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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Nov 2013, 05:50

Pink Month

DMM’s VoD pinku channel was one of the more pleasant discoveries of the recent, packing nearly 500 Nikkatsu Roman Porno films. My one month subscription came to an end after 26 movies viewed! Gotta do another month later when I have more time as I found tons of cool stuff. The biggest discoveries were Yukihiro Sawada's Assault (1976) - a grim exploitation drama of a couple captured by three criminal on the run. The staggeringly powerful and poetic ending like straight out of a Sam Peckinpah movie. Toshiya Fujita’s hyper-realistic bad girl drama Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977) is another gem, full of great cinematography, terrific acting, and superb rock music. And as the best of them all, Naosuke Kurosawa's brilliant, existential city drama Ecstasy Sisters (1982). This one's even available on DVD. Fans of ATG films of the era should love it, and it's one of the best roman pornos ever made.

The remaining Naosuke Kurosawa films were hit and miss. Banned: Woman’s Secret Pictures (1983) is a WWII set film with Wakamatsu-esque politics, but ultimately not that impressive in terms of characters or visuals. Fake Widow (Nise mibôjin - Ichijiku hakusho, 1984) is a pretty worthless romantic pink aimed at middle aged female audiences – like an mainstream film with extra sex scenes. Surprisingly, though, the same year’s Lolita Wife (Lolita tsuma: Binetsu) is a cute and fun film with humour, good cinematography, and a baby stealing rocker! Young Lady Detectives: Heart Beat (1987) is another decently enjoyable semi-mainstream detective-romance-comedy, most notable for starring martial arts girl Michiko Nishiwaki. DVD available, too

Tatsumi Kumashiro’s incredible sleaze fest docu-drama Oh! Women: A Dirty Song (1981), starring rocker Yuya Uchida as himself, however is excellent (and out on OOP DVD that costs a fortune). Great music, great performances by Uchida and Rikiyoa Yasuoka, and loads of jaw dropping scenes. Another great discovery is Kichitaro Negishi’s misleadingly titled Rape Ceremony (1980), which is actually a superb, atmospheric, ATG esque youth film about two violent generations facing each other. Negishi’s debut film From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (1978) is also quite a strong youth/drama/thriller, again with the atmosphere of an ATG film.

Koyu Ohara’s Pink Hip Girl sequels didn’t match the excellent original. Love Attack (1979) is a pale shadow of its predecessor, feeling like a low budget American TV show a lot of the time. It does feature the cool disco hit Funky Disco Princess, though. Proposal Strategy is a much better effort, bringing back the travel theme, dispatching its heroines to the snowy Hokkaido. The film is essentialy a youth pic suitable for teen audiences as well. Personal bonus from locations; the film takes place in three cities; one of them I have visited more than 10 times, another one I have lived in, and the third one I currently reside in. I can recognize essentially every location used in the film.

Oh Takarazuka (1984) is another enjoyable, but not exceptional, Ohara pop-art film. This time Ohara helms a cute harem fantasy (male high school teacher in a all girls’ school) that is like straight out of a comic book. Cool old fashioned rock soundtrack na,d leading girl Jun Miho, who was the most beautiful actress ever to appear in a roman porno film. Akai tori ame (1980) is a far less successful feature with ridiculous (serious) youth drama screenplay starring Nikkatsu’s rape queen Yuki Kazamatsuri. It does have some cool rock and disco moments, though.

Masaru Konuma’s Getting Raped (1976) turned out an enjoyable, pretty well scripted crime thriller despite the Weissers’ utterly negative review. Has a few rapes, no normal sex scenes at all! DVD is out, too. More Weisser insanity in their review for the rather good neo noir Rouge (1984). Who knows where they (and Allmovie’s Robert Firsching) copied their reviews as they explain in much detail an ending that isn’t in the film. Add to the mystery, the Japanese movie website Movie Walker explains yet another different ending that isn’t in the film. I doubt there could be alternate versions of the film (this one is 94 min minus studio logos), though Ishii’s original screenplay could differ from what was put on the screen.

