For Shabondama Elegy (1999), Kerkhof collaborated with Japanese "pink movie" producer Suzuki Akihiro. Keiko (Japanese porn queen Mai Honisho) and her Dutch boyfriend are being chased by yakuza, but like other works in the Kerkhof canon, this unsettling hard-core film spends most of its time linking rape and violence against women to men and their institutions. The versatile Kerkhof tackles the musical in Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Rape Me (1991). Audiences, at least in Burkina Faso, resisted the temptation to sing along, instead stampeding toward the exits. Unfortunately they missed a singular vision of an apartheid-era South Africa in which "rape is the only growth industry." Ten Monologues From the Lives of the Serial Killers (1994) is a collage-critique of the West's culture of sex 'n' death, dotted with such luminaries as Charles Manson and J.G. Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition. Kerkhof also works to great effect in more narrow forms. He's most effective in the 24-minute The Dead Man 2 (1994), which envisions Western civilization as a weak, slobbering, wild-eyed old man begging for degradation. Kerkhof obliges.
"Wasted: An Ian Kerkhof Retrospective" starts Friday at 8 p.m. with Shabondama Elegy; Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Rape Me screens Saturday at 8 p.m.; on Wednesday, March 22, Ten Monologues From the Lives of the Serial Killers plays at 8 p.m.; Wasted! screens Friday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Kerkhof appears at all screenings, which are at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 978-ARTS.