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Unread postby Marshall » 25 Apr 2015, 00:08

I wouldn't be able to cancel that card fast enough.

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 25 Apr 2015, 11:41

Not many options remaining if you want to pay for your smut. PayPal also refuses transactions for adult material and even on the adult section of Yahoo Auctions Japan you can't list anything with "rape" in the title. I'm not even going to list the countless "offensive" words you can't put into an ebay item description. I guess the final stage will be when banks refuse access to your accounts if you want to transfer money for a purpose they deem immoral.

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Unread postby Tenchu1998 » 25 Apr 2015, 17:56

I guess you'll have to start typing in Japanese now, and use Japanese money transfer services to get those Japanese Exploitation movies. Or simply go directly to the stores and pay cash.

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Unread postby Marshall » 26 Apr 2015, 07:00

These banks launder the money of drug cartels who decapitate their rivals with dull knives, but won't let you rent movies about make-believe stuff. I would happily tell them their services are no longer required if they had the audacity to pull that crap with me. RIDICULOUS.

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Unread postby HungFist » 01 May 2015, 13:35

"Oh my! Nikkatsu are "rebooting" their Roman Porno label next year, screening classics & producing new films by directors new to the genre."
- https://twitter.com/ryuganji/status/593958595835736064

Not too interested in new films, but hopefully this means new DVD releases of some classics that aren't available yet. About half of my favourite Roman Porno films are missing on DVD (e.g. Female Delinquent, Rape Ceremony, Red Violation...) or only available on OOP DVD (Oh Women! A Dirty Song, Crazed Fruit...).

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 02 May 2015, 20:38

I don't much care about new pinku productions either. That might change if they actually start producting something interesting but the last batch of remakes of some of their classic titles didn't interest me in the slightest and I just don't think that the system of film production and distribution these days lends itself to the kind of quality output that was possible in the 70ies and very early 80ies.

Of course I'll be rooting for more DVD (or Blu-ray!) releases of classic titles as well. There's still a handful I desperately wish to upgrade from my VHS tapes and even some that did get DVD releases need an upgrade... I'm obviously talking about those shitty bargain bin discs where they apparently just burned the WMP files from their PPV sites to a DVD, with results that are actually worse than my VHS cassettes.

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Foreign Mistress Oman: Holland Slope In the Rain (Japan, 1972) [DVD] - 2/5
Many of Chusei Sone's early films were technically competent and featured some great ideas, but just weren't captivating enough to hold the attention till the end. This film falls into that category. However, it is still one of the most exotic films in the Roman Porno catalogue, not just because parts of it are set in Shanghai, but also because it's a period yakuza film starring a Caucasian actress (Sally May). The film's best segment sees her stepping into Junko Fuji and Reiko Ike's shoes as she becomes a wandering female yakuza. Unfortunately there is too much soft-core sex drama and meaningless side plots before that, and the ending is a bit underwhelming as well. This would have been more interesting as a genuine yakuza/action film.

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Midnight Fairy (Japan, 1973) [DVD] - 4/5
A desperate young man ditched by his girlfriend hooks up with a mentally challenged prostitute. Together they set out for a journey that includes kidnapping, raping and kissing goodbye for the rules of the society. This is a superb, overlooked arthouse Roman Porno by Noboru Tanaka. It's an interesting mix of realism, visual poetry, and poignancy. Tanaka lets his camera wander on the streets, beautifully capturing the early 1970s locations and atmosphere. He also creates fantastic, carefully staged images such as baby on a bar desk. It's pretty poignant too: Tanaka seems to suggest that in a civilized society the only innocent person is a retarded prostitute who is too dumb to lie, cheat, and use violence. The film never feels pretentious, though; rather the contrary. It's fun, playful and relatively fast paced.

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My Sex Report: Intensities (Japan, 1976) [DVD] - 3.5/5
This film is often seen as Chusei Sone's return to form. It's an odd mixture of melancholic character drama, sex, and funkiness; not an entirely satisfactory film, but a frequently fascinating one. It's a about a nurse, her boyfriend, a local gangster and his girlfriend. Basically, the film feels like a fragmented slice of life piece with a pop film attitude. There's over-the-top sleaze, there's imaginative camerawork, there's harrowing moments between young lovers, and there's a beautiful score that occasionally switches to silly funk. Add some great street footage shot on the neon-lit streets of Shinjuku and a some of tiresome sex scenes, and you've got a film that could only have been made in the 1970s Japan.