Shogoro Nishimura’s Female Teacher: Twice Raped (1983) is a pretty boring violent pinku melodrama full of sex scenes, but also some nice genre nostalgia. Never understood why Nishimura’s movies were so popular. Depending on how you count, it’s either part 9 or 13 in the series, not 8 like some sources claim. One Summer Experience: Sexy Virgin (1976) is another failure, a surreal and somewhat original, but clumsy film with forced sex scenes. Even much worse is photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s snooze fest of a comedy, High School Girl Fake Diary (1980). Fairy in a Cage (1977) I can appreciate in theory for its social themes and accuracy in historical details, but SM movies just aren’t for me, nor was this one. And finally, bottom of the barrel, Hell in a Bottle (1986). The poster art is great, and indeed there is a girl in a bottle at the end, but otherwise this is just a series of cheap sex scenes, much more like an AV flick than a real Nikkatsu film.

I may post a bit longer mini-reviews of some of the films later if I have enough time.

Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977) and Pink Hip Girl: Proposal Plan (1980)
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From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (1978) and Oh! Women: A Dirty Song (1981)
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Hell in a Bottle (1986) and Sukeban Mafia: A Dirty Insult (1980)
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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby Marshall » 17 Nov 2013, 06:17

Hmm. I know there was GIRL BOSS MAFIA from March 1980 and GIRL BOSS MAFIA: DISGRACE from September 1980. I'm guessing the latter is the same as GBF: A DIRTY INSULT, but it would be interesting to know if perhaps there are actually three (or more) in the series.

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Marshall wrote:Hmm. I know there was GIRL BOSS MAFIA from March 1980 and GIRL BOSS MAFIA: DISGRACE from September 1980. I'm guessing the latter is the same as GBF: A DIRTY INSULT, but it would be interesting to know if perhaps there are actually three (or more) in the series.


I figured out I must have missed something when I said I watched 26 films and there's only 20 titles listen in my post :lol:

Yes, Dirty Insult and Disgrace are the one and same film unless I'm totally mistaken. Sukeban Mafia: Chijoku is the Japanese title. It's an inferior sequal to Toshiharu Ikeda's original. Very much a by-the-book sexploilation film. Genre nostalgia is there, yes, but not much more. Imagine Toei's weaker sukeban/high school films, add sex, take away most of the violence, and replace the Toei cast with Nikkatsu starlets acting tough. That being said, I wasn't a big fan of Ikeda's film either, but this certainly weaker yet.

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Nov 2013, 07:21

right, I forgot I had written a review of this. Here goes.

Sukeban Mafia: A Dirty Insult (Japan, 1980)

Delinquent girl films lived their golden age in early 1970’s when Toei was churning out hard boiled pinky violence movies such as Sukeban (seven films, 1971-1974) and Terrifying Girls’ High School (four films, 1972-1974). Nikkatsu also jumped the bandwagon with films such as True Story of Sex and Violence in a Female High School (1973) and Sukeban Sex Violence (1973). Toshiharu Ikeda’s Sukeban Mafia (1980) was a late addition to the genre that had lost its popularity after the mid 70’s. Nobuyuki Saito’s Sukeban Mafia: A Dirty Insult is a follow-up to Ikeda’s successful film.

Ikeda’s film was no great thrills, but for a Nikkatsu production it featured some good ideas and energetic scenes. Saito’s sequel is a by-the-book cash-in with few merits. It follows two high school girls who are saved from the gangsters by the local girl mafia, only to find out the female mafia doesn’t make a much better friend.

Saito emphasises dull sex scenes over violent content. There is little creativity or energy to be found in the production, not to mention the wholly unconvincing cast of Nikkatsu pink starlets trying to play tough. There is no comparison to Toei’s films which frequently utilized real gangsters as consults and even actors.

What little excitement remains comes from a handful of fun scenes featuring a small army of high school girls, and some good music in bar scenes. The genre itself is nostalgic, though, as today’s z-grade sukeban films make even Nikkatsu’s low budget productions seem like a class act in comparison.

Director Saito was known as a promising screenwriter and assistant director, being involved in many ambitious projects such as Yukihiro Sawada’s Peckinpahian violence study Assault (1976) and Chusei Sone’s time capsule Shinjuku midaregai: Ikumade matte (1977). Saito’s own early directorial effort Woman of the Afternoon: Incite (1979) is also a small cult gem. Unfortunately Sukeban Mafia: Dirty Insult has none of the ambition and freshness of those films.

