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Unread post by HungFist » 03 Apr 2018, 08:24

Watched some more Shogoro Nishimura movies

Lusty Wife: Temptation of Flesh (色情妻 肉の誘惑) (Japan, 1976) [DVD] - 1.5/5
A sexually frustrated housewife runs into a creepy gypsy lady who tells her she's going to die unless she gets laid soon. Oddly enough, she doesn't go on a sex spree but instead gets scared. A rare specimen among Roman Porno, a sex film veering to occult horror. The plot is ridiculous and Shogoro Nishimura's direction utterly mediocre, but there are some bizarre moments especially towards the end that are worthy of some attention.

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Pleasure in the Mirror (鏡の中の悦楽) (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 1/5
A college kid starts spying on his sister's sex sessions thru a magic mirror and of course soon wants to join in. One would assume this film was done after the success of Pink Curtain, Nikkatsu's other similarly themed and slightly classier picture, but "Pleasure" actually came first, by a 14 day margin. With this subject matter, with even more sex than usual packed into 65 minutes, it's guaranteed to leave its audience feeling dirty, even if it looks and sounds surprisingly good. There's a lot of interesting talent behind the camera; director Shogoro Nishimura, assistant director Naosuke Kurosawa (Zoom Up: Rape Apartments, 1980), writer Chiho Katsuura (House, 1977) and cinematographer Yoshiro Yamazaki (Outlaw: Heartless,1968), most of them slacking with the exception of Yamazaki. Actor Nobutaka Masutomi, one of the most recognizable male faces in Roman Porno, seems to have been dubbed by someone else than himself for some reason.

Ran no nikutai (蘭の肉体) (Japan, 1984) [VoD] - 1.5/5
Roman Porno vending machine Shogoro Nishimura must have been trying to entertain himself with this sex film disguised as a gangster flick. Two small time goons and debt collectors (a guy and a girl) accidentally cause a desperate man to jump to his death from a high roof. Other people living in the house retaliate, causing the guy to run and the girl to seek shelter in one of the apartments. Unfortunately what could've been "The Porno Raid" then turns into a standard sex drama with one girl and too many (outlaw) guys with the hots on her. The gangster stuff adds slight curiosity to it, but is ultimately little more than a minor backdrop. How disappointing.

Gate of Flesh (肉体の門) (Japan, 1977) [VoD] - 2.5/5
Nikkatsu's semi-lavish Roman Porno adaptation of the famous novel, produced with a larger than usual budget and released with an exceptional 97 minute running time. It's a good story and there are fine, even poignant moments depicting life in the post war slums. Director Shogoro Nishimura also inserts occasional effective moments of beauty and hope. Ultimately, though, one has to ask exactly how much point was there to the film other than money. Seijun Suzuki's 1964 adaptation was just as violent and erotic despite having less nudity, and twice as stylish. A more realistic touch to the drama is the only new contribution this version has to offer.

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Roman Porno treasure hunt

Eros Schedule Book: Female Artist (色暦女浮世絵師) (Japan,1971) [VoD] - 2/5
A sick artists finds success with dirty paintings he based on sketches done by her wife (Setsuko Ogawa), who in turn was left with a fixation for eros after being raped by a semi-retarded drooling nobility idiot. Passable period film, and director Chusei Sone's debut film. Like many of his early pictures, this one relies on a set of good looking, sometimes unusual (the grittiness of the rapes come as a surprise) images and scenes to carry a film that is not consistently good filmmaking. He did helm some superior efforts though, such as Secret Chronicle: Prostitute Market (1972), before delivering his finest pictures in the late 70s and early 80s (Red Violation, Red Classroom etc.).

Beads From a Petal (花弁のしずく) (Japan, 1972) [VoD] - 3/5
Interesting if uneven directorial debut by Noboru Tanaka, whose background in French literature and poetry is worth keeping in mind when watching his early films. This movie, about a traumatized, sexually frigid woman (Rie Nakagawa in her first Nikkatsu film), is constructed as an allegory for the Japan that was defeated in WWII. The film borders on ridiculous at times, especially when it comes to her treatment in the hands (quite literally) of a doctor, but it's so well shot and edited, conveying an almost paranoid sense of mental insecurity, that it easily keeps the audience on board for 70 minutes. It is precisely the kind of film a young director veering towards arthouse would make when given some money and a condition to do something centring around sex. Tanaka, unlike some others, saw Roman Porno as an opportunity to create unique stories and art within certain confinements.

