Môjû (1969, JAP) C-86m. SCOPE *** D: Yasuko Masamura. Starring Eiji Funakoshi, Mako Midori, Noriko Sengoku. Raw, powerful drama about a young, ambitious fashion model, who finds herself kidnapped one day by a blind sculptor, who intends to keep her in his bizarre studio until he has completed the perfect sculpture. He is aided by his overbearing mother in this crazy scheme. Stylishly shot psycho drama has a fine, creepy score and three brilliantly intense performances. Hard to take at times and slightly uneven, but packs a wallop, especially for cult movie fans. From a story by horror/mystery writer Rampo Edogawa, an interesting, darker, typically Japanese variation of William Wyler's THE COLLECTOR (1965). English titles: BLIND BEAST, WAREHOUSE.

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