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edit: after "discovering" this review that I had written a month ago and forgotten all about, I summarized it into a mini review for another thread, only to find out I've already posted a mini review there 2 weeks ago Image I give up. Too much pink.

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Assault (1976)

Nikkatsu’s former action film director Yukihiro Sawada helms a violence study somewhat similar to Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. The film follows a married couple kidnapped by a gang of ruthless killers and kept captive until the husband takes a stand.

Although a rough exploitation drama for the main chunk of it, the film features some stunningly powerful and melancholic moments, including a violent eight minute climax set against perfectly timed songs by Hako Yamasaki and Yusaku Matsuda.

Unlike many other Nikkatsu films of the time, the film does not romanticise violence and rape. Any slight eroticism found early on suffers a quick inflation when we see a villain digging a bullet out his stomach with scissors, and a rape victim violently screaming and fighting against throughout an attack scene. The latter goes against the genre conventions of the time, though the film’s female roles are eventually ungrateful to say at least.

In addition, Sawada shows eye for atmosphere and characterization. There is a melancholic undertone throughout the film, starting from the beautiful opening scene that introduces the husband – alone and abandoned by his wife, who returns home at night and picks the wedding ring from the bottom of an aquarium.

It is the film’s middle third, bleak but perhaps not that poignant, that suffers in comparison to the brilliantly crafted opening and closing scenes.

The songs featured in the unforgettable climax are "Tsuna Watari" by Hako Yamasaki and "Aru kodomo no hanashi" by Yusaku Matsuda.

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Unread postby HungFist » 22 Nov 2013, 09:32

Two more Nikkatsu titles from Happinet on 2014/03/04

Delicate Skillful Fingers (白い指の戯れ) (1972)
Director: Toru Murakawa
Cast: Ichiro Araki, Hiroko Isayama, Hajime Tanimoto, Yoko Ishido
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=912061

Wet Lust: Opening the Tulip (濡れた欲情 ひらけ!チューリップ) (1975)
Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro
Cast: Masami Ishii, Kiyoyasu Adachi, Kanpei Hazama, Meika Seri, Naomi Tani
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=912060

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Delicate Skillful Fingers is quite famous, Tooru Murakawa's debut film for which Kinema Junpo declared him as one of the best directors in Japan. The film was also included in Nikkatsu's nation wide roman porno retro last year. There is an old dvd release of it actually, from 2003, but this is surely a new remaster.

Reissues of Path of the Beast and Lovers are Wet will also be released.

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Unread postby HungFist » 23 Nov 2013, 09:55

Regarding Japanese Office YK Roman Porno releases:
- http://www.officeyk.co.jp/list/?g=2&p=4

It seems that catalogue numbers (NYK) 201-210 are new anamorphic prints, while the rest (211-240) are old masters, rouhgly VHS quality. If you look search for back covers you can find a mention of new print and aspect ratio:

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while the non-remastered look like this:
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Thanks to edkrak at Cinehound forums for the collaborative research. There's a few screencaps in that thread, too.

(note: this is only about Office YK, who are a budget company. Releases by Happinet and Geneon ought to be all remastered)

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Unread postby HungFist » 13 Dec 2013, 11:42

Dear God, I think I've found the coolest movie theater on the planet!!! Tokyo's Shinbashi Bunka, which screens pinku triple features, including Roman Porno...

Let me quote someone:

"To gain admittance you first must visit a vending machine that sits unceremoniously in front of the theater. By purchasing your 1,100 yen ticket you can stay as long as you wish through a triple bill ... After you’ve purchased your ticket from the vending machine you ironically have to hand it over to the guy working at the ticket window. After he wishes you a merry wanking, the real adventure begins.

Walking into the 81-seat theater is like walking into the movie room your middle school might have had. It’s tiny, but extremely comfortable, aside from the fact that there are around ten to fifteen old men staring at a screen with a women being taken from behind on it. The 35mm film is being projected so close behind your head that you can almost feel the heat from the bright light bulb inside of it.