Wet Weekend (Japan, 1979) [DVD] - 2.5/5
Here's a bit weaker - but not bad - suspense drama / zeitgeist by Kichitaro Negishi. It follows a young housemaid (Junko Miyashita) who is having an affair with her employer, a married older man who claims to love her but doesn't seem to be willing to leave his family. After waiting for him for years she finally hooks up with a petty thief and his girlfriend (Ako). Together the three come up with a plan to kidnap the rich man's daughter, without intending to hurt anyone. Despite the crime film elements the film is first and foremost a social study. It does capture the era and the struggles of the social class quite enjoyably, but it lacks the energy and freshness of Negishi's best films like From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (1978), Rape Ceremony (1980) and Crazed Fruit (1981).

Scent of a Spell (Japan, 1985) [VoD] - 2.5/5
A lonely man falls in love with a woman who tried to kill herself. She says she's on the run from an abusive husband; however, it turn out she may not be as innocent as she lets people believe. This was a Roman Porno release, but a produced by Director's Company as a mainstream noir with a couple of steamy sex scenes. The screenplay is by Takashi Ishii, who is adapting another author's novel here. Consequently (?) the film a bit more dialogue-based and less visual than most of Ishii's scripts. Some of his trademark visuals - water, rain, and surreal images - and psychological themes can still be found but to a lesser extent than usual. Toshiharu Ikeda helms the mystery alright, but the film feels a bit underwhelming overall considering the talent involved. It doesn't exactly benefit from the 80s piano/jazz score either. Though not a bad film, there are more stylish and atmospheric films made from Ishii's scripts, including Ikeda's later classic Evil Dead Trap (1988).

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Love Hunter (Japan, 1972) [DVD] - 2/5
Nikkatsu found themselves facing obscenity charges for this film. The trial went on for nearly a decade and the film was pulled from distribution, but they were eventually found not guilty. It's actually pretty tame stuff by today's standards - or even by later 1970s standards - but it's easy to see why the officials targeted this movie. It's the classic exploitation tale of a young guy falls for an immoral older vamp and then his innocent virgin girlfriend gets drawn into the new sinful world. There's everything from lesbian sex to orgies and a black male stripper dancing naked. Fans of the specific sub-genre should dig it; for others it may not be that exciting but it is well made: the cinematography and music are often beautiful and the film can certainly be called a work of art just as much as it is a piece of unashamed exploitation.

Erotic Journey: Love Affair in Hong Kong (Japan, 1973) [DVD] - 3/5
A desperate husband follows his runaway wife to Hong Kong. He hooks up with a local Japanese man, who, however soon turns out to be a gangster specializing in human trafficking. This is an uneven, but interesting throwback to Nikkatsu's 1960s action days while still being a Roman Porno production. Director Masaru Konuma seems bored with the sex scene quota, even making fun of it at times. It seems evident he would have rather made a genuine action thriller. However, the film still packs plenty of style, exotic locations, and a badass ending. It's not an entirely satisfactory film, but it certainly has its moments, especially towards the end.

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Rape Me: Sexual Assault In a Hotel Room (Japan, 1977) [DVD] - 1.5/5
An innocent college girl suffering from a trauma (her boyfriend broke his neck while doing pole vaulting and become nuts) hooks up with her sleazy female friend in Tokyo. They then run into a rapist in a hotel room. This is an oddly nonsensical film that doesn't really achieve anything within its 71 minute running time. None of the fun and breeze of director Koretsugu Kurahara's later film Eros School: Feels So Good (1977) is here to be found. Instead, the film is merely off-putting without being offensive in the least. The most interesting thing about the film is the score, which frequently makes it sound like a 1950s romantic film.

Sins of Sister Lucia (Japan, 1978) [DVD] - 1/5
A badly behaving teen girl gets sent to a convent full of lusty sisters. Koyu Ohara's pop art magic is nowhere to be found in this by-the-numbers nunsploitation film. It's not the worst film ever made, but it just gets tiresome very fast. The only minor - and indeed very minor - point of interest is when two escaped prisoners show up and bring some raping with them. Oddly enough, Ohara's next movie was to be his best: the charming, energetic youth film Pink Hip Girl, which created an entire new subgenre within the Roman Porno.

