Thursday, October 18, 2012

Koji Wakamatsu RIP

Koji Wakamatsu, one of the few directors who never made a star-studded, audience-pleasing piece of commercial shit, has died. He was struck by a taxi cab and never fully recovered from his injuries.

He was 76 and made 100 movies.

I've written extensively on Mr. Wakamatsu on this blog, so I won't regurgitate the familiar.

An utterly unique filmmaker, he kowtowed to no motherless fuck and bravely railed against authority and authority figures, always presenting sex, politics, and violence -- and sometimes a combination of all three -- as intrinsic to life and our primal drives.

Every Wakamatsu film was a scream of outrage, of protest, at the way governments, figures of authority,  and media strive to pervert and destroy our basic natures.

Unlike 99% of all human beings, Wakamatsu gave a shit by not giving a fuck what people thought of him.

His work was a pure expression of his soul.

I admired and related to him so much. 

RIP, Koji.

A major bone from cinema's skeleton has been removed, and with that, so has a big, bloody chunk of hope.

Fuck it! Can't believe you're gone, Koji. 

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My favorites of his:  

Go Go Second Time Virgin, Naked Bullet, The Man Who Assaulted 13 People, Violent Virgin
United Red Army, Caterpillar, Running in Madness Dying in Love, High Noon Rape
Violence Without A Cause, Dark Story of a Japanese Rapist, 
The Embryo Hunts in Secret, Sex Jack, Torture Chronicles: 100 Years 
Ecstasy of the Angels





  1. What a shame. I have not seen any of his films. Caterpillar and United Red Army are available for instant streaming from Netflix, which, despite the video quality, is pretty cool. The titles of his movies are excellent. I want to ask a staff member of a video store, "Do you have these moviess: High Noon Rape, Dark Story of a Japanese Rapist, Violent Virgin, and The Man Who Assaulted 13 People?" Are there any region-coded box sets of his films?

  2. jervaise brooke hamsterOctober 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    76, so if the geezer hadn`t been hit by the taxi he might have lived for another 20 years and made another 5 or 6 of those kinds of movies that you like watching, the taxi driver was probably a talentless fart who never made a film in his life, theres no justice ! ! !.

  3. Jesse W -- the French company, Blaq Out, recent recently three box sets of his movies. The 2nd and 3rd are English-subbed.

    Here's a link:

    Unfortunately, the titles you mentioned above, are not in the box sets. They're available from more dubious sources.

  4. jervaise brooke hamsterOctober 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Phantom, i apologize that this doesn`t relate to the current post but i just watched "Nights of Cabiria" and "La Strada" on YouTube and fell madly in love with Giulietta Masina. What a sweet, sweet, sweet little bird she was when she was younger, an absolute little dream-come-true.