The sound system, which has not only the marching sounds of the 35mm projector to compete with, but also the frequent trains running over head, which literally rock your seat, is passable to say the least, with the right side speaker dominating the left, turning the room a weird aural experiment that will likely leave you a bit dizzy.

The bathroom is mockingly positioned to the immediate right of the large screen, meaning that if you want to get up to play with your bits and pieces everyone is going to see you making a run for it. Thankfully the old men are beyond such embarrassments, as they willing hobble towards the bathroom, cane in hand, with the utmost dignity, only to stumble out four minutes later looking a tad defeated."

- http://everything2.com/title/Shimbashi+Roman+Gekijo

Planning to drop by there next week when they're screening:
- Trap of Lust (Atsushi Amatoya, 1973)
- Love Doll Report: An Adult Toy (Chusei Sone, 1975)
- Assault! Jack the Ripper (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1976)


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My plane better be on time or I will march to the cockpit and tell them to speed the fuck up or I'll miss my porno!

Nikkatsu triple feature, here I come!

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- http://www.cinema-st.com/classic/c005.html

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Unread postby kemushi » 29 Dec 2013, 22:16

The next two Nikkatsu roman porno films from Synapse/Impulse will be Toshiharu Ikeda's SEX HUNTER セックスハンター 性狩人 (1980) and Yoshihiro Kawasaki's NURSE GIRL DORM: STICKY FINGERS 看護女子寮いじわるな指 (1985) on February 11th.

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HungFist wrote:Dear God, I think I've found the coolest movie theater on the planet!!! Tokyo's Shimbashi Bunka, which screens pinku triple features, including Roman Porno...

Let me quote someone:

"To gain admittance you first must visit a vending machine that sits unceremoniously in front of the theater. By purchasing your 1,100 yen ticket you can stay as long as you wish through a triple bill ... After you’ve purchased your ticket from the vending machine you ironically have to hand it over to the guy working at the ticket window. After he wishes you a merry wanking, the real adventure begins.

Walking into the 81-seat theater is like walking into the movie room your middle school might have had. It’s tiny, but extremely comfortable, aside from the fact that there are around ten to fifteen old men staring at a screen with a women being taken from behind on it. The 35mm film is being projected so close behind your head that you can almost feel the heat from the bright light bulb inside of it.

The sound system, which has not only the marching sounds of the 35mm projector to compete with, but also the frequent trains running over head, which literally rock your seat, is passable to say the least, with the right side speaker dominating the left, turning the room a weird aural experiment that will likely leave you a bit dizzy.

The bathroom is mockingly positioned to the immediate right of the large screen, meaning that if you want to get up to play with your bits and pieces everyone is going to see you making a run for it. Thankfully the old men are beyond such embarrassments, as they willing hobble towards the bathroom, cane in hand, with the utmost dignity, only to stumble out four minutes later looking a tad defeated."

- http://everything2.com/title/Shimbashi+Roman+Gekijo

Planning to drop by there next week when they're screening:
- Trap of Lust (Atsushi Amatoya, 1973)
- Love Doll Report: An Adult Toy (Chusei Sone, 1975)
- Assault! Jack the Ripper (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1976)


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My plane better be on time or I will march to the cockpit and tell them to speed the fuck up or I'll miss my porno!

Nikkatsu triple feature, here I come!

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- http://www.cinema-st.com/classic/c005.html


As expected, Shimbashi Bunka was worth every yen. In addition to what was mentioned before, I got to witness:

- An old man whose hand started making suspicious movement during the first and second sex scene in Trap of Lust. I dared not take a closer look

- The same man leaving the theatre and mumbling something, obviously irritated, after the film turns into a Seijun Suzuki style killer/spy metafilm instead of pink flick.

- Audience members falling asleep after the fore mentioned twist

- An audience with average age around 55 - and not a single woman...

- ...until one female entering the theatre in male companion for the second screening

- The poor lady falling asleep with her palm covering her face during Assault! Jack the Ripper

- An elderly man leaving for bathroom during the film, and another man entering and taking his place meanwhile. 25 minutes later the men start arguing (during the film) whose bag belongs to who – both had placed their bags on the same seat without realizing it.

All this with one 1300 yen film ticket (that gives you entrance to the theatre – you can stay as long as you want). And of course, seeing this films in 35mm is a joy in itself!


