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School Of The Holy Beast

3.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST

Japan's most notorious Nun-Exploitation film: School Of The Holy Beast (Sei Juu Gakuen) directed by sexploitation guru, Norifumi Suzuki, plunges into a maelstrom of hidden torture, secret masochistic desires, and blasphemous rites as Yumi Takigawa takes religious vows to find out what terrible things happened to her mother inside the Sacred Heart Convent. When she finds out - with the help of a lecherous archbishops, a lesbian mother superior and a line-up of fellow nuns ready to whip her (in the films most deliriously over the top scene)with a gauntlet of rose-thorns - hell is loose. Beautifully shot, a shocking unforgetable Masterpiece by the director of "Beautiful Girl Hunter" - Dario Argento meets the Marquis de Sade.

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Japan's Most Notorious Nun-Exploitation film: School of The Holy Beast (Sei Juu Gakuen) directed by sexploitation guru, Norifumi Suzuki, plunges into a maelstrom of hidden torture, secret masochistic desires, and blasphemous rites as Yumi Takigawa takes religious vows to find out what terrible things happened to her mother inside the Sacred Heart Convent. When she finds out – with the help of lecherous archbishops, a lesbian mother superior and a line-up of fellow nuns ready to whip her (in the film's most deliriously over-the-top scene) with a gauntlet of rose-thorns - hell is loose. Beautifully shot, shocking, unforgettable Masterpiece by the director of Beautiful Girl Hunter. – Dario Argento meets the Marquis de Sade.

Special Features:
  • New Transfer For 16x9 TV's
  • Interview With Actress Yumi Takigawa
  • Interview With Critic Risaku Kiridoushi
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe, Ryouko Ima, Harumi Tajima
  • Directors: Noribumi Suzuki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cult Epics
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4F9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "School Of The Holy Beast" on IMDb

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I sat down to view this expecting a typical nunsploitation flick. Sure there is some whipping, torture, lesbianism and even some mention of Satan. But this widescreen, uncut version by Cult Epics is an absorbing and gripping story of demons that lurk within the hearts and minds of humans, not beasts of the holy or unholy kind. Medieval Catholicism mixes with Japanese themes of family, honor and revenge to produce a hot mess that is beautifully presented and mesmerizingly performed. Tumi Takigawa stars as Maya, a young woman who "infiltrates" a convent to discern the truth about her biological mother, a nun who died after giving birth to Maya 18 years before. She encounters greed, lust, subterfuge, hatred, betrayal, corruption, violence and many other vices while navigating the curious caste system of the abbey that pits "choir nuns" against "assistant nuns". Although sometimes over-the-top in its depiction of religious beliefs, it fascinates nonetheless.
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After hearing much about this infamous picture over the years I finally obtained a copy and was pleasantly surprised on several levels - one it's nowhere near as controversial in content than some might suggest. The exploitation elements are there but almost tastefully presented - certainly far more so than in dozens of other Japanese 'Pink' or exploitation films of that period which were frequently way over the top in sadism and often unpleasant torture type scenarios.

"School of the Holy Beast" is a big budget film - beautifully photographed and top drawer in all departments - something this genre isn't always known for (*though Jess Franco's "Love Letters from a Portuguese Nun" would fit into that evaluation I believe). The cast are headed by the stunningly attractive and capable Yumi Takagawa in her first film. Among the extras on the DVD is a wonderfully frank and funny interview with the still gorgeous and utterly charming Takagawa where she explains her run ins with the director over nude scenes she hadn't been made aware of in the script. This video interview is really worth the price of admission alone as she is so utterly bemused that this film above all her other serious achievements later on is held up as her shining piece. A really sweet and delightful lady.

Definitely a must for fans of Jap-sploitation and such - with a lovely anamorphic transfer that nicely captures all of the great art direction and photographic compositions well. And hey, the title alone is fantastic and one of my all time favourite film titles - as is the ad art. A great show of it's genre.
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This nunsploitation classic has no shortage of intrigue, eroticism and striking imagery. No matter how brutal the torture scenes there is always time for some beautiful images - droplets of blood slowly dripping from rose thorns, the soft pink lips of a nun sucking rapturously on another nun's finger, etc. Anyone who has a problem with blasphemous images should probably give it a miss, but there are some thoughtful themes beneath the sensationalistic subject matter and sexploitation fans won't be disappointed.

The special features are pretty basic but informative. In her interview lead actress Yumi Takigawa explains that she really didn't know what she was getting herself in for when she signed up for the film. Then there is an interview with a film critic who helps to place the film in its cultural context.

The picture quality is very good, sharp and colourful.
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A wonderful film - as amazing as Female Prisoner 701 - fantastic visuals - fantastic music - only the Japanese can make such trash with such style. Highly recommended!
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This is probably the best nunsploitation film ever made. Incredible, stylish direction, beautiful cinematography, excellent music and strong atmosphere. The film is powerful, questioning god and christianity. It contains sex, violence and sleaze-everything done with amazing quality, fineness and style. I loved it.
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The beast being the Rasputin look alike priest? Or is it the Mother Superior?

Yes, its sexploitation or nunsploitation, but the lead is avery strong and resourceful woman.

Is there a difference , besides the titles, between the two versions? More material, less?

If you really want to buy, go for the less expensive used 'Convent'
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