Directed by: Hideshi Hino
Starring: Hideshi Hino, Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yugao
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Sexual-Violence against Women, Snuff, Insects, Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Serial Killers
Plot – Spoilers:
The second in the Guinea Pig series gets more into gore territory.
Hideshi Hino (real-life manga artist) receives a snuff tape depicting the brutal murder of a woman along with a long letter from a self-proclaimed fan of his work. Hideshi proceeds to add some material to the footage which becomes Flower of Flesh & Blood.
The received tape shows a man (actually played Hideshi Hino) injecting a kidnapped woman with a combination of drugs that causes her to lose the sensation of pain. He then sordidly disembodies her systematically before gouging out her eyeballs. That’s it. Over 40 sordid minutes. The effects are pretty great for a 1985 movie especially when you consider how many gore movies nowadays are made with inferior realism.
Flower of Flesh & Blood gained notoriety in 1991 when Charlie Sheen watched it and sent it to the FBI believing it to be a real snuff film. How he managed to feel that way, only he knows, but it eventually led to the series being shut down (Six films had been produced by then). The producer of the films was anyway already under investigation by the Japanese police and had to release a ‘making of’ to prove the films were works of fiction.
Flower of Flesh & Blood achieved further notoriety and criticism when it was claimed that Japanese serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki who cut off the hands and feet of his child-victims was inspired by this movie. This claim was later dismissed, though another Guinea Pig movie was found among the video collection at his home