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Unread postby Gaijin84 » 03 Jan 2014, 16:49

Please stop posting stories like this. You're making me extremely envious and long to return to Japan. ;-)

No please, keep going. Keeping a list of places to visit when I can get over there again.

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Unread postby HungFist » 03 Jan 2014, 17:39

Gaijin84 wrote:Please stop posting stories like this. You're making me extremely envious and long to return to Japan. ;-)

No please, keep going. Keeping a list of places to visit when I can get over there again.


Hah, while we're at it, I might as well list all the important cinemas I know in Tokyo. Check their program if you're planning to visit Tokyo:

Laputa Asagaya (JP movie retros only, late show often with genre flicks. All 35 mm or 16 mm. The best cinema in Tokyo!!!!)
Shinbashi bunka (mainstream + pink cinema. See Roman Gekijo section. Roman Porno's frequently. 35 mm)
Cinema Vera (various retros from pinky violence to silent films. Never visited.)
K's Cinema (arthouse)
Kineka Omori (otherwise mainstream, but interesting weekly double features, e.g Tsukamoto flicks)
Eurospace (arthouse, occasionally genre films. Roman Porno retros played here in 2012! JP + foreign)
Jinbocho (retros from Ozu to Godzilla and Seijun Suzuki. Not visited)
Art Center (classics. Not visited)
Uplink Factory (indie, arthouse, docs)
Auditorium Shibuya (indie)
Shin bungeiza (new and old. Never visited. Dubious about format. All nighters often feature BD screenings!!!)
Porepore (indie, arthouse)
Human Trust Shibuya (new films, inc. genre films)

+ various other cinemas (mainly mainstream) that may occasionally feature a genre flick or a classic in their program:

Cinema Rosa
Kamata
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Okura
Cinema Avenue
Waseda Shochiku
Humax
Baus Theater
Shinjuku musashino
Cinema Rise
Ginrei Hall
Shinjuku Cinemart
Roppongi Cinemart
Qualite

R.I.P
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Unread postby Gaijin84 » 03 Jan 2014, 17:46

Just a random post but not sure where else to put it... has anyone else pointed out that Kanye West (or director Nick Night) totally ripped off the motorcycle sex scene from Queen Bee's Counterattack in his Bound 2 video? wtf

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HungFist wrote:Yasuharu Hasebe's Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (Maruhi Honeymoon: Boko Ressha) ((秘)ハネムーン 暴行列車) (1977), and Shinichi Shiratori's Toruko buro maruhi gaiden: nisō gokuraku (トルコ風呂(秘)外伝 尼僧極楽) (1975) are among the titles set for future release:
http://ameblo.jp/dyodiary/entry-10708094639.html


The Shinichi Shiratori film is available, any idea why the Hasebe flick still isn't? I'm itching to board the Rape Train!

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Unread postby HungFist » 14 Jan 2014, 02:34

kemushi wrote:
HungFist wrote:Yasuharu Hasebe's Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (Maruhi Honeymoon: Boko Ressha) ((秘)ハネムーン 暴行列車) (1977), and Shinichi Shiratori's Toruko buro maruhi gaiden: nisō gokuraku (トルコ風呂(秘)外伝 尼僧極楽) (1975) are among the titles set for future release:
http://ameblo.jp/dyodiary/entry-10708094639.html


The Shinichi Shiratori film is available, any idea why the Hasebe flick still isn't? I'm itching to board the Rape Train!



No idea.

The blog post's gone missing too.

Let's hope it will come out some day. It's one of those films that isn't available for VoD either.

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Unread postby kemushi » 19 Jan 2014, 13:55

HungFist wrote:Love Beast: Attack (愛獣 襲る) (1980)
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- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=895670

Starring Jun Izumi and directed by Naosuke Kurosawa, who did the jaw dropping pink-giallo Zoom In: Rape Apartments (now available on R1 under the title Sex Apartments) in the same year. Weisser's (wholly unreliable) book praises the film for strong script and stylish cinematography


IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286443/), DVD Cover and the film print itself all say it's from 1981.

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I don't feel confident enough about my ability to follow the plot details to comment about the qualities of the script but I agree about the cinematography. I also rather liked the punk/rock soundtrack.

