4/3/11

Tokugawa Onna Keizu (1968)

Tokugawa Onna Keizu
Tokugawa Onna Keizu marks the beginning of Teruo Ishii's turn towards the depraved Japanese genre known as pinky violence or bad girl action films, a genre he is recognized as having created.  This film has lots of the pinky but hardly any violence.  His next film Tokugawa Onna Keibatsu-shi, also known as The Joy of Torture, is really where graphic violence is married to gratuitous nudity and the pinky violence genre becomes established.

The shogun is a bit of a pervert.  He wants to find a woman who will love him for who he is and not because he's the shogun but he has trouble finding one.  After witnessing a mole on the inner left thigh of one of the girls in his harem, he becomes obsessed with having her.  The other girls become jealous and threatened by the shogun's affections towards this birthmarked girl because she could produce a male heir and therefore become his favorite.  They hold her down and burn the mole off.  He loses interest in the whole mole thing.

Next, after watching a topless sumo competition amongst the harem girls he becomes enamored with the small but adorable winner played by Yukie Kagawa.  She teaches him some bedroom judo but, after talking in her sleep, the shogun learns she once slept with a monk and he becomes enraged.  She kills herself by biting off her tongue.

"I pooted."
A noble woman staying at his residence is spotted peeing in the bushes and he falls for her.  Eventually she gets pregnant but the shogun isn't sure if the child is his or was fathered by one of his daimyo.  He doesn't know whether to discard her like the other lovers or accept the unborn child and mother into his family.  After forcing himself on several other women, he does some soul searching and realizes that he has been kind of a dick.

Because this is a Teruo Ishii film, it isn't just about the shogun getting it on with his harem girls.  It has depth and makes you reflect on the human condition, about what is important in life, about personal duty and honor.  Tokugawa Onna Keizu can be slow at times and is definitely lacking in violence but it's a beautiful movie and I recommend seeing it.  It will make you think about stuff, and stuff.

Violence Rating:  1 out of 5
Booby Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Here is the shogun wrestling with his demons:

25 comments:

LoneIslander said...

Doesn't look too good but I would watch it for a laugh.

D4 said...

"After forcing himself on several other women, he does some soul searching and realizes that he has been kind of a dick." Funniest review in a while. I really want to see this now.

thenitefalls said...

I'm eager to watch this movie it seems like a film that makes you think deep. Don't get me the wrong the visuals are very nice too :D

Malkavian said...

hahahaha im with D4 so he rapes a few girls and then hes like "Well im being kind of a creep" if only life where as easy as this.

Colin B said...

FIVE OUT OF FIVE? i'll take 3 copies

consuela bananahammoc said...

I want to see the movie!

Questions said...

Love these types of films.

Moob said...

id watch this

G said...

nice looking film :)

Shutterbug said...

What's horizontal judo?

PvtCarlin said...

Looks like more of an asian porno but hey, I'm not here to judge.

Rabidmoose said...

That's a pretty interesting plot.

ed said...

can one really kill themselves by biting off their tongue?

Jay.CA said...

my kind of film. yeah!

Tasos said...

This actually looks/sounds pretty good. If I get the chance to watch it, I won't say no (and it's not only because of the booby rating :D)

Sam said...

Haha my kind of film too

The Angry Lurker said...

I'd watch this and it's also got a good booby score.

Alphabeta said...

What Angry Lurker said - looks pretty funny. Plus boobies!

Patti D. said...

A pervert shogun? sounds like a weird plot.

Devon Davidson said...

Topless sumo wrestling = 4.5/5?

Hmm....

Banacek said...

@Devon Davidson Yes, just because of the topless sumo...

Banacek said...

@ed This seems to be a common form of suicide in old Asian films. I'm not sure how effective it actually is.

Banacek said...

@PvtCarlin Yep, it's very much like Japanese softcore porn.

Thatoneguy said...

It looks decent. May be worth the watch.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Sounds epically weird with just the right dash of wasabi, I will be on the lookout for this. How did you even find it, man? The Pirate b..err..net flix Costa Rica is coming up blank..

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