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Kichiku Dai Enkai

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1970s Japan, and Aizawa, leader of a small left-wing political student group has been arrested. With him behind bars, the group is taken over by Masami, his girlfriend. But when Aizawa commits suicide in jail, Masami's tenuous grip on the group explodes in a blinding fury of paranoia and bloody violence.


Special Features

  • Introduction by Tom Mes
  • Making of
  • Reaction to Kichiku
  • Original interviews with director, cameraman, and four lead actors
  • Original trailer
  • Biographies and filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Sumiko Mikami, Shunsuke Sawada, Toshiyuki Sugihara, Shigeru Bokuda
  • Directors: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Magic
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEUVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kichiku Dai Enkai" on IMDb

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lizard on October 5, 2005
Format: DVD
Basically it shows a group of students as a reflection of society leading a hive mentality. Follow the leader. Do what leader says because leader is in charge and knows everything...even when leader is a psycho. It's NOT pure gore for gore's sake, but it honestly has a message how the hive mentality can lead to total annihilation. For a group...or an entire nation. Actually the main leader is in jail, and he leaves his girlfriend in charge. The main leader commits suicide. From that point she really goes wacko and leads the group to pure self destruction. And they all listen and obey her cause she's in charge...

The plot is well understood--not defragmented like a lot of asian horror--but very clear and precise. The story develops very nicely...and there is plenty of pure GORE to satisfy the true-blue horror fan. The special gore effects are really great. All in one bundle. I LOVED IT!!!

This is to be watched...and watched again!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on July 18, 2005
Format: DVD
Kichiku Dai Enkai ("Banquet of the Beasts) is a vicious, brutal, nasty, psyche-scarring flick that sneaks up on you from the woods over to your left, lets you enjoy your little mid-afternoon snack, waits until you curl up for a nap, and then pounces, tearing out your viscera and shoving them down your throat.

It's that kind of movie. If "Kichiku" were a dog, it would be a large, faithful family hound, maybe a Black Lab or a St. Bernard, known for its even-tempered disposition. It would be good with kids. It would be friendly and huge and totally reliable. It would even be a little timid.

And then, all Stevie King's 'Cujo'-style, it would get rabies, go apesh*t, and decide to turn your neck into 100% ground beef by way of its super-masticating choppers.

It is 1969, Japan: a staid society is in turmoil as radicalized students stage protests, shut down the universities, and riot, rebel, grow their hair, and---those steeped in the darker shadows of the Counterculture, anyway---foment bloody rebellion.

Some more so than others, including the shadowy Aizawa's revolutionary gang, because if a movement for Progressive Social Change is about anything at all, it's about Justice, Freedom, Equality, and the right to go Jim Jones on your camp followers, fold, spindle, mangle and mutilate them, and sample their brains and guts. Right?

Right! Pol Pot and Mao Tse-Tung didn't go all soft and weepy over cracking a few souls for the good of the People, did they?

Neither does Miyame, girlfriend of jailed gang leader Aizawa, who has now taken total power over the gang. Aizawa dispatches henchman Fujiwara to check in on his little group, and to bear tidings of the Fearless Leader's imminent release from prison.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Renfield on July 24, 2005
Format: DVD
I caught this on TV at 9:00 PM last night-I thought it was interesting-yet, I found it stomach turnign! I totally had trouble trying to eat (because of the excessive gore)and about halfway through: I nearly threw up! I thought the storyline was neat though.-but I LOVED IT!

STORY: A leftist group leader in 70's Japan has been jailed- but then the girlfreind takes over as leader. Then one day, the group and the leader discover that He has committed suicde, so the group erupst into violent acts that leave Japan covered ith blood. Theres a storyline with out spoilers.

Thoughts: A great movie! I totally reccomend it to not oly gorehounds, but also to people who love asian movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on February 5, 2010
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Whoa. Director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri has officially graduated to the bloody big leagues. Kichiku dai Enkai (Banquet of the Beasts) was his student project, and has now become a violent cult classic. Although this graphic, low budget project has unfortunately remained obscure, it did recieve astounding critical acclaim in several film festivals.

Kichiku has a thin political backdrop, derived from a documentary the director watched as a kid. The timeframe is in the late 60's/early 70's, when some left wing students with violent political ideas made plans to overthrow the government. This film concentrates on the turmoil within the group. Their tyrannical ways explode as paranoia mounts and frenzy blinds their ambition. Brutal repurcussions as friends turn against friends. Absolute chaos.

The beginning of this film is slow paced, as it tracks the group's slow regression into a state of violent hysteria. Miyame is the psychotic female leader that uses sex to manipulate and mold the group to do her bidding. In the second half, the mayhem explodes like you've never seen. The group's plans unravel into some severe distrust, betrayal, anarchy, torture, and cold-blooded murder. The violence pounds your senses like a jackhammer, some really gruesome special effects that will make even the jaded gorehound wince. There is some over-the top blood spewage and decapitations that will give you quite a jolt.

I will admit, Kichiku dai Enkai is far from perfect. It's main weakness is the first half, where some plot elements could have been better thought out. Some of the characters motivations aren't explained very well. But the extreme violence in the second half makes you forget all that. Simply put, this is one of the most wickedly brutal and disturbing pieces ever committed to celluloid. Low budget cinema at it's absolute finest.
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