Afternoon Affair: Metamorphosis (Japan, 1973) (昼下りの情事 変身) [VoD] - 3/5
A young woman (Miyoko Aoyama) earns extras cash working as a prostitute at night, unbeknownst to her family and friends. Another good-ish early film by Noboru Tanaka, and a contrast and companion piece to his debut Beads From a Petal (1972). There's not terribly much character depth for a film that is essentially a character study, but Tanaka shows visual ambition again, creating long scenes void of dialogue (and sex), using only music and images as means of expression. Flowers and colours are used symbolically throughout the film. Attempts at depicting the flow of life in a metropolis via various supporting characters (brutish flower shop owner Akira Takahashi, his wife Moeko Ezawa and brother Morio Kazama etc.) fall short though; their lives are overly sexualized for the sake of adding more (boring) sex into the film.

Happinet will be releasing this film on DVD this year.

When at its best, the film looks and sounds really, really good
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Morio Kazama and Miyoko Aoyama
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Akira Takahashi
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Jitsuroku: Ganso manaita show (実録・元祖マナ板ショー) (Japan, 1975) [VoD] - 1.5/5
The birth of the "manaita show" (strippers engaging in sexual acts with the audience on stage) as presented by junk director Katsuhiko Fujii. Still, it is questionable if this "true account" was based on much other than Nikkatsu's budget and box office calculations. It was yet another film that put the word "jitsuroku" (true account, or docu-drama) into its title, a trend initiated by Toei yakuza films in the early 70s and soon adapted by Nikkatsu (Naked Resume: True Story of Kazuko Shirakawa; Gypsy Rose: A Docu-Drama; Jitsuroku Abe Sada aka A Woman Called Abe Sada etc.). The film stars Yuri Yamashina alongside real strippers doing what they do best. There is one amazing strip dance number with genuinely impressive staging, choreography and music. Unfortunately the rest of the film is a series of dull sex scenes linked with meaningless brief dialogue bits, as one would expect from D-grade director Fujii.

Bridal Doll (団鬼六 花嫁人形) (Japan, 1979) [VoD] - 2/5
A young man falls in love with a woman (Asako Kurayoshi, an actress with very expressive eyes) who has been sold as human doll to an slimebag who is into SM. He responds by kidnapping the slimebag's wife and subjecting her to similar treatment. This is junk director Katsuhiko Fujii's arthouse picture, a melancholic, impressionist revenge movie with occasional surreal visual sequences. Fujii paints the frame in red, cuts to historical past and shows a crucifixion, not entirely unlike directors like as Nobuhiko Obayashi, Shuji Terayama and Shunya Ito. But Fujii could never dream of being in their league, and this film is a superficial imitation with lesser execution and little meaning to the images. Still, it's a bit better than most other Oniroku Dan SM junk. The score is quite beautiful at times.

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That's a doll in a horror house, btw.
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Love Beast: Flower of Vice (愛獣 悪の華) (Japan, 1981) [VoD] - 1/5
Other than being a sort of come-back series for actress Jun Izumi, who starred in two Nikkatsu films in 1976 before trying a mainstream career with other studios, the Love Beast series is interesting for being crime films within Roman Porno. The follow-up to this movie, the Naosuke Kurosawa directed neo noir Love Beast: Attack! (1981), was rather successful. This opening instalment by workman director Akira Kato fires blanks, however. What begins as a 'yakuza giving heat to a bar owner and his girl (Izumi)' thriller soon turns into 'abducted girl trained for prostitution' boredom. That is, sex, sex, sex. How disappointing.

