A Day In the Life
Although Japan has gone through several fits of avant-garde film culture over the years, it always seems to take a dose of shock to get any attention for the work overseas. In the early 60s Takahiko Iimura joined in New York's late-Beatnik libertinism by screening erotic experimental works like Ai (Love) and Onan at the underground Filmmaker's Cinematheque. In 1968, Koji Wakamatsu presented The Embryo at Belgium's International Experimental Film Festival. The film depicts a girl being tied down to a bed and slashed with razors. After audiences rushed the stage and clamored to stop the projection, Wakamatsu declared that he screened this bit of ultraviolence "to let the world know that such fantastic films are being produced in Japan one after another."