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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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Unread postby HungFist » 01 Jan 2014, 17:10

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

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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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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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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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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Feb 2014, 11:17

Arrow will release all five Stray Cat Rock films on Blu-Ray:
- https://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo/pos ... eam_ref=10

My oooold (and embarrasing) reviews with R2J caps earlier in this thread.
- viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3183&p=118314#p118314

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Unread postby kemushi » 21 Feb 2014, 19:16

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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Unread postby HungFist » 22 Feb 2014, 08:27

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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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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Unread postby HungFist » 20 Apr 2014, 10:08

Another Roman Porno release by Happinet, this time SM. Release date: 2014/08/02.

Beauty In Rope Hell (Dan Oniroku bijo nawajigoku) (団鬼六 美女縄地獄)(1983)
Director: Genji Nakamura
Cast: Miki Takakura, Maya Ito
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=926514

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Unread postby HungFist » 22 May 2014, 15:31

Arrow's upcoming Branded to Kill BD features Atsushi Yamatoya's Trapped in Lust as a bonus feature! It's a cool film, caught it on 35mm last year in a Atsushi Yamatoya triple feature. Unfortunately it seems it will be on a bonus DVD, so no HD for that. Still very nice as long as it's NTSC or Native PAL.
- http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/shop/index. ... uct_id=386

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SHOGUN'S SADISM is getting a Blu-ray release from Japan Shock, the same Dutch label that put out the film on VHS and PAL DVD since the mid-90ies. The recent Toei DVD was a slight improvment over their old DVD but it was a SD transfer so we'll see if they really did their own HD transfer from the 35mm negative like they claim or if it's an upscale. DTM only lists German subs for it but I'm fairly sure it'll also have Dutch and English subs in place:

http://shop.dtm.at/product_info.php?products_id=55720

I'll update on that when I get my copy in 2 weeks.

I asked them about maybe looking into TORN PRIESTESS as well again since a forum spokesperson agreed with me that it looks right up their alley in... 2007. Not getting my hopes up on that front to be honest. They seem content releasing the same handful of films again and again, only adding a dub here and there and upgrading the medium over time. They have BD releases for the other Tokugawa films planned, however, so I'd expect at least Teruo Ishii's JOY OF TURTURE and INFERNO OF TURTURE in the future.

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Unread postby HungFist » 20 Jun 2014, 13:00

Has there been any other interesting JP stuff coming out in Germany/Austria? I noticed a couple of films in Daiei's Women's Prison series came out on dvd a few years ago... Decapitation Island (also out on R2J) and another film (not on R2J), but I forgot the title...

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 20 Jun 2014, 18:13

HungFist wrote:Has there been any other interesting JP stuff coming out in Germany/Austria? I noticed a couple of films in Daiei's Women's Prison series came out on dvd a few years ago... Decapitation Island (also out on R2J) and another film (not on R2J), but I forgot the title...


I can't think of anything else that might be worth noting. Maybe I should check out those two films you mention.

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TOKUGAWA - WOMEN'S PRISON TORTURE (Onna - Ro Hizu) aka DECAPITATION ISLAND was directed by Toshiaki Tahara in 1970. There's a R2J DVD from 2008.

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TOKUGAWA - VIRGIN PRISON TORTURE (Hiroku Nagasaki Onnaro) was directed by Akikazu Ota in 1971.

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 24 Jun 2014, 22:41

HungFist wrote:
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.


Finally got around to watching DREAM CRIMES. I found a factory sealed VHS that probably wasn't worth what I paid for it. I agree the film is pretty bad, an example of the boring kind of roman porno where numerous ludicrous sex scenes are strung together with the laziest attempt at a plot. I actually watched the Blu-ray release of BLACK ANGEL VOL. 1 the day before and don't think it deserves to be mentioned alongside this mess. My only real problem with BLACK ANGEL VOL. 1 is the very painful Engrish spoken by Ikko and her buddy. DREAM CRIMES on the other hand had me honking laughter at idiotic sex scenes like the out-of-nowhere electric chair watersports dream sequence or the lesbian rubber tentacle scene. Definitely not something that should be watched sober - or more than once.


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