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Last year I had a reading linking 80s action movies to Christian painting in their concern with expressing the resilience and beauty of the male body undergoing trials by fire. Indeed it's difficult to watch a film like Rambo: First Blood Part II, particularly the torture scenes where Stallone's glistening muscles are bound in a cruciform position without recalling a sort of Christian image. Matthias Stom's Christ Crowned with Thorns is the most obvious point of reference for that film…
Is everyone who's ever expressed an opinion on this thing a complete dufus? I guess so. They are talking about a great artist's most complex work as if it were just a Just Jaeckin movie. Here goes.
It forms a diptych with Emperor Tomato Ketchup in their concern with western understandings of the far east and the humiliation/crypto-castration of Japan after the end of World War II. ETK is a satire of American's rationalization of Japanese militarism during World War…