Virgin nanka kowakunai (ヴァージンなんか怖くない) (Japan,1984) [VoD] - 3/5
The Warriors (or perhaps more like The Bronx Warriors) goes Roman Porno in a punk action gang chase film! Except there is only one gang, and the runaways are a motorbike riding radio DJ who offended a gang member, and a guy who comes to her rescue. It's certainly a unique film in the Roman Porno series, for the main gang alone, which includes a crazed blonde punk, guys in gladiator clothing armed with blades and nunchakus, and two crazy women who look like pro wrestling escapees, all with ridiculous sex drives. Rikiya Yasuoka also appears as a sort of gang godfather. Luckily and unluckily the film was helmed by Hiruyuki Nasu, a trendy but somewhat talentless director with music video sensibilities, one who was never better than the scripts he worked with. The film is a mess with lots of potential; a better filmmaker could have made something really cool with the material. Still, it's a entertaining ride with punk and rock that earns an extra point for its sheer peculiarity.

Bad guys
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chasing the heroes
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Some some reason I keep thinking of Michael Pare in Streets of Fire...
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Rikiya Yasuoka on the left
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A guy who escaped from an Enzo G. Castellari set
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Ran no nikutai (蘭の肉体) (Japan, 1984) [VoD] - 1.5/5
Roman Porno vending machine Shogoro Nishimura must have been trying to entertain himself with this sex film disguised as a gangster flick. Two small time goons and debt collectors (a guy and a girl) accidentally cause a desperate man to jump to his death from a high roof. Other people living in the house retaliate, causing the guy to run and the girl to seek shelter in one of the apartments. Unfortunately what could've been "The Porno Raid" then turns into a standard sex drama with one girl and too many (outlaw) guys with the hots on her. The gangster stuff adds slight curiosity to it, but is ultimately little more than a minor backdrop. How disappointing.

Seifuku yurizoku - Warui asobi (制服百合族 悪い遊び) (Japan, 1985) [VoD] - 3/5
Cute lesbian schoolgirls in a love triangle! Questionable but functional entertainment by Koyu Ohara, a director capable of going back and forth between roughies and pop flicks. His tender side was always his best side, and that's what puts this film a few notches above the competition. Although the film may have been nothing but an excuse to fill the screen with girls in (and without) sailor uniforms, it's really quite a sweet film with evident sympathies for its heroines. From cute dialogue exchanges ("do you think we're doing something wrong?" heard as best friends Mami Mochizuki and Mayumi Asakura discover girl love by accident) to solid character confrontations (Chie Yamaguchi, delivering an unexpectedly strong performance as a mentally unstable girl in love with an about-to-be-married man, walking into the bride's condo to confess) and plenty of attractive skin, the film somehow achieves the unusual: you start rooting for these girls, and not just to take their clothes off.

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Mami Mochizuki and Mayumi Asakura
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Chie Yamaguchi in all of the caps below. She's really good as a disturbed girl...
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... in love...
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...thinking the world revolves around her only
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Seifuku niku-dorei (制服肉奴隷) (Japan, 1985) [VoD] - 1.5/5
Potential but disappointingly underwritten dark drama about a high school girl (Mami Mochizuki) who is bullied and sexually abused both at home and in school. There are moments powerful filmmaking, many of which have to do with Mochizuki's performance. She was a young actress with seemingly limited acting talent but good screen presence. In fringe and school uniform, playing an alienated and disturbed teenager, she shared much with the early 2000s Chiaki Kuriyama. This was the last of her only three Nikkatsu appearances (followed by a small role in Obayashi's His Motorcycle, Her Island before apparent retirement). It is too bad the film, helmed by the frequently disappointing Junichi Suzuki, features more sex than storytelling. A missed opportunity.

Mami Mochizuki
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Unread post by HungFist » 10 Apr 2018, 13:26

Regarding the upcoming Happinet BD releases:
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27 Feb 2018, 16:42
Lesbians in Uniform 制服 百合族 (note: title change. Original is セーラー服 百合族) (1983)
This is now listed under the original title セーラー服 百合族 (Sailor fuku yurizoku) again, instead of the censored re-release title 制服 百合族 (Seifuku yurizoku) which was first announced.

I watched the film recently... a typical Hiroyuki Nasu film. Empty and superficial, with some stylish music video visuals. It does exactly what it the title (Lesbians in Uniforms) promises, and very little else. Koyu Ohara's Seifuku Yurizoku: Warui Asobi (制服百合族 悪い遊び) does the same formula much better, with heart and characterization... sadly no dvd / bd in the existence.
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Live Act: Top Stripper (本)噂のストリッパー (1982)
I also watched this film a few days ago. Quite a good slice of life drama with a genuinely sympathetic protagonist (mainstream actor Ken Miyawaki). A much better film than Yoshimitsu Morita's other Roman Porno, Pink Cut: Love Me Big, Love Me Deep. I'll post a bit more about the film later.

