Muscle

 

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.

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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.

(Source: imdb.com)

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Original Title: Kurutta Butokai

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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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