Joy of Torture 2: Shogun’s Sadism (1976)

AKA: The Joy of Torture 2: Oxen Split Torturing; Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei
Directed by: Yuji Makiguchi
Starring: Yusuke Kazato (Sasaki), Rena Uchimura (Toyo)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:16:44
Genres: Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Sexual Activity with Animals, Religion, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
Shogun’s Sadism is set during the Shogun Era in Japan and has two stories from the 1600s and 1800s. In the first story, Sasaki a samurai falls in love with Toyo, a woman he later discovers to be Christian. This was in a time-period when Christians were persecuted in Japan. Sasaki’s master and feudal lord is a sadist and proceeds to torment the couple brutally.

Shogun’s Sadism doesn’t let up on the torture. The movie opens with a woman being boiled in a cauldron and the torture just goes on and on. In the second story about a petty conman who falls in love with a prostitute, dark comedic elements are introduced to complement the torture and induce a few chuckles.

Shogun’s Sadism was marketed as The Joy of Torture 2 and aptly lives up to its title. Scenes include, a pilloried man’s head sawn off, a woman ripped apart by a couple of bulls, forced abortion and sexual torture involving a couple of dogs.

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