Akasen Chitai

Akasen Chitai (aka Streets of Shame) (1956)

Akasen Chitai (aka Streets of Shame) first published by Film4, 9 June 2008 Summary: Kenji Mizoguchi’s final film examines the state of prostitution in Japan at a time of shifting mores. Review: “For all the high moral purpose – they tell us this film was made as propaganda in the campaign to ban legal prostitution in Japan…

Salon

Salon Kitty (1976)

Salon Kitty first published by Movie Gazette, April 2005 Berlin at the outbreak of World War II. Following orders from his superiors which he hopes to turn to his own political advantage, SS Officer Helmut Wallenberg (Helmut Berger) establishes a brothel for use by Nazi officials and foreign dignitaries, and selects a group of twenty…

Eden

Eden (2012)

Eden first appeared in Sight & Sound, August 2013 Synopsis:1994, New Mexico. 18-year-old Korean-born American Hyun-Jae is picked up in a bar by a handsome fireman, realising too late that his uniform is as fake as her ID. Abducted and drugged, she wakes in a storage facility in the Nevada desert, where she and others…

Seasoning

The Seasoning House (2012)

The Seasoning House first appeared in Sight & Sound, July 2013 Synopsis: The Balkans, 1996. Abducted during the Bosnian War by Goran and his militiamen after witnessing them murder her mother, a deaf-mute girl is now captive in a brothel. Its owner Viktor calls her ‘Angel’, and protects her from having to service other men, but…

Seasoning

The Seasoning House (2012)

Review first published as part of FrightFest 2012 coverage for LWLies. Not just the opening film of this year’s FrightFest, The Seasoning House also marks the debut (as both director and co-writer) of Paul Hyett, who has been furnishing prosthetics and SFX to British horror films for years – although here, unlike in his work on The Descent and…