Ryuzaki, an editor of Muscle Magazine, which features photographs of men with sculpted bodies, becomes involved with a man named Kitami; their affair soon becomes dominated by sadomasochistic games, with a horrid result. Jump ahead one year, Ryuzaki is released from jail and goes in search of Kitami, perhaps to make amends.



This movie deals with obsessions, both sexual and otherwise (but mostly sexual), only now from a gay point of view and relatively straightforward. The male editor and photographer of a muscle magazine (which his boss readily admits is ‘a good excuse for looking at hard bodies’) falls in love with a beautiful young man who performs in a fascinating experimental play. Their relationship starts off tenderly but soon turns sour when the younger man reveals sadistic tendencies his partner cannot contend with. Following a particularly grueling sex session involving involuntary bloodletting, the photographer lops off his boyfriend’s arm with a samurai sword ! After a year in prison, he’s still obsessing over his lost love (whose arm he’s still keeping in a jar by his bed !) and tries to track him down. Considering he’s a one-armed hustler, this is not as easy as you might think.


The trailer for the movie is unavailable but you can watch this:

Original Title: Kurutta Butokai


Language: Japanese

Country: Japan

Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Director: Hisayasu Satô

Stars: Kiyomi Itô, Takeshi Itô, June 

Run time: 60 min 

Release: 1989

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