Initial release: January 9, 1969
1 Hour 33 Minutes
REVIEW BY JEREMIAH
Orgies of Edo is a gorgeously shot, trashy, mean-spirited phantasmagoria of sex and horror. An anthology imbued with the spirit of a Suehiro Maruo ero guro (which makes sense, since Director Teruo Ishii and Maruo both like to feature "carnival freaks" in their body of work). So it should come as no surprise (especially if you read the synopsis) that women are pretty much treated like pond scum in this.
Ishii's lifting of the veil so to speak, on the prosperity of the Edo period (for men anyway) at the expense of women. This means rape, torture, and constant humiliation as the main methods with which to narratively drive this point home. It's absolutely handled and presented in an exploitative manner (for the sake of shock value cinema), is unapologetically twisted, and is exactly as advertised.