So Soft, So Cunning (Japan, 1979) [DVD] - 3.5/5
Can a film be too mainstream for the Roman Porno series? Nikkatsu seems to think so. All DVD releases of this film - which is often considered Lady Snowblood director Toshiya Fujita's best movie - lack any reference to its origins. Indeed, the film features less sex than many 1970s mainstream films and takes no less than 48 minutes for the first nude scene to appear. Nevertheless, it premiered in the Roman Porno series as a youth film double feature with Pink Hip Girl: Love Attack. It's a well written, well acted and all-around well made look into the late 1970s Japanese family relations among young people. Like most of Fujita's films, it follows young adults, but it lacks the rock, shock and pop of some of his other films. Instead, it's a very low key drama that makes accurate social observations. Like many of Fujita's films, it will probably resonate best with domestic audiences who have experienced the era.

Crazed Fruit (Japan, 1981) [DVD] - 4/5
Here's a terrific updating of the 1956 Nikkatsu classic Crazed Fruit; a new version that is superior to the original. While the original was a seminal sun tribe classic, the new version examines the 1980s Japanese youth from a more intimate, less political perspective. Consequently, it's a remake in name only. The film focuses on the unstable relationship between two youngsters: a guy working in a sex club and a rich girl who trades her stepfather lover for a younger boyfriend just for a change. Neither one of them really understand each other - or themselves.

Like many of director Kichitaro Negishi's other films, this movie would also be more at home in Art Theatre Guild's catalogue than in the Roman Porno series where it was released (Negishi's next film, Distant Thunder, was, in fact, an ATG production). The film features all of Negishi's strengths: energetic visual approach, terrific use of pop music, freezy outdoor scenes, and quiet moments which challenge the viewer to analyze the complex characters. The last 5 minutes features some of the most stylish cinema even seen in the Roman Porno genre.

Acting is thoroughly great as well. Lead actor Yûji Honma comes from Art Theatre Guild and the female star Yuki Ninagawa likewise has mainstream background. Neither one of them ever appeared in another Roman Porno production. Supporting actors are just as good: Eiji Okada (Hiroshima mon amour), talented Roman Porno regular Nobutaka Masutomi, and Eiko Nagashima whose performance as child-like, miserable yet energetic hooker is strangely toughing and one of the film's highlights.

This film absolutely needs a new DVD release. The old uplink release (caps below) is OOP and VHS quality at best.

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 06 May 2015, 19:33

The old uplink release (caps below) is OOP and VHS quality at best.

Uplink released some amazing films (Sato's Lolita Vibrator Torture, Tomomatsu's Eat the Schoolgirl etc.) and even included some very solid extras (unfortunately a rarity with pinku releases in Japan) but like you say, the quality of their transfers was consistently horrible.

I haven't seen Crazed Fruit yet but will keep it in mind. I'm enjoying these brief reviews as they give me an few ideas for films that I should probably watch. Used to be that I bought boxes full of ex-rental pink tapes from Japan and watched them all - the crappy and the sublime - but I just don't have the time or patience for that anymore.

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 19 Jun 2015, 20:14

Synapse/Impulse will finally release their next title in the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection with Sexual Assault at a Hotel (Hotel Kyosei Waisetsu Jiken: Okashite!/ホテル強制わいせつ事件 犯して!/1977) on August 18th.

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Unread postby HungFist » 26 Jun 2015, 08:20

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

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I got to see this one (not the DVD, though) and unfortunately it's nowhere near as good as Decapitation Island. Comments below:

Secret Report from Nagasaki Woman's Prison (1971)
This is the 6th and final film in Daiei's loosely linked series of women in prison movies set in the late 19th century. They were, of course, exploitation movies, but they were also surprisingly restrained compared to what Toei and Nikkatsu were putting out at the same time. There is little to no nudity in any of the films. The previous instalment, Decapitation Island, was nevertheless a very stylish entry with good acting, decent writing and an intriguing island setting. Nagasaki Woman's Prison unfortunately doesn't share those strengths. It's a mediocre-at-best genre effort with some girl fights, a little bit of blood, and no nudity at all. There are no interesting locations like in Decapitation Island either. The only memorable scene involves some inventive candle torture.

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Unread postby HungFist » 26 Aug 2015, 07:44

I made a pleasant suprise discovery and managed to write a bit about it!

Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (1978)

This is probably Masaru Konuma's best film together with Woman in the Box II, a breezy love story about two youngsters on the run from the world. The two meet on a chilly winter day as she is walking on a frozen fountain and he tries to help her after she's fallen through the ice - only to find them both in a need of dry clothes a moment later. It's a good opening, and the film only gets better after that.