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I watched it too, on cropped and not-so-hot VoD transfer. Nice neo noir, though not as great as Kurosawa's best films. I also liked the soundtrack and cinematography. A bit too much sex in it, though.

I sort of got the impression of Kurosawa that up till his masterpiece Ecstasy Sisters in 1982 the guy was working real hard to prove his worth, but after that he maybe lost some motivation. His early films are all staggeringly stylish and often original, so much more than pink films ought to be. Ecstasy Sisters was the peak - a masterful slice of life Tokyo film that could easily have been released by ATG. Next came the Wakamatsu/Konuma esque period film Banned: Woman’s Secret Pictures which was sort of ambitious but IMO failed. After that all of Kurosawa's remaining roman porno's were lightweight comedies (Lolita Wife), romances (Fake Widow), or comedy/romance/thrillers (Young Lady Detectives). The one exception was his final Nikkatsu release, Dream Crimes, which however is an utter mess of a neo noir if you ask me.

The one Kurosawa I haven't seen is Nurses' Journal: Animal In the Afternoon. I want to see it, but I need to sign up for a mail delivery dvd rental first...

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Unread postby kemushi » 22 Jan 2014, 17:19

HungFist wrote:The one exception was his final Nikkatsu release, Dream Crimes, which however is an utter mess of a neo noir if you ask me.


Do you mean 夢犯 (1985), with the Takashi Ishii screenplay? I've been meaning to track that down on VHS eventually, same as ルージュ (1984).

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Unread postby HungFist » 23 Jan 2014, 04:22

kemushi wrote:
HungFist wrote:The one exception was his final Nikkatsu release, Dream Crimes, which however is an utter mess of a neo noir if you ask me.


Do you mean 夢犯 (1985), with the Takashi Ishii screenplay? I've been meaning to track that down on VHS eventually, same as ルージュ (1984).


Yep. Don't set your expectations too high. It's like a B-version of the first Black Angel movie. Kurosawa + Ishii sounded like a dream team, but this is both of them at their worst.

Rouge is kinda good. The main problem is with the ending, which is way too simple considering the skilful build-up. This may be the director's (Nasu) or the studio's fault rather than Ishii's. Weisser and Robert Firsching both write identical non-sense fairytales about the film's ending - none of the stuff they describe is actually in the film. To add to the confusion, the Japanese website Movie Walker describes yet another slightly different ending with stuff that isn't in the film. Just to make sure I'm not crazy I had my (Japanese) girlfriend watch the last 30 min of the film and she agreed, all the plot descriptions were all nonsense.

I don't know what's going on here, but I find it hard to believe there would be several different versions of the film out there. Perhaps the film's screenplay is available, or maybe there's a manga version, or an early plot description or something, that these "professionals" used as their reference, I don't know... The VoD version I watched was no doubt taken from the VHS and runs the same 94 or 95 min that all databases quote as the running time...

Explanation with spoilers:

Both Weisser and Firsching praise the film for an ambiguous ending which leaves it unclear whether the killer (of Muraki) was Nami or her reporter boyfriend. Actually there's no ambiguity at all. We see in long detailed scene how Nami stabs him, blood sprays all over her, and she even washes the blood in the next scene. The reporter is sleeping at the hotel all this time, and when she comes back and is about to smoke a cigarette, he takes a lighter out of her bag and discovers the lighter is covered in blood (because Muraki used it when he was killed). Talk about ambiguous ending...

Movie Walker "makes up" something else. They explain that after the killing Nami walks on the pier and hears someone calling her name... Actually no one calls her name. She's alone and just throws the lighter into the sea. The end.


Except for the ending the film is a stylish neo noir with good acting, good characters and good storyline. As the 94 minute running time suggests, it's not much of a typical Nikkatsu exploitation flick, but something that would essentially pass as a mainstream film. Director Hiroyuki Nasu isn't known as the studio's top director, but here he handles the material quite well. The film certainly has a strong Ishii feeling, resembling his other drama-driven films like Original Sin, Alone in the Night, A Night in Nude, or Love Hotel, though it's not quite as good as those films.

