The sales pitch for “The Horrors of Malformed Men” includes the factoid that it has been banned in Japan for nearly 40 years. I’ll admit to being a sucker for banned material but this claim is a bit misleading. You see, a little digging reveals that the ban was studio imposed. Toei decided that despite an absence of public outcry, it was only a matter of time before the film offended someone. There is no doubt that the movie features subject matter that might have been less than palatable for 1969 Japan.