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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV259
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137338581
  • Street Date: 02/23/21
  • PreBook Date: 01/19/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 85 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1968
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Teruo Yoshida
  •       Masumi Tachibana
  •       Fumio Watanabe
  • Director: Teruo Ishii
  • Producer: Kanji Amao
  • Producer: Shigeru Okada
  • Producers: Shigeru Okada
  • Producers: Kanji Amao


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Shogun's Joy Of Torture

From the Debauched Mind of Exploitation Legend Teruo Ishii, an Anthology of Taboo Delights and Horrors!

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From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (Orgies of Edo, Horrors of Malformed Men) comes this infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The first tale sees the beautiful Mitsu (Masumi Tachibana) going to horrifying lengths to tend to her older brother Shinzō (Teruo Yoshida), a carpenter injured in a work accident, but the law catches up on them and metes out a terrifying retribution after they violate the ultimate taboo. In the second, unfettered passions in a Buddhist nunnery are not allowed to go unpunished after abbess Reihō (Yukie Kagawa) and her attendant Rintoku (Naomi Shiraishi) encounter a virile young monk from a neighboring temple. In the closing segment, a sadistic torturer (Fumio Watanabe) attempts to show a tattoo artist (Asao Koike) how to depict convincing expressions of faces of pain in his work by allowing him to sketch a selection of Europeans as they are tortured for entering Japan with the aim of spreading Christianity. Ishii's notorious portmanteau of Edo-era excess signaled a change in direction for a director until then regarded for his crime and yakuza films, setting the ball rolling on the run of grotesque historical anthologies for which he is now best remembered. Vehemently denounced by the critics of the day, Shogun's Joy of Torture set a new benchmark for the depiction of sex, sadism and depravity in Japanese exploitation, with Ishii staging his elaborate torture methods with an unmatched verve and inventiveness.

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
  • Teruo Ishii: Erotic-Grotesque Maestro – an exclusively newly filmed interview with the author Patrick Macias
  • Bind, Torture, Thrill – author and critic Jasper Sharp discusses the history of torture in Japanese exploitation cinema
  • Original trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Schilling

Press Quotes

Teruo Ishii is a fantastic director, a great director! I love Teruo Ishii!

     —Quentin Tarantino

As rough and nasty as the stories turn out, Ishii and his crew endow them with an artistic eye. This is exploitation arthouse at its very best.

     —Inside Pulse

The character studies are often quite fascinating, but viewers had best be prepared for a little blood, gore and smackdown of females along the way. As usual with Arrow's releases, the supplemental package is quite well done... For Ishii fans in particular, this is recommended.


Nihilistic, punishing, but at times strikingly beautiful; Shogun's Joy of Torture is a journey worth taking if you can sail some rather dicey thematic seas!

     —Horror Fuel

Arrow Video has done a fantastic job with a 1080p blu-ray presentation along with several interesting extras.

     —Digital Views


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