Sex and Fury

Overview

This was the first of two films in which Japanese exploitation star Reiko Ike played the character of Inoshika Ocho. After a brief prologue depicting the murder of Ocho's policeman father, it is revealed that she has grown up to become a professional gambler. Sex & Fury chronicles Ocho's exploits as she searches for her father's killers, each identified by unique tattoos on their backs a deer, a boar, and a butterfly. Along the way, she also crosses paths with Shonusuke Masataka Naruse, a radical set on ...
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Overview

This was the first of two films in which Japanese exploitation star Reiko Ike played the character of Inoshika Ocho. After a brief prologue depicting the murder of Ocho's policeman father, it is revealed that she has grown up to become a professional gambler. Sex & Fury chronicles Ocho's exploits as she searches for her father's killers, each identified by unique tattoos on their backs a deer, a boar, and a butterfly. Along the way, she also crosses paths with Shonusuke Masataka Naruse, a radical set on murdering prominent politician Kurokawa Seizaburo Kawazu and Christina Christina Lindberg, an American spy posing as a gambler. The various storylines frequently intersect, prompting a dizzying array of plot twists, overheated sex scenes, and gory swordplay. The pulp-heavy storyline is skillfully directed by Norifumi Suzuki, a veteran director of commercial Japanese fare who pumped up such sexy, violent spectacles with surrealistic visual flourishes and stylized sets and costumes. Sex & Fury was followed by Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition and Torture, a sequel helmed by another Japanese exploitation film legend, Teruo Ishii. ~ Donald Guarisco
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Special Features

Audio commentary by Chris D., American cinematheque film programmer and author; Original theatrical trailer; Poster and still galleries; Production notes
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Editorial Reviews

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This dizzying combination of brutal swordplay and softcore sex is a perfect example of Japan's uniquely personalized exploitation cinema. Sex & Fury is packed to the gills with bloody violence and bare flesh, often depicting both at the same time -- one memorable scene features a stark-naked Reiko Ike having a sword fight with countless men in the snow. The bold, explicit of the approach of the filmmakers is likely to scare off most mainstream viewers, but adventurous film fans should note that Sex & Fury isn't the typical exploitation outing. For one, the plot is surprisingly complex for a 90-minute film, weaving together a number of subplots with deft skill, and the story works in some amusing anti-government and anti-big business messages along the way. Sex & Fury further benefits from dazzling direction by Norifumi Suzuki, who uses the pulpy storyline as a springboard for all manner of bizarre visual excesses like a snowfall that transforms into a rain of Japanese playing cards, and the aforementioned scene of naked swordplay in the snow. Finally, and most importantly, Sex & Fury is anchored by the charismatic lead performance of Reiko Ike; the camera loves her and she's tough enough to command respect no matter what bizarre situation she is in. Ultimately, Sex & Fury is most likely too bizarre and excessive for the average viewer, but dedicated fans of grindhouse fare and foreign weirdness will treasure it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2009
  • UPC: 654930309698
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Panik House
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,089

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reiko Ike Inoshika Ocho
Christina Lindberg Christina
Masataka Naruse Shonosuke
Seizaburo Kawazu Kurokawa
Hiroshi Nawa Iwakura
Technical Credits
Noribumi Suzuki Director, Screenwriter
Kanji Amao Producer
Ichiro Araki Score Composer
Taro Bonten Original Story
Isamu Ichida Editor
Masahiro Kakefuda Screenwriter
Motoya Washyo Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sex & Fury
1. Start of Program [3:28]
2. Kanazawa Central Hotel [2:22]
3. A Helping Hand [1:28]
4. Inamura's Gambling House [4:21]
5. Red Snow [2:31]
6. Back in Asakusa [5:04]
7. Mr. Iwakura [3:16]
8. Christina [5:58]
9. The Contest Continues [:08]
10. A Real Virgin [3:29]
11. Spy Training [3:58]
12. Kurokawa's Wife [3:29]
13. Dissidents [:04]
14. The Pact [4:01]
15. A Girl's Etiquette [3:00]
16. The Mission [:04]
17. White Geisha [3:41]
18. Reunited [5:15]
19. Train to Osaka [2:38]
20. Butterfly Revealed [5:07]
21. Midnight Rendezvous [3:01]
22. Rampage [3:04]
23. Revenge [1:35]
24. The End [4:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sex & Fury
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: Japanese Mono
      Commentary With Chris D. - Film Programmer For the American Cinematheque's Japanese Outlaw Master Series
      Subtitles: English - On
      Subtitles: English - Off
   Special Features
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Poster & Still Galleries
         Production Art
         Production Stills
      Director & Star Bios
         Norifumi Suzuki's Bio & Gallery
         Reiko Like Bio & Gallery
         Christina Lindber Bio & Gallery
      Production Notes
      Toei's Bad Girl Cinema - An Essay by Chris D.
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