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Flowers of Evil

Aku no Hana
dir. Noboru Iguchi
Japan 2019, 127’
International premiere
Japan 2019
Duration: 127’
director: Noboru Iguchi
screenplay: Mari Okada (na podstawie mangi Shuzo Oshimi)
cinematography: Shin Hayasaka
cast: Kentaro Ito, Tina Tamashiro, Marie Iitoyo, Shiori Akita
producer: Yoshihiro Nagata, Hideyuki Wakuta
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

At first glance Kasuga is a calm, intelligent student, a fond reader of once scandalizing "Flowers of Evil" by Baudelaire (which is a kind of pose, though). The boy lives in a little town at Japanese province and has a crush on the beautiful Saeki, which, however, he does not dare to tell her. His impulse to take home the girl’s gym uniform unleashes an avalanche of dramatic events. As it turns out, Nakamura, a disliked class outsider distanced to everyone, witnessed the theft. The girl blackmails both Kasuga and Saeki into her dangerous game. The fates of the trio will now intertwine in a perverse embrace, which will reveal their unexpected new faces and determine their future lives.

The faithful adaptation of Shuzo Oshimi’s manga (which also had an anime version) is a naughty fairy tale about unpredictability of human nature and discovering one’s own needs while growing up. The tone of the tale oscillates from one extreme to another and everything is presented in strong vibrant colours. Such a mixture can only be found in Japanese cinema.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Noboru Iguchi

A director and screenwriter born in 1969. He began his career in 1990s as a director of porno films. His "Kurushime-san" of 1997, which combined horror and black comedy, revealed his interest in extreme genre cinema. The titles of his next films confirmed this passion – his filmography contains "A Larva to Love", "Cat-Eyed Boy", famous "The Machine Girl" about a girl with an arm replaced with a machine gun, "Zombie Ass" and  "Karate-Robo Zaborgar" presented at Five Flavours 5th edition.

Selected filmography:

1997 Kenben
2006 Przebrany za dziewczynę / Fundoshi Corps 2 / Oira sukeban
2008 Dziewczyna - maszyna / The Machine Girl / Kataude mashin garu
2009 Gejsza - robot / Robo-geisha
2012 Deddo sushi / Dead Sushi
2016 Kinema junjou / Devotion to Cinema
2017 Sureibumen / Slavemen

Festival guests

Noboru Iguchi


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