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Immortal Love (Hellish Love) 
Written by: on January 12th, 2008

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1972
Director: Chusei Sone
Cast: Hidemi Hara, Miki Hayashi, Setsuko Ogawa, Hajime Tanimoto

DVD released: 2004
Approximate running time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: 18
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Pagan
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: A young man falls in love with a woman who dies tragically. Nothing not even death can keep truelove apart when she returns as a ghost one year later. Will he be able to discover that her love is no longer of this world before she seduces into place we nothing is alive?

Immortal Love was directed by Chusei Sone who also directed these notable Pinku Eigu films Angel Guts: High School Coed and Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Immortal Love is not your typical pink film with only minimal time dedicated to nudity/sex scenes. The film is about two lovers who are unable to be together in life and when one of them dies tragically they continue their love affair from beyond the grave. Visually director Chusei Sone creates a dream like world where reality and dreams are one in the same. The story is easy enough to follow as it moves along quickly.

The acting is very good and in many ways it exceeds the performances one would expect while watching a pink film. The films score feature’s Spanish like guitar motif that sets the mood of the film and the rest of the score has a melancholy feel to it. Ultimately Immortal Love is all about the atmosphere. If you got into the film looking to be frightened or aroused because of the films Pink Eigu origins then you are sure to miss director Chusei Sone ever so subtle message which he drives how in the finale.

The DVD:

Immortal Love is presented in a non anamorphic letterbox widescreen which looks like it retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The image is clean and free of any print damage. Details and colors are strong they are not a sharp and vivid like more recent Pinku Eigu releases like Horrors of Malformed Men and Snake Woman’s Curse. The transfer looks good even though there is a lot of room for improvement.

This release comes with one audio a Dolby Digital mono mix in Japanese and English subtitles have been included. The audio is free of any defects and despite its mono limitations it offers a strong sonic field. Extras are minimal and for the most part too sparse. Tell a better version of Immortal Love comes along Pagan’s DVD release will have to do despite its shortcomings.

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