This Laboratory of the Devil sales brochure, used to sell the film to potential distributors at global film markets, is using sizzle to sell a sausage that never tasted as good as its parent. Still, it was worth the trip from an exploitation perspective.
It's the sequel to TF Mous' one-of-a-kind Man Behind the Sun, an authentic atrocity exhibition that used Japan's 731 camp as its launching place and managed to be both a fascinating historical document and a balls-to-the-wall piece of exploitation.
Elekton Ebooks (elektron-ebooks.com) is selling the electronic version of Stephen Barber's Sadists of the Rising Son, an in-depth look at the camp and its gloomy history.
Mous, director of the original, did not return for this or the third entry.
The film is also known as Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil, and the third film is known as Maruta 3: Destroy All Evidence and A Narrow Escape. Neither title can extinguish its stench.