and how he is really a good guy that's just a little messed up in the head right now, and all he wants is her forgiveness. She begins to realize that she has nothing to go back to and decides to give him a second chance even though she isn't ready to forgive him quite yet. First she needs a good bath. So he takes her to a motel where she bathes and they have lots of passionate, erotic sex. You begin to notice that they are beginning to trust one another and form a bond based in utter despair. But the money runs out, so they have to leave, leading up to a very sad and cynical ending by writer/director Takashi Ishii.

I have not seen many "pink films", but this is not at all like what I have seen before.. Yes, there was rape and lots of sex but this was very dreary and depressing. From the lighting to the poetic imagery, you are fed a steady diet of sadness. Oddly enough, Nami is not your typical degraded rape victim. She is a very strong character that is always fighting to make herself a better life and never giving up. I find it funny that the Japanese, with all of their rape themes and explicit torture and sex feel the need to censor crotches with a huge blurry circle. During every sex scene, there is a big blur over the dingle-dangles and the va-jay-jays. Silly Japanese, pubic hair is not perverted or wrong. FREE THE PUBES! It's also ironic that "Angel Guts" is not a gory movie. Not once do you see seraph entrails. In conclusion, I would say that this isn't for everyone. But if you like art-house-type erotica, you will love this. Or if you just want to see fuzzy genitalia.

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