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Unread post by HungFist » 20 Apr 2018, 07:46

Nikkatsu now has a website for the upcoming releases:
https://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/bddvd2018/

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The nipple censorship notwithstanding these covers are a significant improvement over the eyesores that have previously passed as Happinet covers.

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Unread post by HungFist » 20 Apr 2018, 10:15

Indeed. The covers for Afternoon Affair: Metamorphosis (昼下りの情事 変身) and Enka jōshikō: kizudarake no kaben (怨歌情死考 傷だらけの花弁) are pretty stylish, in fact.

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though not on par with the original poster for Afternoon Affair
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Just got this!

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Can't express how happy I am I finally managed to snatch this after a few years worth of lost auctions. It's a rare item and very much in demand.

Exceptionally, there were two copies for sale at the same time, the one closing first listed with a notably higher starting price. I figured I'd get this for a semi reasonable price by bidding on the more expensive one. That's because that would send other bidders to the cheaper one which, however, because it closes later and it is only human that in a bidding war people end up bidding more than they planned on the last minute, would end up going for a higher price in the end. That's exactly what happened! I got mine for 4600 yen (with shipping), the other copy went for 6300 (with shipping).

I've seen this poster going for 7000 - 8000 yen before... which was too much for my budget.

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The rest of my Roman Porno treasure hunt

White Whore (白い娼婦 花芯のたかまり) (Japan, 1974) [VoD] - 2.5/5
Dark and cold, if not very deep psychological drama by Masaru Konuma. It takes a bit of patience because there's a random filler sex scene right at the start, immediately sending the film off the rails. But there's better things to come. Well, "better". Yuri Yamashina is a hooker, always dressed in white (hence the delicate title), with a brother confined in a wheelchair. She keeps feeding him with young girls (some willing, others not) until one day she's raped (by a laundry delivery boy) in front of him, much to his delight. Things only get more twisted after this sexual awakening. This isn't one of Konuma's best pictures, but the storyline and arty approach work alright once you get over the poor start. His finest films remain the breezy love story Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (1978) and the atmospheric horror drama Woman In the Box 2 (1988).

Notice the billboard for Toei double feature Golgo 13 & Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song which came out Dec. 19, 1973)
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Female Teacher: Boy Hunt (女教師 少年狩り) (Japan, 1975) [VoD] - 2/5
There's a slight promise of something unusual with a title like "Boy Hunt", an anomaly among the more comfortably chauvinist "Woman Hunt" titles. And indeed, an all boy's school set film with a predatory female protagonist seems to have been a bit much for the Roman Porno audiences whose faith in their manhood had to be restored by having dentist Akira Takahashi drilling the fore mentioned heroine, and a bunch of schoolboys target her in the name of vengeance (her ex-student committed a suicide)... All of which largely undo the promise, especially when her misconducts are, despite the title, largely limited to an ex-romance and shaving misbehaving boys' pubic hair as a punishment in one scene! A bit of an odd film, and not really that bad of a movie even if it's a bit pedestrian in execution.

Slave Wife (奴隷妻) (Japan, 1976) [VoD] - 3/5
Kimono wearing wife Naomi Tani is assaulted by hilariously over the top American G.I.s before being abducted by bitter former servant Akira Takahashi. Tolerable direction and focused storyline, effective cross cutting between present and past, unexpected ending, and Takahashi as the abductor make this film more watchable than most of its SM companions. Takahashi was an unsung hero of Roman Porno; a decent actor who spent two decades playing second fiddle to actresses when Nikkatsu went Roman Porno, usually portraying gangsters. Quite often he'd manage to breathe life - even a tiny bit - to characters that were intended as nothing more than plot tools. This film features one of his biggest roles, and he doesn't disappoint.

