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Blind Beast (1969)

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Blind Beast

Yasuzo Masumura | Japan | 1969 | R18+


Wed 4 Sep 2024

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Famously dubbed a “sick film” by Variety, Masumura’s gorgeous grotesquerie follows the spiral of degradation – or, perhaps, liberation – which ensues once the titular sculptor (Eiji Funakoshi) abducts an unwilling muse (Mako Midori) and imprisons her in his macabre, strikingly set-designed and deliriously symbolic warehouse studio. Variously called “outlandish”, “freakish”, “nutty” and “bizarre”, it leavens the horror with liberal doses of tongue-in-cheek silliness. Based on the novel by Edogawa Rampo, sometimes considered the “Japanese Edgar Allen Poe”.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Kadokawa
Runtime: 86 mins

Event duration

86 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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