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August 2009 PMX Newsletter
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Contents: Classic J-Cinema: "The Horrors of Malformed Men", CosFest (Masquerade) Registration Open, PMX Guests of Honor and Postcards, Contests and Freebies, PMX on Facebook/Twitter

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Classic J-Cinema: Horrors of Malformed Men
by Kenneth Traynor, contributing writer

Horrors of Malformed Men is a poisonous chocolate box of misplaced identity, betrayal, torture and disfigurement, rendered through ubiquitous kinkiness, campy acting, and near-constant surreal hilarity. The unhealthy energy, weird flaws and deranged B-movie brilliance linger long after its last, mad clip is over.

Director Terou Ishii attempts to put Rampo's entire oeuvre into one film, through his own delightfully disturbing lens. In fact, this film could be the ultimate adaptation; plots from numerous Edogawa Rampo stories are hunted down and whipped into an overcrowded, sick zoo--The Human Chair, Black Lizard, The Twins and many more I have only encountered in this film. There is a narrative of sorts, with events and consequences and characters, but to list them is to impart onto them a false sense of significance. Horror of Malformed Men recalls claustrophobic nightmares where unexplained decisions, events and encounters are stitched together after the fact-- in this film, with long stretches of entirely implausible exposition and back story. I am, in all seriousness, a bit in awe of how the film eschews reason and conventional plot in favor of an obsessive and primal dream-logic.

Imagine the conversation between the director, screenwriter and producer sitting down over a large table hazed with weeks of cigarette smoke, hashing out ways to put all these stories into celluloid:

"Yeah, he's in a jail cell with all these crazy young topless girls-- " "Right, an insane asylum." "Yeah, and he doesn't know why he's there, or if he's crazy, and then a bald guy attacks him for no reason and he kills the bald guy--" "Don't forget the circus girl who sings the lullabye--" "Right, the one who gets stabbed and he has to run away." "And then he's on a train-" "How does he pay? He's wearing the kimono from the asylum." "Screw money! He's just on the train--" "--disguised in..." " an eyepatch and beret!" "Perfect! And then he sees the newspaper with the death notice showing what seems to be his own face..." "And he thinks, I could pretend to be that dead guy and inherit the money!"

"Malformed Memories" is a gem of a DVD extra with directors Shinya Tsukamoto and Minoru Kawasaki talking about the influence of Rampo and director Terou Ishii on their own films, and their deep affection for Horror of Malformed Men. Kawasaki speaks with incredible admiration about the synchronized waves of laughter that would break out in the midnight-only showings in Japan, where it is a controversial cult classic never put onto DVD. Their profound respect for the film, and the director, is completely sincere.

CosFest (Masquerade) Registration Now Open

Pacific Media Expo's beloved CosFest (Masquerade) is now open for registration! Groups or individuals can now register for cash prizes and pageantry! Show off your costuming skills or just admire cosplayers as they strut their stuff. For more information, please check out our CosFest page!

PMX Guests of Honor and Postcards

You may have been seeing postcards and posters throughout California announcing our Guests of Honor of 2009! Yes! We will be announcing guests through these postcards, through the website, or through special announcements or mailings! There will be more in the next few weeks!

Don't miss out on our guest announcements! Sign up using the social networking links below or visit any of the fine retailers distributing our postcards!

Contests and Freebies for August 2009

We also have a monthly raffle that ends at midnight, August 31, 2009. This month's prizes are: Uchusentai Noiz DVD, Sample CD, and two PMX 2009 Full Badges! Go to to enter.

Social Networking with PMX
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May 2010 raffle
Win: An autographed Angelic Pretty poster! Click here. (05.08.10)

April 17-18 Swap Meet
Vendor registration is now open for the PMX Anime Swap Meet at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival! Click here for event information and links. (04.13.10)

April 2010 raffle
Win: An autographed Aoi Kidokoro mini poster! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.10) (04.13.10)

March 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed UchuSentai NOIZ poster! (March Raffle closed on 04.10.10) (03.29.10)

February 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed button of Takuya Angel! (February Raffle closed on 03.10.10) (02.22.10)

January 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed self-portrait sketch of Excel Saga director Nabeshin! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.10) (01.07.10)

PMX Holiday Swap Meet
Do you want your anime fix and shop with your friends at the same time? Come to the Valley Gakuen Japanese School/PMX Holiday Anime Swap Meet and Screening - Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Click here for more info. (11.30.09)