Gaijin yaro harassing Naomi Tani
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Rape Shot: Momoe’s Lips (レイプ・ショット 百恵の唇) (Japan, 1979) [VoD] - 2.5/5
This fast paced, surprisingly watchable pop thriller emerges as junk director Katsuhiko Fujii's best film. It's about a sleazy asshole reporter (Noriaki Abe with an amazing 70s moustache and perm) trying to bust pop star Miki (Minako Mizushima) for drugs while she's also being targeted by kidnappers and protected by a Terminator like bodyguard (Toei actor Shinzo Hotta in a ridiculous role). While the film's title is Momoe Yamaguchi exploitation it seems the project itself was influenced by Koyu Ohara breezy pop films and Yasuharu Hasebe's crime films (Abe also starred in Hasebe's tonally similar Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train). It's still sloppy filmmaking with some dull sex scenes and zero depth (you'll notice your attention drops the second there isn't something cool on screen) but it remains more watchable than you'd expect, is finely shot and even has some cool music.

Live Act: Top Stripper ((本)噂のストリッパー) (Japan, 1982) [VoD] - 3.5/5
A genuinely warm slice of life piece following the lives of a small strip theatre staff and dancers, and a very sympathetic young man (mainstream actor Ken Miyawaki) who falls in love with a dancer called Gloria (Kaori Okamoto). Meanwhile, a lonely and sweet girl named Yoshiko (Ayako Ota, looking like an 80s idol ala Hiroko Yakushimaru or Tomoyo Harada) befriends him and falls in love with him. There's a bit of crude sex as a genre burden and the characterization could benefit from a longer running time, but those are relatively minor flaws. This is one of those films people go in expecting a skin flick and come out having experienced something more profound: a good story with decent characters. It also functions as a decent, musically oriented zeitgeist to early 80s Japan. Writer / director Yoshimitsu Morita helmed his most celebrated film The Family Game the following year.

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Ken Miyawaki
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Elder Sister's Diary (Japan, 1984) (姉日記) [VoD] - 1.5/5
Hiroyuki Nasu (Bebop High School, 1985) was Nikkatsu's gun for hire for trendy, commercial entertainment in the mid 80s. He helmed pictures like Lesbians in Uniforms (1983) with the audio-visual touch of a music video director (and corresponding character depth). This film is a beach resort set Pink Curtain (1982) meets Sun Tribe lite with no other point than to milk the "brother in love with hot elder sister" concept. The Sun Tribe reference mainly epitomizes in the tremendous, cool as hell closing scene where the protagonist (Kaoru Oda) cuts her hair short and takes off her bikini top as she speeds to open sea in a motorboat operated by her brother who is left speechless by her coolness, all set to blazing pop music. Bravo!

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That's Roman Porno: Smile of Goddesses (ザッツ・ロマンポルノ 女神たちの微笑み) (Japan, 1988) [VoD] - 1.5/5
A 95 minute collection of clips (not trailers, like sometimes claimed) from Roman Porno films, disguised as a "documentary" (which it is not, save for an occasional narrator voice or an screen text), released in commemoration of the series after the series came to its end in 1988. There are no great discoveries to be made for well educated Roman Porno aficionados as all the clips are from relatively well know films.

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HungFist wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 07:56
Slave Wife (奴隷妻) (Japan, 1976) [VoD] - 3/5
Kimono wearing wife Naomi Tani is assaulted by hilariously over the top American G.I.s before being abducted by bitter former servant Akira Takahashi. Tolerable direction and focused storyline, effective cross cutting between present and past, unexpected ending, and Takahashi as the abductor make this film more watchable than most of its SM companions. Takahashi was an unsung hero of Roman Porno; a decent actor who spent two decades playing second fiddle to actresses when Nikkatsu went Roman Porno, usually portraying gangsters. Quite often he'd manage to breathe life - even a tiny bit - to characters that were intended as nothing more than plot tools. This film features one of his biggest roles, and he doesn't disappoint.
I watched this a long time ago on VHS and Tani getting harassed by those dirty Americans is one of the things I remember from it. I swear there is a paper to be written by someone, someday, about the portrayal of Americans in 70ies Japanese exploitation cinema. It's certainly a constant source of amusement for me. The other thing I recall vividly is Tani getting molested with a stuffed raven. Probably one of my favorite scenes in all of Nikkatsu roman porno because of how absolutely weird it is. It can be spotted on the VHS cover below. There was a DVD release of this film in 2012 by YK Pictures and I briefly checked it out but immediately turned it off in disgust after realizing my VHS looked a lot better. I will gladly revisit this film if Happinet ever put it out on a remastered DVD/BD in the future.

