- Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
- Starring Miharu Shima, Hatsuo Yamaya
- Written by Masao Adachi
The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) -- We've seldom seen such a mixture of disturbing violence and heartrending visual poetry as in this film by Koji Wakamatsu. There is but so much you can do with the story of a woman who is kept prisoner in an apartment; where she is repeatedly humiliated, beaten and tortured by her psycho boyfriend. His sick, twisted mind is torn between tender feelings for his prisoner and the violent impulses make him torture her.
The plot â€" what little there is of it â€" revolves around a female trapped in a sadomasochistic relationship with her psychotic boyfriend. The film opens with a man taking his girlfriend back to his small apartment, where he almost immediately begins viciously beating her for no reason at all. For the next hour and ten minutes we are subjected to watching this man degrade and abuse his helpless girlfriend - he relentlessly flogs her with a bull whip, makes her crawl around on all fours and beg for food like an animal, repeatedly holds her head under water, ties her up in various different positions of Shibari-style rope bondage (she's pretty much tied up for the entire duration of the film), and slices her up with a straight-razor, all the while laughing with sadistic glee. Intercut with these acts of humiliation are flashbacks to the mans childhood where we see his father inflicting the same treatment on his mother. There are also strangely perverse ''tender'' moments as when the boyfriend breaks down crying and lays his head in his bound spouses lap as she gently strokes his hair and sings him a lullabye. Eventually though, the abused female manages to cut through her ropes and stab her deranged boyfriend to death. Afterwards she sits on the bed staring at his mutilated body while humming the same lullabye
The Embryo Hunts in Secret DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.