Event tracking
Check out the PMX09 Programming Schedule. (11.06.09)

Buy a ticket and get a free autograph from UchuSentai NOIZ. Pit tickets get a signed photo and signed poster. Middle tickets get a signed poster. (11.06.09)

Many sounds
Hydraphonic is PMX's Saturday music event. Hydraphonic features Poel, Nobu Albatross, Kiryu, and Lemon Drop Kick. No ticket needed. Hydraphonic is at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. (10.31.09)

At-Con Registration
The Registration page has been completely updated. Click here to see all the Registration policies for 2009. (10.27.09)

Concert tickets
Tickets for the Pacific Music Live 09 concert are now on sale. See the Music Ticketing Policy to buy. (10.23.09)

More music
Joining the lineup for the Pacific Music Live 09 concert is Ai Chérie and Rusika. (10.23.09)

Meet the DJs
The PMX Dance brings you the talents of Takuya Angel, DJ ¡PAZ!, DJ Tw33k, DJ Tory Trajec, and DJ Oui-Ji. (10.23.09)

October/November 2009 raffle
Win: A framed Suicide Ali postcard and a kitty scarf from Rosaleen Dhu Designs! (October/November Raffle closed on 11.30.09) (10.21.09)

Tea Party Auction
The online parallel auction for Head Table tickets is ready to go! The auction bidder registration page is open NOW. Bids will be accepted starting at Noon today (Oct 18). The original planned closing time of 8pm Oct 22 still applies. (10.18.09)

$35 Pre-Reg extended
The October pre-reg rate for Full memberships has been extended to the 20th. Click here for registration info. (10.16.09)

Cat scratch fashion
Designer Gashikon of the Hangry & Angry fashion line of h.Naoto to show off her works at the PMX Fashion Show. Find out more. (10.16.09)

Sakedol dreams
Pop idol duo Papillon to perform in the Pacific Music Live 09 concert. More on music. (10.16.09)

Meet Kiryu
Singer/Songwriter Kiryu will be at PMX to meet his fans! Find out more about Kiryu's visit here. (10.14.09)

Return of the NOIZ
Visual kei rock band UchuSentai NOIZ returns! Catch them in concert at Pacific Music Live 09. (10.14.09)

Angelic Pretty is back!
Iconic lolita fashion label Angelic Pretty returns! Click here for more information about their Magical Boutique, Wonderland Tea Party, and the PMX Fashion Show. (10.05.09)

Nabeshin at PMX09
Anime director and cameo character Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe will be participating at PMX in an autograph session and a focus panel. (09.29.09)

Cutting-edge fashion
PMX09 is pleased to announce its first Guest of Honor: Takuya Sawada of Takuya Angel. Check out Takuya Angel designs in the fashion show and boutique. Watch Takuya Sawada spin during the dance. (09.04.09)

September 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Suicide Ali Poster! (September Raffle closed on 09.30.09) (09.02.09)

August 2009 raffle
Win: Uchusentai Noiz DVD, Sample CD, and 2 PMX 09 Full Badges! (August Raffle closed on 08.31.09) (08.08.09)

Cosplay info posted
Information about Cosplay at PMX and our CosFest competition is up. Click here. (08.03.09)

Press and Industry info posted
Policies for Press and Industry passes are up and registration links are active. (07.28.09)

July 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Kaya poster! (July Raffle closed on 08.05.09) (07.01.09)

June 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Suicide Ali poster! (June Raffle closed on 06.30.09) (06.22.09)

You can now register for PMX09 here. And book your hotel room at the special con rate here. (05.22.09)

New look
Welcome to the website's look for 2009. This is a work-in-progress, so please check often for news and updates. (05.21.09)

May 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Angelic Pretty poster! (May Raffle closed on 05.31.09) (05.19.09)

April 2009 raffle
Win: Framed and autographed Kaya postcard! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.09) (04.14.09)

PMX Collectors' Swap Meet
Join us at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival (April 18-19, 11 AM - 6 PM). (03.28.09)

March 2009 raffle
Win: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.09) (03.06.09)

February 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Kaya postcard! (February Raffle closed on 02.28.09) (02.10.09)

Save the date! Nov. 6-8, '09
PMX 2009 returns to the LAX Hilton for another year of fun! (01.14.09)

January 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Suicide Ali postcard! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.09) (01.02.09)

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