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Now that I have seen over 300 Roman Porno films, I've updated my Top 30 list and turned it into a Top 80!

These are all recommendable films, that is, movies I've rated at least 3/5.

1. Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (実録不良少女 姦) (Toshiya Fujita, 1977) (genre: violence / delinquent girl)
Ultra-realistic and ultra-violent bad girl drama. Imagine Kinji Fukasaku directing a Sukeban film with Toshiya Fujita ‘s usual youth film themes and social commentary. Fantastic performances, innovative cinematography and a stunning rock soundtrack.

2. Rape Ceremony (暴行儀式) (Kichitaro Negishi, 1980) (genre: youth drama / character study)
Despite the crude Nikkatsu title, this is a small masterpiece about two generations of violent young men. It follows a group of young men who is taking revenge against their former idols, who are biker gang members who disbanded under police pressure. A very Art Theatre Guild esque film with great characters, cast, music, and broken chronology.

3. Rolling on the Road (嗚呼!おんなたち 猥歌) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1981) (genre: rock sleaze)
Kumashiro’s jaw dropping sleaze fest and "true account" of the asshole rocker / movie star Yuya Uchida, played by Uchida himself! The most memorable scene: a sadomasochist nurse is strangling Uchida with a telephone cord during sex while his other girlfriend is crying at the other end of the line.

4. Love Hotel (ラブホテル) (Shinji Somai, 1985) (genre: character drama)
The only Roman Porno by Shinji Somai, who was arguably the best Japanese director of the 1980s. This film features one of the best storylines I have ever seen, and all of the usual Somai trademarks from breathtaking tracking shots to great soundtrack. Yokohama (Mainstream) Film Fest winner: best film, best director, best screenplay (Takashi Ishii), best cinematography, best lead actor and best female newcomer of the year.

5. Pink Hip Girl (桃尻娘 ピンク・ヒップ・ガール) (Koyu Ohara, 1977) (genre: youth / pop art)
This is one of the cutest, most adorable youth films, and the movie that earned Ohara his reputation as “pop-art director”. It’s a highly entertaining road movie with snowy landscapes, cute girls, great soundtrack, and real chemistry between the two leads. This was a hit among female audiences as well.

6. Delicate Skilful Fingers (白い指の戯れ) (Tooru Murakawa, 1972) (genre: contemporary drama)
This film was praised by critics as a movie that turned Roman Porno into respectable youth cinema that captured Nikkatsu's past glory days. Indeed, it's a terrific, stylish film of an innocent young woman who falls in love with a professional pickpocket and discovers a new decadent life. Co-stars cult actor / rock star Ichiro Araki. Screenplay by Tatsumi Kumashiro.

7. Retreat through the Wet Wasteland (濡れた荒野を走れ) (Yukihiro Sawada, 1973) (genre: cop thriller)
Ultra-nihilist police corruption film in which two beast-cops are hunting their former colleague who escaped from a mental institution and could reveal their crimes to the public. Produced as Roman Porno because no mainstream studio dared to touch it. Even Nikkatsu had second thoughts because they thought it was too political and tried to stop the production.

8. Angel Guts: Red Classroom (天使のはらわた 赤い教室) (Chusei Sone, 1979) (genre: psychological drama)
Most of the Angel Guts movies are great, but this haunting psychological drama is probably my favourite. Keizo Kanie stars as a photographer who sees an underground rape film and becomes obsessed finding the girl and finding out of the crime was real or staged. Beautiful score, good performances and fine cinematography. The ending is unforgettable. I've excluded the other entries from the list, but High School Co-ed, Nami and Red Vertigo all come highly recommended.

9. Red Violation (赤い暴行) (Chusei Sone, 1980) (genre: rock / slice of life drama)
A great slice of life drama following real life rock-band Devils, played by the real members, including the gaijin member James Hunt in a pretty big role. It's a film that could've been produced by ATG. There's a bit of sex, quite good characters, and tons of great music. It also captures the spirit of the time really nicely. The film ends with a terrific 10 minute scene where the band is composing their new song. One of the best band movies ever made.

