Entrails of a Virgin [DVD] [Japanese] [1986]

One of the most controversial Japanese horror films of the 1980s gets a well-crafted translation to disc for this North American DVD release. Shojo no Harawata (aka Entrails of a Virgin) has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in the original Japanese, with optional English-language subtitles. Bonus materials include an interview with the film's director, Gaira, an essay on the use of fogging in Japanese films, and the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

  • New anamorphic (1.78:1) widescreen transfer
  • Original uncut Japanese-language version
  • Newly translated easy-to-read removable subtitles
  • Animated DVD menus
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Part one of a video interview with director Gaira
  • Essay on the Japanese film fogging controversy


Entrails of a Virgin
Kazuo Komizu, again using the pseudonym "Gaira," followed up his graphic 1986 film Bijo No Harawata with this even more lurid amalgam of graphic sex and stomach-churning violence. Three male photographers and their three female models drive down a lonely fog-blanketed road late at night and have to seek shelter in an isolated house, not knowing that a slimy zombie has risen from a nearby swamp and wants to kill them. The six engage in kinky sex games before being murdered in various gory ways. Eyes are popped from skulls, heads are lopped off, a man is hung from a metal hook, and so on. These events drive one of the models so crazy that she begins pleasuring herself with her dead boyfriend's severed arm before she is raped and disemboweled by the enormously endowed swamp monster. Quite a popular item in certain circles, the film's preoccupation with rape and violence toward women, while admittedly beyond the pale by American standards, is common in Japanese exploitation films. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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