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Survey Map of a Paradise Lost 
Written by: on July 28th, 2006

Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1988
Director: Hisayasu Sato
Cast: Yutaka Ikejima, Toru Nakane, Shun Sato, Rio Yamagawa, Kiyomi Ito

DVD released: June 27th, 2006
Approximate running time: 66 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Artsmagic
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95 

Nukada is an investigative reporter who latest assignment is to probe deep into the under belly of Japans underground phone sex clubs. Midori is a girl who he meets at ones of these phone sex clubs. Shortly after their meeting she is accused of murdering a man named Kihara who was into ruff and kinky sex acts. Nukada not wanting to let the story goes because he feels there is something underneath the surface the cops have missed. So he continues to investigate on his own. By accident he discovers a clue which could lead to the truth he seeks and by bringing these new facts to life he has put his own life into danger.

Survey Map of a Paradise Lost is one of director Hisayasu Sato’s most violent films with uncompressing mixture of violence towards woman which often occurs while they are restrained during sexual acts. One scene that drives the sadism which is present in this film home occurs when Kihara electrocutes one of his lovers on her private parts. Also another strong moment occurs when he uses a cola bottle on a woman’s vagina. The Blocking of sex scenes to cover up all the naughty bits is an art form in of its self.

Survey Map of a Paradise Lost is a complex story and one of best plots ever used in any Pink film. Director Hisayasu Sato perfectly mixes the sex scenes with the murder mystery which drives the main plot. Also just like all great thrillers this one is filled with many red herrings which keep the killers real motives secret tell the final moments of the film. The films ending is almost a bit too ambiguous as it leaves to many things left unresolved?  The acting is above what one would expect while watching a Pink film with the stand out performance being that of Kiyomi Ito that plays the murdered mans wife. Overall Survey Map of a Paradise Lost is reminiscent of Brian De Palma at his sleaziest and the visual style of a Hitchcock thriller.

The DVD:

Artsmagic presents Survey Map of a Paradise Lost in its original full frame aspect ratio. The source material used for this transfer looks better then their transfer for Love – Zero + Infinity. The source material used looks nearly flawless. There are is no noticeable print damage. Colors look nicely saturated and black levels look strong with details looking razor sharp through out. A brief comment on the films aspect ratio is that I noticed that the end credits are letterboxed while the rest of the film is not. The film doesn’t look cramped outside of few minor instances where the image looks just a little too tight. Overall the framing of the image looks correct despite these minor instances.

This release comes with one audio option the films original Japanese language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. Overall the audio sounds full and evenly balanced. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.

Extras for this release include bios for Hisayasu Sato, Yutaka Ikejima, Toru Nakane, Shun Sato, Rio Yamagawa, Kiyomi Ito and Kazuhiro Sano. Other extras include a thirty minute interview with Hisayasu Sato who discusses pink movies, western vs. Japanese cinema, the influence of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” and making the film Survey Map of a Paradise Lost. The final extra for this release comes in the form of an audio commentary track with Midnight Eye’s Jasper Sharp who provides an insightful track that is sure to enhance fans knowledge about Pink films.

Survey Map of a Paradise Lost is not only one of the best examples of a Pink film it is also director Hisayasu Sato’s best film to date. Artsmagic adds another classic Pink film to their shocking Pink collection, highly recommended.

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