The best thing about the film is the two leads. Toshiyuki Kitami and Megumi Ogawa seem to have genuine chemistry between them. He's a little reckless but ultimately kind of a good guy; while she's a little temperate but innocent and energetic like a little girl. Even the potentially sleazy storyline - they run into an older guy who suggest they should earn money by having sex in front of paying elite audiences - feels oddly innocent in this context. You find yourself really caring for the two, which is a rare thing in the Roman Porno genre.

Konuma keeps the tale moving fast enough despite a few slow patches and makes a terrific use of the song "Wakare uta" by Miyuki Nakajima. There are many scenes shot in the early morning and you can almost feel the fresh, chilly air coming through the screen. There's a bit of gangster-style storyline as well with the guy owing money to people who are after him. Noboru Tanaka's famous words about using the Roman Porno genre to tell good stories spring to mind. Though not unforgettable, this is one of those good stories and it quite resembles some of the best early Roman Porno youth dramas, like Delicate Skilful Fingers (1972).

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This is another one of those films the Weissers brutally and unfairly bash without even having see the film, and get half of the facts wrong in the process. They for example describe an ending that is completely different from the film (and this isn't the first time they do that). I know from experience that interpreting Japanese sources can be very difficult due to their ambiguous use of language, but they really should have refrained from cruel bashing when they haven't even seen the bloody film.


Masaru Konuma Films I Like
1. Woman in the Box II (1988)
2. Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (1978)
3. Image of a Bound Girl (1980)
4. Getting Raped (1976)
5. Erotic Journey: Love Affair In Hong Kong (1973)

Masaru Konuma Films I Don't Care For
1. Afternoon Affair: Kyoto Holy Tapestry (1973)
2. Mr. Dilemma Man: Lunatic For Lust (1979)
3. Wife's Sexual Fantasy: Before Husband's Eyes (1980)

Masaru Konuma Films I Hate
1. Woman in the Box (1985)
2. Rope and Breasts (1983)
3. Wife to Be Sacrificed (1974)
4. Fallen Angel Gang (1981)
5. Noble Lady: Bound Vase (1977)
6. Wet Vase (1976)
7. Flower & Snake (1974)

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Unread postby Guro Taku » 26 Aug 2015, 20:04

Maybe I should give Woman in a Box 2 a shot. I bought it together with the first film and sold them both without having watched the second film after thoroughly despising the first one.

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Guro Taku wrote:Maybe I should give Woman in a Box 2 a shot. I bought it together with the first film and sold them both without having watched the second film after thoroughly despising the first one.


Hah, big mistake! From the 199 Roman Porno films I've seen (or fast forwarded), Woman in the Box is among the 5 worst. Woman in the Box II is among the 15 best.

The first film is just miserable in every sense (other than featuring one Onyanko Club song in it), cheap shot-on-video hard-core garbage. The sequel, on the other hand, is a very moody horror film set on a ski resort. Beautiful visuals, beautiful score, shot on 35mm... you barely even notice that it basically has an S&M storyline hidden somewhere beneath the surface.

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Unread postby HungFist » 09 Sep 2015, 18:16

I rewatched Woman of the Afternoon: Incite (1979) the other night and I gotta say this is a small gem! Fresh, breezy, colorful, fast paced... everything most Roman Porno films lack. It's just hard to write about it, because it's the kind of film that is absolutely best experienced without any expectations. It will take you by a surprise!

It's a shame it has never been subbed, officially or unofficially. The Japanese DVD by Geneon is excellent, though.

Now, if you're still not convinced, allow me to go into the spoiler territory.

The first 25 minutes of the film is breezy road movie with Natsuko Yashiro running from her jerk husband, heading for a road trip, making friends with sympathetic young gay guy, and even getting herself into a car chase as she decides to set things right with the youngsters who ran into her car. It's all fun, stylish and even a bit romantic. Cool use of music as well, and good cinematography.

Then, without any warning, she arrives a God forsaken small town populated by redneck psycho rapist killers. They rape the guy, kill another man, capture a girl, and start chasing her with a fucking front loader. All of a sudden we are watching a violent pink movie probably influenced by Deliverance and Tobe Hooper. And then there is the pitch black humour. In one scene the rednecks are gang raping women and one of them cracks such as good joke that his friend has to take a break from raping. He even says "I'm laughing so hard I can't do it".

