Temptation of the Mask 1987
Kamen no yûwaku (original title)
1h 8min | Drama | December 1987 (Japan)
Sano plays an adopted orphan who is in love with his stepmother and repeatedly raped by his new father. When he grows up, the traumatized boy becomes an arsonist, only to find some fleeting taste of love with the male detective investigating him.
As Satô’s first queer pinku, Temptation of the Mask is interesting. But it’s definitely one of his weaker efforts. Though it features some good performances and excellent moments (the Russian roulette framing device is terrifying and well executed), it seems unsure of itself, especially as it starts to wrap things up. It gets vicious, with guns being used as dildos and masked figures flinging candle wax about, but it never travels to the darker, uncomfortable netherworld that Satô’s most unsettling (and generally best) works do. It seems as if Satô is a little nervous in this genre, dipping his toes in and testing the water. Fascinating, but this is one to save for once you’ve exhausted his filmography.
Director: Hisayasu Satô
Writer: Shirô Yumeno (as Shiro Yumeno)
Stars: Kazuhiro Sano, Kiyoshi Usuda, Naomi Hagio
Release Date: December 1987 (Japan)
Also Known As: Temptation of the Mask
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 797 MiB
Duration : 1 h 7 min
Overall bit rate : 1 643 kb/s