films seen
27/108
average score
2.68*
nationality
Japan - 76 years old
status
R.I.P.
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Prolific madman director who made low-budget erotic cinema his own, hijacking it as a playground for experimentation and injecting it with strong political ideals. One of the greatest classical directors out there, with an oeuvre spanning half a century.

The good stuff

Go, Go Second Time Virgin poster

Go, Go Second Time Virgin

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Yuke Yuke Nidome no Shojo
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 65 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw poster

Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
17-Sai no Fukei - Shonen wa Nani o Mita
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 89 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

A film that slows you down for the course of its running time and leaves you with something to think about while looking at impressive imagery and striking you with an impressive soundtrack

Solid pieces

Petrel Hotel Blue poster

Petrel Hotel Blue

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Kaien Hoteru · Burû
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 84 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Caterpillar poster

Caterpillar

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Kyatapirâ
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 85 mins
Genre
Drama, War
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3.5
Ecstasy of the Angels poster

Ecstasy of the Angels

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Tenshi no Kôkotsu
Specifics
Japan [1972] - 89 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, Mystery
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3.5
The Woman Who Wanted to Die poster

The Woman Who Wanted to Die

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Segura Magura: Shinitai Onna
Specifics
Japan [1970] - 72 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Running in Madness, Dying in Love poster

Running in Madness, Dying in Love

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Kyôsô Jôshi-kô
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 77 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

The inoffensive

Sacred Mother Kannon poster

Sacred Mother Kannon

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Seibo Kannon Daibosatsu
Specifics
Japan [1977] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Interesting Wakamatsu. Not as overtly political as his most of his work, instead it features a clear yet slightly repetitive narrative that holds up well enough. The characters are blunt and enigmatic, the film looks nice and the pacing is on point.

Shinjuku Mad poster

Shinjuku Mad

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Shinjuku Maddo
Specifics
Japan [1970] - 65 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
Violence without a Cause poster

Violence without a Cause

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Gendai Sei Hanzai Zekkyô Hen: Riyû Naki Bôkô
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 71 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.0
Sexual Play poster

Sexual Play

by Masao Adachi, Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Seiyûgi
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 71 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
Violated Angels poster

Violated Angels

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Okasareta Hakui
Specifics
Japan [1967] - 56 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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3.0
The Orgy poster

The Orgy

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Ranko
Specifics
Japan [1967] - 67 mins
Genre
Crime
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3.0

Fine Wakamatsu. Less political and psychologic than some of his more famous ones, though his usual trademark elements are still present in some way or another. Fun, short and intriguing hitman film, nice shots and a decent score make for a film that is quite unlike other films from the 60s.

The Millennial Rapture poster

The Millennial Rapture

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Sennen no Yuraku
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Wakamatsu didn't really go out with a bang, but this is a worthwhile final feature that at the very least shows he still had a couple of films left in him. An interesting family chronicle with a stellar performance by Shinobu Terajima. The film looks a bit too cheap and digital, it also lacks Wakamatsu's trademark grit, but otherwise it's a fine drama.

Worthy but flawed

United Red Army poster

United Red Army

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Jitsuroku Rengô Sekigun: Asama Sansô e no Michi
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 190 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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2.5
Endless Waltz poster

Endless Waltz

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Endoresu Warutsu
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 102 mins
Genre
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
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2.5
Secret Flower poster

Secret Flower

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Hika
Specifics
Japan [1971] - 70 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5
Sex Jack poster

Sex Jack

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Seizoku
Specifics
Japan [1970] - 70 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

If you're familiar with Wakamatsu's 60s and early 70s work, this film will hold no surprises for you. A clan of young revolutionaries couped up in a small room, doing their best to revolt against the establishment. There are a few nice scenes, but it feels a little too familiar and indistinct compared to his better work.

The Embryo Hunts in Secret poster

The Embryo Hunts in Secret

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Taiji ga Mitsuryosuru Toki
Specifics
Japan [1966] - 72 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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2.5

An early Wakamatsu, which is exactly what you can expect. He's clearly still developing his style here, the plot is extremely thin though thematically Wakamatsu draws a lot from it. Short, experimental and pretty edgy, at least for its time. Not as good as his late 60s work, but still worth a shot.

Season of Terror poster

Season of Terror

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Gendai Kôshoku-den: Teroru no Kisetsu
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 78 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

Typical late-60s Wakamatsu. Shot in black and white, a background of political revolution and free love. Wakamatsu made a gazillion of these films around that time. This one is very thin on plot though and 80 minutes is a tad long, but Wakamatsu fans probably won't be disappointed. Not his best, but still worth watching.

Dubious filler

11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate poster

11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
11·25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamono-tachi
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 119 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0
Vengeance Demon poster

Vengeance Demon

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Fukushûki 
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 73 mins
Genre
Thriller
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2.0
Secrets behind the Wall poster

Secrets behind the Wall

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Kabe no Naka no Himegoto
Specifics
Japan [1965] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0

Plain forgettable

Perfect Education 6 poster

Perfect Education 6

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Kanzen Naru Shiiku: Akai Satsui
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 99 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5
Erotic Relations poster

Erotic Relations

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Erotikkuna Kankei
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 95 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Mystery
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1.5
A Pool without Water poster

A Pool without Water

by Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Mizu no nai Puuru
Specifics
Japan [1982] - 103 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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1.5

Irritation overload

Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War poster

Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War

by Masao Adachi, Koji Wakamatsu
Also know as
Sekigun-P.F.L.P: Sekai Sensô Sengen
Specifics
Japan [1971] - 69 mins
Genre
Documentary
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