The film was directed by Nobuyuki Saito, but the real credit should probably go to screenwriter Chiho Katsura, who also wrote Assault! Jack the Ripper, Rape! 13th Hour, Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train, Zoom Up: Rape Site, Zoom In: Rape Apartments, House, Futari and other films. Director Saito struggled to ever come up with another good film again. The only other worthwhile effort by him was Captured Mother and Daughter (1987), which was scipted by the excellent Haruhiko Arai.


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Wives' Rape Mansion (1985)

And the award for the most misleadingly titled and mistranslated film title goes to... Nobuyuki Saito's surprisingly decent character drama. A middle aged couple are having conflicting views on getting children, with the wife having no interest in kids. The poor husband then spends his nights sitting in front of fridge and remembering the better times... and finally dials the phone sex number his colleague gave him. Despite certain Roman Porno trappings, it's a surprisingly well handled film by with slick visuals, broken chronology, and good leading performance by the mainstream actor Sabu Kawahara. The film also co-stars soft toy mini Godzilla, features strawberry flavour eatable pants, and makes a Hiroko Yakushimaru joke. Talk about chic. The title's suggested rape only takes place during the last five minutes, and is a part of the couple's marriage drama, so those expecting a thriller or violent pink film will be sorely disappointed.

Poor Thomas Weisser got everything wrong in this review, starting from the title which features two mistranslations in three words. First of all, the "mansion" in the original title (Hitotsuma Boko Mansion) is a loan word which, when used in Japanese, refers to an apartment, not mansion like in English. Secondly, the wives should be in singular, not plural. And then Weisser thought this would be a violent pink film. He went on to explain how "the plot tells the story of a rapist specializing in high-rise condo assaults" and concluded his review by stating the film is a "mean-spirited rape flick". Nope, none of that is in the film. It's a marriage drama about a middle aged couple.

Most Western viewers will probably miss the admittedly lowbrow but funny joke when the husband farts in bed after holding for long time and says "kaikan" (wonderful"). That's an expression Hiroko Yakushimaru popularized in Sailor Suit and Machine Gun when she uttered the word after finally firing the gun at the end of the film. The expression instantly became a pop culture classic.

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Unread postby Mo » 20 Sep 2015, 20:08

What's up with the triangle shaped nipples on the guy holding Godzilla in front of his dick?
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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Sep 2015, 15:18

Mo wrote:What's up with the triangle shaped nipples on the guy holding Godzilla in front of his dick?


I don't know. I never noticed before you mentioned about it.

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Unread postby HungFist » 26 Sep 2015, 06:05

This is embarrassing. For almost 10 years I've got Toei's comic actors Tooru Yuri, Akira Oizumi and Hachiro Oka's names mixed up. Six years ago when Marshall asked who the actors were I gave wrong names. I have corrected my old post now:

HungFist wrote:He's Tooru Yuri (edit: no he isn't. He's Hachiro Oka. I was mistaken and probably some of my other posts repeat the same mistake!). He and Toru Yuri were regular comic relief in Toei's movies. For example, if you're watching a Sukeban movie and there's a horny fool getting swindled by the girls, you can bet your money it's either Yuri or Oka.

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If my memory serves me correctly, they both appear together in Horrors of Malformed Men. Seem to have lost my screencap. They play Monk A and Monk B :D

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Unread postby Marshall » 29 Sep 2015, 03:26

Outstanding. Thanks for the info!

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Unread postby HungFist » 08 Oct 2015, 15:19

Another mini review set:

Sensual Classroom: Techniques in Love (Japan, 1972) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Despite the title, this early Noboru Tanaka film is very much an arthouse affair; only not a very good one at all. Tanaka actually manages quite a few stylish visuals and good musical choices throughout the film. Unfortunately none of this helps when he completely misjudges what passes as serious art and what is just plain ridiculous. Half of the film comes out unintentionally funny. For a far more successful effort see Tanaka's Midnight Fairy (1973), which had the same artistry but none of the clumsiness that sinks this movie.

Naked Resume: True Story of Kazuko Shirakawa (Japan, 1973) [DVD] - 2/5
Nikkatsu's first pink queen Kazuko Shirakawa stars in this entirely fictional true account supposedly based on her life. It was her farewell role before retiring and marrying a Nikkatsu executive. Chusei Sone helmed the film. Despite making up events at every turn, and featuring such exotic ideas as sex with clowns, the film feels oddly ruotine effort by director Sone. It's a shame the film barely touches her film career at Nikkatsu. Indeed, the filmmaking parts, and especially the ending which features many cameos and film clips from her movies, is the film's best part.

