Moju / Fruits of Passion

Pete Tombs petetombs
Thu Jun 15 23:52:16 EDT 2000

RED ANGEL was released on video in France a few years ago in a pretty good
widescreen copy subtitled in French. I've seen it in a few shops there
recently so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

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Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: Moju / Fruits of Passion

> >It was directed in 1969 by Yasuzo Masumura, a director that I know
>absolutely nothing about. A blind sculptor captures a girl and
> Thanks to some relatively high profile screenings in the US, it looked for
a while like Masumura might be "discovered" in the way that Seijun Suzuki
was.  (Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader wrote, "It was like
discovering Sam Fuller or Frank Tashlin for the first time, and it proved
yet again that there are more important and interesting movies out there in
the netherworld than we imagine.")  Masumura was an assistant of some kind
to Mizoguchi before directing his own films that sound a lot like
deliberately lurid, quasi-political, pop-art-ish B-movies.  Unfortunately,
the only one that I know for sure that's been released in the US is "Razor
2: The Snare" which is a minor work by any standard.
> If anybody's got decent tapes of "Red Angel" or "Giants and Toys" or
"Hoodlum Soldier" etc please let me know.
>  LT

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