Apr 8, 2008

Blind Beast

The world of touch...
The world of insects... The lower orders such as the jellyfish... Those who venture to the edge of such worlds can expect only a dark, dank death to envelope them.

A blind man who scorns the thought of sight. He alone relishes the art of feeling. After discovering the statue of a model, he becomes obsessed with finding her, at all costs. When she is captured and taken into his studio, they both become a victim of each other's desires. The mere concept of Blind Beast is something so beautiful, and so forbidden. The subject matter at hand is what we know as Stockholm Syndrome.

Blind Beast features some of the most stunning set design i have ever seen. Michio's art studio features dynamic shading, bizarre sexual pieces which only the Marquis De Sade could fully appreciate, and perfectly resonates his own dire madness. Blind Beast is what you'd call a minimalist film; a film that shines in it's own presence. For working on mainly one set, it constantly gives you more things to survey with the very same sight that Michio is without.

Much of the emotion derives from the claustrophobia, the amazing acting, and the creepy score which is almost comparable to the haunting soundtrack to Nekromantik. Film makers should take cues from Hermann Kopp. He seems to be the definitive musical genius. Who knew that chamber music could make a film horrifying?

The simple fight of Aki being kidnapped turns from a horrified state of seeming soulless, then turns into a dazzling display of psycho sexual torture. Together, these two destined lovers create a dizzying art piece, which rivals anything a Frenchman ever made. Attention to detail is Yasuzo Masumura's middle name. Every piece of this intricate puzzle fits out, leaving no questions but the most stern sickness.

This film has a strict meaning of love behind lust. While many denounce such absurd perversions, Blind Beast cements the fact that such a thing does exist. Nothing is more beautiful than contact. Blind Beast proves this. Just to bring up a point Michio made, If seeing visual pieces can be considered art, and smelling exquisite scents can be deemed art, then why not contact?


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