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Horse and Woman and Dog
Horse and Woman and Dog.jpg
Theatrical poster for Horse and Woman and Dog (1990) in its 2003 re-release title, Horse and Dog and Lady
Directed by Hisayasu Satō[1]
Written by Shirō Yumeno
Starring Kanako Kishi
Music by Sō Hayakawa
Cinematography Masashi Inayoshi
Edited by Shōji Sakai
Distributed by Media Top
Shintōhō
Release dates May, 1990
Running time 58 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Horse and Woman and Dog (馬と女と犬 Uma to Onna to Inu?) aka Horse and Dog and Lady (馬と犬と貴婦人 Uma to Inu to Kifujin?) and Poaching by the Water or Poaching by the Water's Edge (密猟の汀 Mitsuryō no Migiwa?) is a 1990 Japanese pink film directed by Hisayasu Satō.

Synopsis[edit]

Three social outcasts who live near the seaside interact with each other in increasingly disturbing ways. The trio of characters are a woman who has killed her sister, a man who enjoys necrophilia, and a female amnesiac. The first woman engages in sadistic pursuits such as capturing young women at the beach to force them to engage in sexual activities, including copulation with a horse and a dog.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Usually concerned with the alienation of modern urban life, Horse and Woman and Dog was the first of director Satō's films to have a non-urban setting, though his dark and disturbing style remained.[4] Satō originally named the film Poaching By The Water, but Shintōhō, the distributing company, chose to promote the scenes of bestiality in advertising, and gave it the more specific title Horse and Woman and Dog.[4] Such renaming by studios is common in the pink film industry.[5] Kanako Kishi's sex scenes with animals created a good deal of controversy and resultant publicity.[6] Shintōhō's strategy paid off, and the film became a scandalous success, and, according to the studio's website, one of the top hits in Shintōhō's history.[3][7]

In his Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema, Jasper Sharp singles out the opening scene of Horse and Woman and Dog as an example of Satō's technique for placing the audience at an uncomfortable position as viewers of his films. The sadistic woman is applying make-up to her face while looking into the mirror of a compact. As the sounds of a young girl's screams become more audible, the woman tilts the mirror so that her face is looking directly into the audience. Sunglasses prevent the audience from fully understanding how it is to interpret the woman's gaze.[8] In their Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films, the Weissers give Horse Woman and Dog a qualified—due to the extreme nature of the film—rating of three out of four stars.[4] The success of Horse and Woman and Dog led Satō to film a second bestiality-themed film the following year, Lady of the Stable (aka WAVE, 1991).[9][10]

Cast[edit]

  • Kanako Kishi (岸加奈子) as Yūko Hayakawa[1][7][11]
  • Yuri Sasaki (佐々木ゆり) as Maki Yano
  • Emi Uehara (上原絵美) as Norie Kiyama
  • Tatsuya Takahashi (高橋達也) as Akihisa Tsuda
  • Takahiko Kobayashi (小林節彦) as Shin Kijima
  • Kazuhiro Sano as Akira Migita

Availability[edit]

Horse and Woman and Dog was released theatrically in May 1990.[12] It was released to home video in the VHS format in 1999.[13] On November 11, 2003, it was re-released under the title Horse and Dog and Lady.[14] On July 14, 2008, Shintōhō made the film available through their online AV on Demand service at XCity.[15]

Bibliography[edit]

English[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "馬と女と犬" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 469–470. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  3. ^ a b Firsching, Robert. "Uma To Onna To Inu". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ a b c Weisser, p. 469.
  5. ^ Weisser, p. 457.
  6. ^ Weisser, p. 470.
  7. ^ a b "馬と女と犬" (in Japanese). Shintōhō homepage. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2010-04-15. "新東宝映画史上ナンバーワンといってもいいほどのヒットを記録した話題作でもあった。" 
  8. ^ Sharp, pp. 266-267.
  9. ^ Weisser, p. 472.
  10. ^ Sharp, p. 264.
  11. ^ Sharp, p. 357.
  12. ^ "馬と女と犬". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  13. ^ "馬と女と犬 (VHS)" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  14. ^ "2003" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  15. ^ "2008年7月追加分" (in Japanese). Xcity. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 

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