Eros + Massacre  

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Eros + Massacre (Japanese title: Erosu purasu Gyakusatsu) is a Japanese black and white film made in 1969. It was directed by Yoshishige Yoshida and consists of a biography of anarchist Sakae Ōsugi, assassinated by the military in 1923 in the Amakasu Incident. 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 reconstitution 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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