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Name: ARROW VIDEO
Number: AV162-BR

HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN (1969) (BLU-RAY)

Cult director Teruo Ishii (Shogun's Joy of Torture, Blind Woman's Curse) presents a nightmarish, hallucinogenic tale drawn from the feverish pen of Japan's celebrated pioneer ofero-guro ("erotic grotesque") literature, Edogawa Rampo. Medical student Hirosuke Hitomi slips out of the asylum in which he has been wrongfully confined and stealthily assumes the identity of a recently deceased nobleman with whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Hirosuke eases his way into the nobleman's household and his dead double's marital bed. But as long-repressed memories begin to bubble to the surface, he soon finds himself drawn to a remote isle where he is confronted by a mad scientist and his malformed men, and discovers the key that will unlock some long-suppressed mysteries of his own. A dark labyrinth of the monstrous and perverse that fuses mystery and horror while incorporating motifs from a myriad of Rampo's tales, Horrors of Malformed Men boasts astonishing carnivalesque art design and haunting performances. Withdrawn from cinemas by its own studio after its original scandalous release nearly fifty years ago, the film is among the very best screen interpretations of the author's macabre brand of horror-fantasy fiction, and a unique oddity of Japanese cult cinema.

Language: Japanese
Run Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1969
Director: Teruo Ishii
Actors: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi

Bonus Materials

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio
Optional English subtitles
Two audio commentaries by Japanese cinema experts Tom Mes and Mark Schilling
Malformed Movies: a new video interview with Toei exploitation movie screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda
Malformed Memories: Filmmakers Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo the Iron Man) and Minoru Kawasaki (The Calamari Wrestler) on the career of director Teruo Ishii
Ishii in Italia: Ishii and Mark Schilling visit the Far East Film Festival
Poster Gallery
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford

  
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