With most modern anime it is all the credits are run at the beginning as was normal in almost all the movies produced by Japanese production houses. See more »
There are no ending credits or a 'THE END' title; all the credits are at the beginning. The opening theme is reprized over a blank screen after the final scene. The 2015 restoration adds a copyright byline and credits for the restoration. See more »
This film has several things that made it of interest to me: stylish
Japanese animation, a story containing a deal with the devil (I'm
always a sucker for movies featuring the devil, don't ask me why), and
a director who was certainly not shy about showing nudity and sex (ok,
I'm probably a sucker for those too, if they're done right anyway).
Unfortunately, the movie doesn't live up to its potential, or perhaps,
hasn't aged well. While some of the artwork is beautiful, the plot is
simple, plodding along during slow right-to- left pans, and far too
often using sex as a crutch. We see the devil having sex with the woman
several times, lots of phallic imagery and big boobs, and a bizarre,
surreal orgy in the woods featuring people, animals, and
half-people/half-animals. It just gets to be a little much, and is
definitely written/conceived/drawn from an immature male perspective.
It's a shame that such a weighty theme and Faustian premise was so
poorly handled. I also have to say that the scenes in France at the end
are ridiculous, almost as if someone had an incoherent thought while
high. Maybe if you were drunk or on an acid trip watching this film in
college with your guy buddies in the 70's or 80's, you would love it.
Otherwise, you can enjoy it for a window into what feels like 1960's
psychedelia, some of its pretty animation (particularly in the first
part of the film), and for it presumably having pushed boundaries in
Japan at the time.
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