100 High School Girls: Secret Motel Report (Japan, 1975) [DVD] - 1/5
The 1973-1975 period is often referred as a mid-career slump in director Chusei Sone's filmography. It is a good generalization; however, there were occasional inspired films during this period as well. Unfortunately this isn't one of them. The film opens in black & white, which reminds of Sone's wrongfully bashed 1974 movie Modern Prostitution: Lust Under Uniform. Unfortunately none of that film's stylish cinematography and decent plotting can be found here, and the use of black & white film for the first 15 minutes serves no actual purpose. The plot shows a little bit of promise at first - a reporter begins investigating a motel where illicit high school girl activity is supposed to take place - but it doesn't go anywhere and the whole movie is directed without any kind of passion or inspiration. Oh, and there aren't nearly 100 high school girls in the film - 10 would be a better guess.

Kindan: Seifuku no modae (Japan, 1976) [DVD] - 1/5
There are so many terrible movies in the Roman Porno genre that it's always a bit sad when you come across one that actually wouldn't be so bad if it only had something going for it. This is the case here. A school girl falls in love with her cousin, who first has a skiing accident and then turns out to be an asshole, and finally his friend seduces her. Whatever. This could be a passable melodrama as far as music and acting goes, but there's very little reason to care about anything that's going on. The only point of interest is the snowy mountain locations featured in the opening scene. Sadly, the rest of the film takes place in boring suburbs.

Teacher Deer (Japan, 1978) [DVD] - 1/5
Chusei Sone was a frustratingly uneven director who could deliver a dull misfire like this even during the most innovative era of his career (1978-1981), which contained several excellent films like Red Violation (1980) and Taiyo no Kizuato (1981). This one is about a mixed race teacher who enters a high school in order to pursue revenge on a man who did wrong to his father decades ago. It's an overlong erotic thriller with no thrills. Style is severely lacking, characters have zero depth, and the storyline is quite pointless. It should also be noted that the film has nothing to do with SM, despite the usual fairytale review by the Weissers claiming otherwise. Only if they'd actually watch the movies they review. Then again, they can consider themselves lucky they didn't have to endure this one.

Zoom Up: Sexual Crime Report (Japan, 1981) [DVD] - 1/5
The 4th film in the loosely linked series was directed by Nikkatsu's worst filmmaker, Katsuhiko Fujii. Rape queen Yuki Kazamatsuri stars as a radio DJ who has married a rich businessman. One night on her way to work she's gang raped by a motorcycle gang. It turns out her innocent looking maid was behind it all, and soon the gang pays her another visit. Despite the film's title, there is no crime report or any investigation aspect. Nor is the film much of a thriller. It's simply a badly written excuse for sex scenes, some consensual, some not. Those viewer expecting something in line with the first two films in the series need not bother. Nor does anyone else.

Female Teacher Hunting (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 2.5/5
A surprisingly decent storyline that suffers from a boring main character and Nikkatsu's usual minimum sex scene quota. A delinquent schoolboy is accused of raping a female classmate. He didn't do it, in fact no one did, but he decides rape her since he's being accused of it anyway. He then quits school, gets into further trouble, and is taken in by a yakuza couple who run a bar in the seaside. His teacher goes looking for him while also having an affair with a married man - a side plot that no one could care less about. Rape queen Yuki Kazamatsuri is the film's official star as the female teacher; however, the real interest lies in the youngsters who thankfully get at least as much screen time as she does. There's is cruel irony as well as slight psychological and existential tones to the film, quite well handled by director Junichi Suzuki, who also helmed the terrible Women in Heat Behind Bars. If it wasn't for the main character and boring sex, this could even be called "good".

I have to say, the film features some quite nice shots:
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Cabaret Diary (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 2/5
Kichitaro Negishi returned to Nikkatsu for one final movie after his successful Art Theatre Guild production Distant Thunder (1981). Unfortunately it is not one of his best efforts, despite a screenplay by top scripter Haruhiko Arai. It's a corporate satire and a sex biz overview in equal proportions, following a guy working at a pink salon as a waiter. He constantly gets slapped, hit, and shouted at by his yakuza-like, power-abusing and patriotic superiors who are somewhat exaggerated versions of traditional Japanese company bosses. The film initially seems to have some bite, but the satire wears off, there's too much sex, and the characters aren't all that interesting. Negishi did much better with the superb, misleadingly titled Rape Ceremony (1980), also written by Arai.

