Wicked City

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"Wicked City", or "Supernatural Beast City" is a movie from 1987, based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi, the author of Demon City Shinjuku, and the Vampire Hunter D books, and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, director of the "Demon City Shinjuku" and "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" movies.

There are two plains of existence: the Human World and the Black World (i.e., the world of monsters). Every few hundred years, these worlds renew a peace treaty to stay away from each other (because, despite their best intensions, inevitably monsters like to tear people apart). Those charged with enforcing the treaty are known as the Black Guard.

“…not a lot of job security, and a whole lot of risk.”

At the end of the 20th century, the treaty is up for renewal. Two Black Guards, Taki Renzaburo from the Human World, and Makie from the Black World, are assigned to protect Giuseppi Myart, a lecherous old man who will help in conducting the Peace Ceremony. As they try to protect Giuseppi from demons that sexually seduce and mutilate their prey, questions arise. Why were Taki and Makie chosen as partners? What is Myart’s role in making peace? And who is really being targeted?

“When desire turns deadly, there’s no place left to hide.”

"Wicked City" is the kind of pulp story that I’ve come to love in Anime: badass guys, beautiful women, and both sleazy and disgusting monsters, all drawn in that dark Anime Film Noir-ish look epitomized by Madhouse Studios’ oeuvre of the 1980s-90s.


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