School Of The Holy Beast
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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 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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"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.
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.
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'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're searching for great nunpoiltation drama, try Story of A Cloistered Nun, this Japanese take while being an OK way to pass time leaves something to be desired.Published 21 months ago by Hwang
<strong>Seijû Gakuen</strong> (Noribumi Suzuki, 1974)
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