Spectacle of Buds (Japan, 1986) [DVD] - 1/5
If the ever so unreliable Thomas Weisser is anything to go by, singer Yoko Kon stayed in the headlines not only because of her musical performances but also for rumours about her inverted nipples. Nikkatsu's former star director Noboru Tanaka came out of Roman Porno retirement to reveal the mystery in this slice-of-life film starring Kon. Yes, she had strange boobs. But whose idea was it to build a 100 minute movie around those boobs?! Director Tanaka could make a technically competent film with his eyes closed, but this one just doesn't have anything going for it, except for one truly bizarre scene where Kon is looking at a photo of a naked baby and then starts touching herself.

Waiting Wet Woman (Japan, 1987) [DVD] - 3/5
An interesting late Roman Porno scripted by top writer Haruhiko Arai (Distant Thunder, Vibrator, It's Only Talk). The film takes place in a small town during a typhoon. A woman living alone is visited by her ex-husband. At the same time a young couple who are about to break up get trapped in the town as public transport is cut off. Director Yasuaki Uegaki is best known for the over-rated Pink Curtain films. He does much here, paying a lot of attention to characters, visual details, and nature. The first sex scene doesn't come until around the 30 minute mark. The film feels more like the work of Kichitaro Negishi or Shinji Somai than your typical Roman Porno product. Unfortunately the film doesn't quite hold till the end. The last 20 minutes is the weakest, with a long dull sex scene, and quite an underwhelming finish for the storyline.

The film's title - Machi nureta onna - features some terrible wordplay, though. Not only do we have the ever so popular Nikkatsu buzzword "nureta" (wet) for once applied to a film where it actually rains, it's combined with "machi" with means "wait" in its written form but is pronounced just like the other "machi" which means "town". So, Waiting Wet Woman - Wet Town Woman. If I was 13 years old I'd probably find this funny and cleaver. Now my brain just hurts.

Getting ready for...
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rain
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more rain
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enough rain to make a woman wet
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Young couple
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A rarity in Roman Porno: a good sex scene. The first one I see this year, I think.
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Recognize her? Ako!
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I really like some of the cinematography, like this
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and this
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and this
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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby sing_o_muse » 17 Nov 2015, 03:12

I'm a total noob, just writing to say thanks to the many people on this thread (and board) for sharing so much of what they know with others.

One thing I like about Japanese films: the DVD transfers are in amazing condition compared to HK wuxia films (especially non-Shaw ones). It's incredible what you have to put up with.

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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Nov 2015, 13:43

Glad to hear that. And welcome to the board.

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby HungFist » 18 Dec 2015, 02:56

HungFist wrote:"Oh my! Nikkatsu are "rebooting" their Roman Porno label next year, screening classics & producing new films by directors new to the genre."
- https://twitter.com/ryuganji/status/593958595835736064

Not too interested in new films, but hopefully this means new DVD releases of some classics that aren't available yet. About half of my favourite Roman Porno films are missing on DVD (e.g. Female Delinquent, Rape Ceremony, Red Violation...) or only available on OOP DVD (Oh Women! A Dirty Song, Crazed Fruit...).


Batch 1: April 2, 2016

Blu-Ray
The World of Geisha (1973)
Secret Chronicle: She-Beast Market (1974)
Sailor fuku shikijo shiiku (1982)
Scent of a Spell (1985)
Madam Scandal: Let Me Die For 10 Seconds (1982)
Madam Scandal - Final Scandal: Madam Likes It Hard (1983)

DVD
Seduction of Eros (1972)
Amorous Family: Like a Fox and a Racoon (1972)
Confessions of a Female Secretary: Juice From the Fruit (1976)

+ a few DVD re-releases
- http://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/topics/?p=606

Great news, although those are not exactly the titles I was looking for. Lets see what Batch 2 will include.

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread postby Guro Taku » 18 Dec 2015, 22:08

Yeah, that's a pretty underwhelming line-up. Makes me wonder what the decision making process for choosing those titles was. I'll probably pick up SCENT OF A SPELL on BD just because it's an Ishii/Ikeda collaboration and it amuses me that it skips DVD and jumps right from VHS to BD even if the film isn't all that memorable.


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