"The Black Lizard"
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
A hilarious caper movie written originally for the
stage by Yukio Mishima; the plot concerns a female jewel thief who kidnaps
nubile youths and ferries them to a glitzoid secret island. There she turns
them into naked love statues--one of them bizarrely played by Mishima
himself. Miss Lizard is portrayed by the transvestite actor Akihiro Miwa,
who flounces around in an impossible collection of boas and chokers and
turns every flourish of her cigarette holder into an over-the-top arabesque.
Called "a tale of love, passion, greed and necrophilia" by the New York
Times, and "Naughty Japanese noir. Like something by Almodovar or John
Waters" (Village Voice). Japanese with English subtitles. 90