Lost Media Archive

In the mid 1980s, Japanese TV producer and anime storyboard artist, Hiroshi Harada began work on a self funded project. The said project was an adaptation of the 1984 horror manga Shojo Tsubaki (Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show). Due to the fact that nobody was willing to give him funding for the project, due to the manga's graphic content, it took him until 1992 to complete the movie. Harada had to draw more than 5000

The film's poster

frames all by himself. He was assisted by a voice cast, with some actors having not being identified.

Erin (Japan's film censor board) forced Harada to make a total of 26 cuts of the film before it could be screened, due to containing scenes where the film's main protagonist, Midori was abused, both physically and sexually. Other graphic scenes included a scene where 2 dogs were brutally slaughtered by a character named Kanabun; one of the carnies. Despite this, some of these scenes remained in the final cut. The film eventually premiered on May 2, 1992. The original runtime of the film has been believed to have been around 52 to 54 minutes long. A post censorship cut was later screened at fun freak shows across Japan throughout the mid 90s. People were required to go through a maze in order to find a tent, where the post censorship version would be screened. In the late 90s, Harada would eventually travel across Europe, North America, and Australia to screen the film at film festivals and other cinemas.

In 1999, the film was discovered at an airport by custom agents, and was destroyed. After being notified, Harada refused to screen the film at all costs, including the post censorship and cut version of the film. In 2005, Harada sent a copy of the cut version to France, where it was released onto a PAL DVD in 2006. The film contained English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Italian subtitles. Interestingly enough, VHS recordings of the cut version have appeared online alongside the DVD version of the film. Unfortunately, 6 minutes of footage have never been heard from or been seen since 1999