This is the second major animated piece following the big hit "A Thousand and One Night Stories" in Japan. The distributor treated the film as an erotic animated work for adults, advertising it as a piece "far more erotic than a thousand and one might stories." The film produced a number of popular sayings and gags that have since become outdated. However, the film remains an impressive and beautiful piece.
This summer, American arthouse theaters screen one of the craziest anime films ever made, an erotic pseudo-historical musical acid trip produced by Osamu Tezuka in 1973. Learn about what makes Belladonna of Sadness a one-of-a-kind experience. Content Warning: discussion of sexual violence