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Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood and Madness in Japanese Cinema (Creation Cinema Collection) Perfect Paperback – 21 Oct 1998

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An important overview of the more extreme milestones in an often misunderstood field. -- Bizarre

jam-packed with information and fantastic film stills...an essential book on underground Japanese cinema and its culture -- Book Soup, California March 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Left me hungry for more substantial food... 6 Feb. 2003
By Sheckie Green - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a highly distressing book. For as much information as the reader discovers, the sense of lacking mounts, creating more questions than this book has means, or intent, to answer. It is best to think of Eros in Hell as a primer for the reader interested in getting a taste of extremism in Japanese cinema. The high points of the book include the chapter on Koji Wakamatsu and the "underground" films of Shinya Tsukamoto, Shojin Fukui, et. al. Meanwhile, the rest of the book founders under the weight of excessive footnotes¹, goofy interviews of Japanese filmmakers by Parisian photographer Romain Slocombe² and a pedantic chapter covering the minutia of Nagisa Oshima's AI NO CORRIDA (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES).
For readers with more than a passing interest in the Japanese New Wave Cinema, I recommend picking up David Desser's Eros plus Massacre (named after Yoshishige Yoshida's film). Hampered by its aggressively wide scope and passive acceptance of misogyny, Eros in Hell does a terrific job of stressing the need for a comprehensive look at the radical reaches of Japanese Cinema. (ISBN: 1871592933)
¹ All of the footnotes in Eros in Hell would work much better if integrated into the text.
² Slocombe is best known for his photographs of Asian girls in bandages and, apparently, he feels a need to bring up his fetish with everyone to whom he speaks.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for bedtime reading 18 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent book offers an in-depth account of porn films in Japan, with an emphasis on films that feature both sex and violence/gore. The photos included are fantastic, although some of them are difficult to make out the details. The text is easy to read, although I wish the publisher had used a better font.
A good companion book to "Babylon Blue".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't your run-o-the-mill coffee table book 25 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Attention to anyone who wants the most in depth insight into japanese shock cinema that money can buy. This is a neat book with everything you wanted to know about japanese films featuring bizarre sex and violence in a world where there is no deliniation between the two. Good info and terrific pictures, this one is sure to be the hit of the tea party.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explore Japanese cinema without boundaries 1 July 2002
By Raye Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
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Jack Hunter states in his introduction that one of the only things that Japanese cinema bans is the depiction of genitalia, and states that this sole barrier has brought something that is lacking in the West: an absence of boundaries.
For his book, Hunter has chosen to explore blood, sex and madness as themes running through Japanese films. For the average film viewer, chances are the only film they will have seen or heard of in this book is "In the Realm of the Senses." For the Japanese film connoisseur, this book is one of THE handbooks.
Chapters detail film genres along with specific directors who have shaped the modern Japan film industry. There are also tons of black and white pictures, showing personalities as well as scenes from the many movies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Japanese extreme cinema 11 Sept. 2003
By Scott C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Another entry in Creation Book's excellent collection of cinema exploration is "Eros in Hell," which gives the reader an introduction to the bloody world of Japanese extreme cinema, from the "pink" period (adult films) of the 1960s to the extreme gore of the notorious "Guinea Pig" series. Although it certainly would have benefited for a more in-depth examination of the subject, writer Jack Hunter does cover a lot of important milestones, from the early pioneers of Japanese extreme cinema to the independent filmmakers of today.
Japanese culture is complicated and full of paradoxes, and those paradoxes are reflected in the films highlighted in "Eros."
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