Uh. How Do I Explain This?

A story from Tokyo is circulating that a gender bending performance artist may have served up a meal consisting of his own amputated private parts to willing participants.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Mao Sugiyama is a painter that claims to be “asexual” and days after his 22nd birthday had a surgery to remove his genitals, and then he put the removed parts in a freezer for a later purpose.  That later purpose turns out to have been an event to raise awareness about “sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people” where five paying diners consumed the cooked parts.  Sugiyama insists that not only is the story true, but that he followed all the laws pertaining to organ sales, processing of medical waste and having the parts certified free of infections.

Patrons each paid $250 for the event that consisted of a meal made up of Sugiyama’s “penis shaft, testicles and scrotal skin”, garnished with button mushrooms and parsley and portioned evenly for the five different people in attendance.  While only five people participated, pics from the event reveal that dozens showed to watch the meal which took place back in April, and been a viral story in Japan ever since.

Police decided to not arrest anyone or make press any charges because there are no laws in Japan about cannibalism.


Warning: Graphic Pic Below of Cooked Parts (looks like chicken)




















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The Original Godzilla is on BluRay

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Odds are that you’ve never seen the original Godzilla, and by that I mean the true 1954 Japanese version, “Gojira“.

There was an Americanized version in 1956 by Terry Morse, “Godzilla, King of Monsters”.  That version uses footage from the original, but adds stuff with Raymond Burr as an American journalist.  In fact, about 40 minutes were pulled and essentially deletes any reference to the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  This is totally worth your time, but it’s the old school Ishiro Honda‘s version you really need to see.

Both are now available from the Criterion Collection on blue-ray and DVD.  (for those not familiar with Criterion, they take classic movies and release them in definitive remasters) Both are in the same packaging along with a good offering of commentary and extras.

Honda’s version is less a monster story and more a dark tale about Japan after the nuclear attacks that ended World War II.

Of course Godzilla launched an almost endless stream of monster movies and was the origin of the stereotypical japanese, poorly dubbed, rubber suited, destruction of cardboard cities.  But when you get to watch these two versions back to back, you get a totally different feel for what Godzilla was meant to be.


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