Horrors of Malformed Men
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* New, fully restored, anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei's original vault elements
* Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
* Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling
* MALFORMED MEMORIES, an all-new, half-hour documentary featuring interviews with cult film directors and Ishii fans Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO THE IRON MAN) and Minoru Kawasaki (THE CALAMARI WRESTLER), plus comments from Teruo Ishii himself
* ISHII IN ITALIA, the director's 2003 visit to the Far East Film Festival
* Original Japanese theatrical trailer
* Teruo Ishii poster gallery
* Director and writer biographies
* Liner notes by Japanese film writers Patrick Macias, Tomo Machiyama and Jasper Sharp
* Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork
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Based on stories by Edogawa Rampo (Black Lizard, Watcher in the Attic, Rampo Noir, Blind Beast, Gemini, Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf)
Starring Teruo Yoshida (Goke - Bodysnatcher from Hell), Minoru Oki (Shogun Assassin), Tatsumi Hijikata (founder of butoh dance in Japan), Yukie Kagawa (Female Convict Scorpion - Jailhouse 41), and Asao Koike (The Yakuza Papers).
Top Customer Reviews
An insane asylum, psychadelic dancers in silver body paint, siamese twins, a pond full of beautiful naked women who are fed from a boat like so many koi, a bizarre family mystery, matching swastika scars on the feet of two different men -one alive and one dead, second-hand cannibalism via crustacean, women sewed to sheep, an island of custom made freaks, an murder scene that was ripped off wholesale for use in a James Bond film (You Only Live Twice), and a revenge plot so insanely convoluted that it must have influenced Oldboy are just some of the head-spinning madness "The Horrors of Malformed Men" has to offer.
The sensational cover of the DVD is extremely misleading, but it got me to watch the film so who's to argue? Fans of Takashi Miike are urged to buy this film ASAP and cult cinema/grindhouse afficianados should consider this a must-see as well. The gore is less than one would think, but there is plenty of sex, bizarre visuals, and insane and disturbing material here to make this a memorable experience for any exploitation fan. The only drawback is the poor makeup. But again, we are talking about a foreign film from the 1960's here so don't let that stop you from snapping this forgotten gem up.
To me the whole thing feels like the predecessor to the films of Takashi Miike or Katsuhito Ishii. Unlike others I didn't find it a masterpiece of horror but at least Shinya Tsukamoto agrees that its goofy blast.
Rent the film yourself to judge - don't believe this clown's review.
The film's 'mad doctor,' Jogoro Komoda (Tatsumi Hijikata in a wonderfully bizarre film-stealing performance), who kidnaps and deforms innocent men and women so as to surround himself with literal reflections his own emotional scars and psychosis, is the maddest mad doctor in the long history of world cinema. Compared to Komoda, H.G. Wells' Dr. Moreau, as depicted in both the original novel and by Charles Laughton in the 'Island of Lost Souls film' adaptation of 1933, is a paragon of virtue, benevolence, and rationality.
Komodo joins the very upper ranks of nefarious screen villains, such as Eleanor Iselin (Angela Lansbury) in John Frankenheimer's 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962) and Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' (1986).
The first half of 'Horrors of Malformed Men' is a conservatively-produced drama concerned with the mysteries of identity and memory: Hirosuke Hitomi (Teruo Yoshida) awakens in an insane asylum, suffering from amnesia and surrounded by rioting female inmates. Escaping, Hirosuke discovers that a prominent citizen, who resembles him exactly, has just been murdered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I, too, feel something may have been "lost in translation" with this one. Not literally, but, culturally and without a contemporary context. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by W Mianecke
Teruo Ishii is a genious. This is one of the best and most unique films ever. Truly bizzare, erotic and fascinating. You have to see it to believe it!! Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by BILL
The first twenty minutes of this movie were really interesting, and the next two hours were equal parts meandering, bizarrely comical, and redundant. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by Amanda J. Henning
If you make a film involving cruel experimentation on animals, you are bound to face some serious backlash. The movie will most likely get banned in several countries. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by C. Christopher Blackshere
DEMENTED, DERANGED, DISTURBED, DELIGHTFUL - THIS IS TERUO ISHII, NOT AKIRA KUROSAWA - YOU EITHER GET IT OR YOU DON`T. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by 4-Legged Defender
This is super boring and not very shocking at all. Sex? None. Sure there is nudity, but it's all like a few Japanese folk singers ate some pot brownies and decided to take up... Read morePublished on April 28, 2008 by Jason A. Greeno
Short and sweet: This movie was probably the worst pick of any film Synapse could have invested their time into, putting out such a lacklustre release. Read morePublished on November 23, 2007 by 42nd Street Deuce
Eight years before the original The Island of Dr. Monreau director/ writer Teruo Ishii gives viewers Horrors of the Malformed Men, a much darker film that is still banned in... Read morePublished on November 16, 2007 by Mike Liddell