Switchblade Pictures Licenses Oniroku Dan's The Slave Ship

HOUSTON, August 7, 2012— Switchblade Pictures beckons you to take a voyage on the THE SLAVE SHIP, where you'll cruise past any shade of grey straight into the ultimate darkness of the human soul! Born from the pen of internationally acclaimed bondage novelist and screenwriter Oniroku Dan (FLOWER AND SNAKE, THE DEVIL'S FEAST,) THE SLAVE SHIP is notable for the many apparent parallels between the central character, a famed S&M novelist, and Dan himself, widely considered to be one the most influential authors in the history of erotica. However, although Dan wrote over two hundred novels and dozens of screenplays over his long career, and was particularly noted for bringing unique Japanese forms of bondage to the attention of world popular culture, it is unknown as to exactly how much of the story is autobiographical. Directed by co-screenwriter Satoshhi Kaneda, and featuring a cast of genre icons that includes Kyoko Aiyome (NEW TOKYO DECADENCE) Nao Masaki (PINK LINK) Mio Saegusa (MISS SPY) Maki Tomada (PARADISE TV,) and Mutsuo Yoshioka (UNDERWATER LOVE) the dark erotic thriller was distributed theatrically in Japan by Shintoho.

Onimata Kan is famous for two things: a successful career writing S&M erotica, and hosting the erotic gatherings aboard what has come to be known as the Slave Ship, where the main attraction is the auctioning of the services of sexual partners willing to fulfill any desire. But if it's all consensual, there's no harm, right? At least, that's what Onimata believes until he learns that one of the frequent auctionees has gone insane, and that her husband believes the cause is related to a stalker she had acquired. Are the activities aboard the Slave Ship somehow to blame? Fearing the answer, Onimata goes to investigate the mysterious Kitagawa, and soon learns that his own writings only hint at the extremes to which some will go. From the famed pen of S&M novelist and screenwriter Oniruku Dan comes a tale that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy. Is this a work of fiction or a documentation of fact? You'll have to determine the truth for yourself, once you've booked passage aboard THE SLAVE SHIP!

THE SLAVE SHIP will be released for Home Video on subtitled DVD November 13th.

About Switchblade Pictures:
Switchblade Pictures is a distributor of Japanese exploitation films in North America, with a rapidly growing roster of releases that includes cult phenomenon like SULTRY ASSASSIN – THE APHRODISIAC KILL, ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD, ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, and SIREN,) and together with sister company and anime specialist Maiden Japan (GLASS MAIDEN, HIMAWARI!, RAY and POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S) is dedicated to bringing the best in international entertainment to the western hemisphere.

About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.

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