When her father disappears after gambling away his family income, the young Midori becomes a flower girl, selling camellias (tsubaki) until one day, she is is kidnapped and sold to a travelling circus, forced to perform under the name Tsubaki Midori amongst an entourage of itinerant freaks. Hiroshi Harada's violent and unsettling ero guro epic is legendary in underground animation circles, rarely screened yet impossible to forget for those who’ve seen it. Set in the late 1920s during the early years of the Showa Emperor's reign, its story is based on a fantastical kamishibai paper play from the period later transformed into a cult manga by Suehiro Maruo in the 1980s.
Born in 1962, Hiroshi Harada is a freelance animator. Hisaaki Ezu is an animation director, particularly erotic and grotesque animation. He is currently missing.
Maruo, Suehiro. Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show. NY: Blast Books, 1992
Schönherr, Johannes. "Midori: The Girl in the Freak Show" review on Midnight Eye
Silverberg, Miriam. Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times. University of California Press, 2007