Eros Plus Massacre

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Eros + Massacre
Directed by Yoshishige Yoshida
Written by Masahiro Yamada, Yoshishige Yoshida
Starring Mariko Okada,
Toshiyuki Hosokawa,
Yūko Kusunoki,
Kazuko Ineno
Music by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Cinematography Motokichi Hasegawa
Distributed by Geneon Entertainment
Release dates October 15, 1969 (France)
Running time 202 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Eros + Massacre (エロス+虐殺 Erosu purasu gyakusatsu?) is a Japanese black-and-white film released in 1969. It was directed by Yoshishige Yoshida, who wrote it in cooperation with Masahiro Yamada.


The film is a biography of anarchist Sakae Ōsugi, who was assassinated by the Japanese military in 1923. The story tells of his relationship with three women: Hori Yasuko, his wife; Noe Itō, his third lover, who was to die with him; and his jealous, second lover, Masaoka Itsuko, a militant feminist who attempts to kill him in a tea house in 1916. Parallel to the telling of Ōsugi’s life, two students do research on the political theories and ideas of free love that he upheld. Some of the characters from the past and from the present meet and engage the themes of the movie.

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  • Buehrer, Beverley (1990). "Eros Plus Massacre (1969) Erosu purasu gyakusatsu". Japanese Films: A Filmography and Commentary, 1921-1989. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland. pp. 210–211. ISBN 0-89950-458-2. 
  • Burch, Noël (1979). "Post-Scriptum". In Annette Michelson. To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in the Japanese Cinema. London: Scolar Press. pp. 348–350. ISBN 0-85967-490-8. 
  • Desser, David (1988). "Three Men Who Left Their Will on Film". Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. pp. 200–209. ISBN 0-253-31961-7. 

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