Môjû aka Blind Beast – Yasuzo Masumura – 1969

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Môjû is one of the many films based on a story by Edogawa Rampo. Rampo was Japan’s foremost writer of tales of mystery and imagination, actually Edogawa Rampo is a pseudonym for Taro Hirai and is really a Japanisation of Edgar Allan Poe.

The film opens in an art gallery featuring an artists works inspired by one model. The model comes to the gallery and finds a blind man caressing the statue of her that is the centre of the exhibit. Later she calls a masseuse to her room and it turns out to be the same man. He chloroforms her and, with the help of his mother kidnaps her and takes her to his studio, a giant warehouse space filled with large sculptures of human body parts and two gigantic bodies made from materials that feel like skin. They live entirely in the dark and the artists goal is to revolutionize the art world by focusing everything on the sensation of touch.

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The artist’s intention is to keep the girl there as his muse and he begins to sculpt her. Trying to find ways to escape, the girl senses the Oedipal relationship between the artist and his mother and uses this to her advantage. A confrontation and a struggle ensues and the mother is killed. The artist flies into a rage and his former impotence appears to be gone as he rapes the girl repeatedly…..and then it gets weird…..

Over time, from being locked up in the dark, the girls eyeballs atrophy and she goes blind as well. She begins to understand the artists world and they fall into a spiral of touch and feeling that can’t be satisfied. They experiment further and further into dangerous territory searching for the ultimate sensory experience until the film reaches it’s inevitable conclusion.

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