10. Crazed Fruit (狂った果実) (Kichitaro Negishi, 1981) (genre: youth drama / character study)
Kichitaro Negishi was bar none one of the best directors who ever worked in Roman Porno. He basically re-invented the 1950s delinquent youth genre. This is a new and superior version of the 1950s classic Crazed Fruit. It's got all of Negishi's trademarks: complex characters, great performances, frequent use of exterior locations, and an energetic audio-visual style that mixes pop songs with hand-held cinematography.

11. Beauty’s Exotic Dance: Torture (発禁本「美人乱舞」より 責める!) (Noboru Tanaka, 1977) (genre: psychological drama)
A haunting psychological drama about the love affair between an artist and a woman who goes through endless physical tortures to make him happy. All set in beautiful snowy landscapes. Probably Tanaka’s best film.

12. Assault! Jack the Ripper (暴行切り裂きジャック) (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1976) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
The coming of age story of a serial killer. A shy young man finds a passion for slaughtering women, and his girlfriend gets sexual kicks from it. Rarely have sex and death been so close other than in David Cronenberg films.

13. Rape! 13th Hour (レイプ25時 暴姦) (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1977) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
Hasebe’s most outrageous film even turns the violence against men when a serial rapist with a protégé is chased by a homosexual gang. It’s also his slickest thriller, and full of interesting social commentary, even if Hasebe denies such intentions for some reason. William Friedkin later made a film which has an identical ending!

14. Zoom Up: Rape Apartments (ズームイン 暴行団地) (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1980) (genre: pink giallo)
This is just about the last thing you'd expect to find in the Roman Porno genre: a pink-giallo. The cinematography and sound design are absolutely stunning and the film features one of the most WTF kills in movie history. Too bad about the excessive sex scenes that slow it down.

15. Woman of the Afternoon: Incite! (昼下りの女 挑発!!) (Nobuyuki Saito, 1979) (genre: genre cocktail)
This film is best watched without knowing anything about it. Director Nobuyuki Saito spent most of his career making mediocre and bad films. This one, however, is a fresh, breezy and energetic gem that will take you by a surprise.

16. Painful Bliss! Final Twist (悶絶!! どんでん返し) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1977) (genre: WTF / pop art)
An absolutely insane mix of yakuzas, transvestites and all kinds of pop-art. If Takashi Miike, Pedro Almodovar and Noboru Tanaka had sex, and somehow gave birth, and the child become a movie director, his movie would probably look much like this...

17. Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (横須賀男狩り 少女・悦楽) (Toshiya Fujita, 1977) (genre: drama, youth, thriller)
Skilfully written and unpredictable character drama about a raped wife, her husband, little sister, and the sister's friend who falls in love with an African American soldier. The shifting focus and the use of unlikely encounters echoes 1990s Tarantino, and the violent ending turns gender roles upside down. The script, by a 25 year old female writer, was discovered via Nikkatsu screenwriting competition.

18. Bu-ra-i no onna (BU・RA・Iの女) (Osamu Murakami, 1988) (genre: gangster drama)
A yakuza chinpira is sent to Okinawa to assassinate a gangster boss, but he doesn't have what it takes to kill a man. He up spending desperate hours lying alone in his hotel room, listening to live music in a bar, and hooking up with old pals. Extraordinary gangster drama is only namely a Roman Porno, but contains the best, most delicate love scene in its history.

19. Midnight Fairy (真夜中の妖精) (Noboru Tanaka, 1973) (genre: arthouse)
A desperate young man ditched by his girlfriend hooks up with a mentally challenged prostitute. This is a superb arthouse Roman Porno. It's poignant, visually stylish, and features lots of great 1970s footage filmed on location on streets and in small bars. The film also never feels pretentious: it's fun, playful and relatively fast paced.

20. Fujunna kankei (不純な関係) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1984) (genre: drama)
Roman Porno vending machine Shogoro Nishimura surprises with this well written, superbly directed and acted relationship drama set to a wonderful soundtrack. It's a movie where characters act against the Roman Porno clichés, which feels like a breath of fresh air

19. Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (さすらいの恋人 眩暈 めまい) (Masaru Konuma, 1978) (genre: youth drama)
An energetic youth film follows two youngsters on the run. The film features superb performances from its two leads who make an adorable couple that you really care about - a real rarity in the genre. It's also stylishly shot, with numerous outdoor scenes set in the early morning add a fresh feel to the film. One of director Konuma's best films.

