Beautiful Target 美しき標的 (1995)

Directed by: Naosuke Kurosawa
Runtime: 86 min
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Cast: Natsuki Yoko, Kikuchi Takanori, Minegishi Toru, Yamanishi Michihiro, Kôjirô Kusanagi

In “Beautiful Target,” Yoko Natsuki plays “Dr. Kyoko Mizuki,” a visually striking but dispassionate medical examiner who becomes the target of a sadistic stalker and serial killer of women.  In a disturbing sequence, “Mizuki” – who possesses not only a high status career but also classically aquiline good looks – is subjected to a horrific home invasion in which she is stripped, groped, blindfolded, bound in a humiliating position and videotaped by the assailant.  Her body and status are portrayed as highly vulnerable, while that of the male detective investigating the case is almost indestructible.  Here, the male body is nearly impervious to harm when tempered by service – as when the injured detective rises from his hospital bed after a nearly fatal hit-and-run – while the body of the male serial killer as an anonymous, looming threat is immune to female blows or even repeated stabbing!

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