English language sources usually consider this a part of the Angel Guts series, but I think it's pretty safe to say that's nonsense, too. Just being a neo noir scripted by Ishii, and featuring Nami and Muraki as characters (like almost all screenplays Ishii ever wrote), doesn't make it a part of the series...

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby HungFist » 24 Jan 2014, 14:16

Two more Roman Pornos from Happinet on 2014/05/02

Pink Hip Girl: Love Attack (1979)
Director: Koyu Ohara
Cast: Kahori Takeda, Ako, Yoko Kurita

People of Twilight (夕ぐれ族) (1984)
Director: Chusei Sone
Cast: Yasuko Haru, Natsuko Yamamoto

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HungFist wrote:In our series "fuck me, when did this come out?" (answer: today): Rape Hunter: Target Woman (Rape Hunter: Nerawareta Onna) (レイプハンター 狙われた女) (1980)

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- http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/BBBN-3008

This film was directed by Nikkatsu's action film specialist Yukihiro Sawada (Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland) and features quest appearance by none other than Yusaku Matsuda.


Anyone seen this? Been considering buying the dvd for a long time, right now it's cheap, but I'm not too sure about the film anymore. Sawada was very interesting in the early/mid 70's (Retreat though the Wet Wasteland, 1973 ; Assault, 1976) but in the late 70's he was directing tired formulaic Yusaku Matsuda flicks (No Grave for Us, 1979) and not-so-stylish pink stuff (Flesh Target: Rape!, 1979). This one's got both pink and Matsuda in it...

edit: went and ordered it after all, got it for a 2200 yen.

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Arrow will release all five Stray Cat Rock films on Blu-Ray:
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My oooold (and embarrasing) reviews with R2J caps earlier in this thread.
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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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HungFist wrote:Anyone seen this? Been considering buying the dvd for a long time, right now it's cheap, but I'm not too sure about the film anymore. Sawada was very interesting in the early/mid 70's (Retreat though the Wet Wasteland, 1973 ; Assault, 1976) but in the late 70's he was directing tired formulaic Yusaku Matsuda flicks (No Grave for Us, 1979) and not-so-stylish pink stuff (Flesh Target: Rape!, 1979). This one's got both pink and Matsuda in it...

I liked it. It's very well made on a technical level and has more on its mind than just getting to the next sex scene. Hiromi Okamoto is really good in it and I thought the ending was great.

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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kemushi wrote:
HungFist wrote:Anyone seen this? Been considering buying the dvd for a long time, right now it's cheap, but I'm not too sure about the film anymore. Sawada was very interesting in the early/mid 70's (Retreat though the Wet Wasteland, 1973 ; Assault, 1976) but in the late 70's he was directing tired formulaic Yusaku Matsuda flicks (No Grave for Us, 1979) and not-so-stylish pink stuff (Flesh Target: Rape!, 1979). This one's got both pink and Matsuda in it...

I liked it. It's very well made on a technical level and has more on its mind than just getting to the next sex scene. Hiromi Okamoto is really good in it and I thought the ending was great.


Watched it and already sold it to the next lucky (?) owner in Europe.

Can't say I really agree. I found it to be very much like the other Yukihiro Sawada films of the time. Pretty much like a Toei Central crime film merged with Nikkatsu Roman Porno of the early 80's. In other words, sex, unengaging storyline, and a couple of bullets, not especially stylish either. Also, the urban night views and the assault rifle featured in the poster are nowhere to be found in the film. I'm still puzzled as to what happened to Sawada. After directing stylish, rough and interesting crime/action/pink hybrids in the early and mid 70's (e.g. Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland, 1973 ; Assault, 1976) it seems to me like he lost his motivation towards the end of the decade, coming up with tiresome action and sex films that could have been helmed by almost anyone.

In any case, glad I saw the film, even if it bored me to death, had been wanting to see it for at least 6 years.

Still interested in some of the other violent pink films Sawada directed in the late 70's... Rape Frenzy: Five Minutes Before Graduation (1977) and Attack! (1978), unfortunately neither one seems to be anywhere to be found. I'm not sure if they ever came out on video...

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby kemushi » 04 Mar 2014, 20:23

The false advertising of the poster annoys me as well. I still liked the film and stand by what I said about Hiromi Okamoto. Then again, I have never seen Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland and I had a blast with Flesh Target: Rape...


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