Zipangu Fest 2012 Zipangu Fest 2012

Midori: The Girl in the Freak Show

Shorts
Midori
地下幻燈劇画少女椿
(Shōjo tsubaki: Chika gentō gekiga Midori)
Midori: The Girl in the Freak Show
Vintage horror from cult eroguro manga artist Suehiro Maruo
Dir: 
Hiroshi Harada, Hisaki Eezu
52min
Video
1992
Animation, Fantasy, Horror
Date: 
Friday 26 November 2010 at 9:00pm
Venue: 
Genesis Cinema

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.

Director's profile: 

Born in 1962, Hiroshi Harada is a freelance animator. Hisaaki Ezu is an animation director, particularly erotic and grotesque animation. He is currently missing.

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