The Pornographers

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I guess it just goes to show that the more a society represses its primal urges, the more screwed up it is in its private moments.

This 1966 Japanese film is just downright freaky. I know I've taken it to the British on numerous occasions, but if this film in any way mirrors any sort of reality in Japan, then that is one place I'm just never going. Apparently, the whole country is like those strange neighbors you have who seem quiet and proper and then one day the police bust down their front door and discover body pieces everywhere.

Let me see if I can explain any of this. The movie follows this guy named Subu who makes pornographic movies (and don't get all excited because not only is there no nudity, save for a brief scene unrelated to the porn, but virtually everything having to do with the porn is related second-hand). It's not really the porn films that are whacked -- it's Subu's living situation.

Subu uses the money he makes to help out his landlady. Sometimes they sleep together. However, his landlady seems really disturbed by this carp that she keeps because she says it contains the soul of her dead husband. This doesn't stop her from giving her own son hand jobs or from practically selling her 15-year-old daughter to Subu. For his part, Subu appears more than happy to take the daughter since he's got an incredible, sick amount of pent up lust for her. As far as I can tell, whatever sick stuff you may have heard about the Japanese is chronicled in this film. Foot fetishes, panty sniffing -- you name it and it's probably in "The Pornographers." I guess it just goes to show that the more a society represses its primal urges, the more screwed up it is in its private moments.

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Obama's obscene trial

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

 

 Did you know that there is a Justice Department Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in our wonderful federal government?  Never mind the bank robbers and terrorists.  Our federal government is spending your tax dollars to prosecute porn merchants.  From the Washington Post newspaper:

 By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

 

A federal judge dismissed the first obscenity prosecution brought in the nation's capital in a quarter-century on technical grounds Friday, tossing out charges against John A. Stagliano and two companies associated with the adult video producer based in Van Nuys, Calif.

 

"I hope the government will learn a lesson from its experience," Leon said in a rebuke. He cited a string of "difficult, challenging and novel questions" raised in the case concerning decades-old federal obscenity statutes, the Internet, free speech and criminal defendants' rights.

 

Justice Department statistics show prosecutors charged 361 defendants with obscenity violations during President George W. Bush's years in office, nearly twice as many as under President Bill Clinton. In 2009, 20 defendants were charged, compared with 54 the previous year.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/16/AR2010071605750.html

 

{;-) Dan in Miami

 

PS:  Obama, the great constitutional scholar, should end the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force.  Put those lawyers to work prosecuting the Wall Street crooks who trashed the world's economy.

 

 

That is not a politically viable option

Coaster's picture

The religious right is up in arms enough what with Obama being a Muslim from Kenya and all.  If he were to outright ban this task force, it would just be more amunition in the conservatives' vast stockpile of ignorance. 

The Obscenity Prosecution Task Force is watching you

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

Coaster you had better be more careful with your Beluga Whale porn.  In 2005 George Bush created the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force to stop consenting adults from engaging in and viewing sex movies.

They have their own website.  It is chilling.  Here is an excerpt from their web site:

 

 

 

OBSCENITY PROSECUTION TASK FORCE

Welcome to the Website of the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force (OPTF) of the U.S. Department of Justice. Created in 2005, the Task Force is dedicated exclusively to the protection of America's children and families through the enforcement of our Nation's obscenity laws.

The Task Force's trial prosecutors and law enforcement agents partner with the Nation's 93 United States Attorneys to initiate and conduct investigations and prosecutions under federal statutes prohibiting obscenity crimes involving the transportation of obscene matter via the mails, common carriers, interactive computer services, or other means or facilities of interstate or foreign commerce. Many of these cases arise from complaints by citizens who have been offended or harmed by the spread of hardcore pornography over the Internet, as well as through the U.S. Mail and retail outlets.

http://www.justice.gov/criminal/optf/

{;-) Dan in Miami

PS:  Just once I would like to see an example of anyone harmed by legally regulated porn.  The government regulates the porn industry in the USA.  If there are rules for creating and distributing porn then how can the government turn around and say it's illegal?

 

 

 

They might get Coaster on his charity work

Rajah's picture

He gives sponge baths to hobos don't ya know

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