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Rape: Dark Love (2008) from director of All Night Long
Rape: Dark Love (2008) from director of All Night Long

original Japanese title: RAPE DAKU RABU [Rape: Dark Love]

director: Katsuya Matsumura
starring: Duncan Hitomi Hayasaka Kêsuke Atsuko Miura Hideo Sakaki


Fans of director Katsuya Matsumura's nihilistic sledge-hammer approach to filmmaking know what to expect here. And he delivers it in spades. His obsession with cruelty and the abnormal abuse which people inflict on one another remain his central themes. And oddly, his movies somehow transcend that darkness and become a stoic poetry. So it is with this film. It's ugly, damaged, even irresponsible... but there is a somber honesty that also slips through. For this film, a young woman named Saeke moves from the countryside to Tokyo. She rents an apartment in a "safe" building without knowing that the manager of the leasing company, Mikshiba, has rigged all the units with multiple hidden cameras. But he's not merely a voyeur but also a serial rapist who's been assaulting and killing young women throughout the precinct. There is a reason for his mania [albeit a twisted one] but the explanation will not be revealed here. It's reserved only for people who watch the film.

Before embarking on his ALL NIGHT LONG series, Katsuya Matsumura was a respected, award-winning documentary filmmaker. After graduating from college in 1985, he delivered a film on pollution in Japan's Doroku area which won the grand prize at the Mainichi Film Festival in 1988. That documentary financed ALL NIGHT LONG (1992), a movie for which he won Best Director at the prestigious Yokohama Film Festival. ALL NIGHT LONG 2: ATROCITY was released in 1995, followed by ALL NIGHT LONG 3 in 1996. The fourth installment came in 2002, ALL NIGHT LONG 4: INITIAL O followed by ALL NIGHT LONG 5: R. Mr Matsumura experimented with other horror themes in the years that followed [KIREI: TERROR OF BEAUTY and this critically acclaimed "Rape" film] but he returned to his mantle in 2010 when producer Takashi Shimizu financed a big-budget production of ALL NIGHT LONG 6: ANYONE AT RANDOM.



A Japanese film with English subtitles; widescreen format, uncut (80 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include theatrical trailer.


Nudity/Rape/Graphic Violence/Gore/Sexual Brutality
Recommended For Adult Audiences

Sale Price: $19.50
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