20. Erotic Liaisons (エロチックな関係) (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1978) (genre: neo-noir)
Here's a very stylish neo-noir based on a novel by the French author Raymond Marlot and produced during the late 1970s when a small amount of Roman Porno films attempted to bridge the gap between mainstream and pink cinema. The storyline and atmosphere are so strikingly European that you constantly forgets the film is set in Tokyo and not Paris.

21. Woman in the Box 2 (箱の中の女2) (Masaru Konuma, 1986) (genre: horror/drama)
Generally speaking, I'm no fan of Masaru Konuma's SM films. He has, however, made some good films in other genres. This movie is a small gem: a beautiful, melancholic horror film set in a ski resort. It has a terrific score, too. It's such a unique film in the Roman Porno genre that you don't even realize the villain is actually a pretty standard SM psycho.

22. Assault (暴行!) (Yukihiro Sawada, 1976) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
Another crime film by the director of Retreat through the Wet Wasteland. This one is a remarkably dark and bleak tale of a husband and wife taken as prisoner by a group criminals on the run. The film was very obviously influenced by Straw Dogs. Although most of it fall short of great, the eight minute climax is a melancholic ballad of violence that rivals the best scenes by Sam Peckinpah and John Woo.

23. Secret Chronicle: Prostitution Market ((秘)女郎市場) (Chusei Sone, 1972) (genre: comedy)
A very funny, frequently cute, and politically incorrect by modern standards, film about a mentally challenged girl who is sold to a brothel. Her virginity proves surprisingly difficult to steal as she doesn't understand what sex is, and always manages to misunderstand the customers' intentions. The best sequence involves a sumo wrestler trying to catch her – and destroying half of the brothel in the process before knocking himself out.

24. Zoom Up: Rape Site (ズームアップ 暴行現場) (Koyu Ohara, 1979) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
A notorious piece of mean spirited violent pink may not be quite as wild as its reputation, but it's well made smut with a solid thriller structure, some gruesome kills and a pitch black view on humanity. Also, the film's view on women can be summarized with the line "be so kind, rape me again".

25. Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train ((秘)ハネムーン 暴行列車) (genre: romance / thriller)
An utterly ridiculous but highly entertaining love story about two robbers and their female hostage on the run. Add “stunts sequences” on the train top, a ridiculous Texas country music soundtrack, and a very cute female lead, and you’ve got a nonsensical, but fun crime film romance.

26. Woman's Trail: Wet Path (おんなの細道 濡れた海峡) (Kazunari Takeda, 1980) (genre: drama)
Beautifully melancholic film about realistic, likeable and often middle aged characters wandering aimlessly in snowy coastal towns after being abandoned by their loved ones. Director Takeda rarely produced quality, but this is a mature, atypical film that beautifully depicts the passing of time.

27. Secret Chronicle: She-Beast Market ((秘)色情めす市場) (Noboru Tanaka, 1974) (genre: realistic drama)
Tanaka's ultra realistic film about a prostitute (Meika Seri) is one of the most exceptional films in the Roman Porno genre, and not only for its striking black & white cinematography.

28. From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (オリオンの殺意より 情事の方程式) (Kichitaro Negishi, 1978) (genre: drama/youth/thriller)
Negishi's first film is a youth drama about a young man who writes fictional plans how to murder his father - until the father's new lover wishes to put the plan into action. Negishi's films are always character driven, often breezy, and feature exceptional approaches to sex. In this film the protagonist makes friends with a strange hippie-like girl (Ako) into African music - and their relationship is almost sex free.

29. Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (団鬼六 少女木馬責め) (Fumihiko Kato, 1982) (genre: noir / drama/ S&M)
There are not many S&M films that appeal to me, but this one is of interest. Director Kato helms a very good Takashi Ishii script about a high school girl who is obsessed with her teacher, who has been fired on false rape accusations. The highly visual and nightmarish film is both surprising and character driven. The final scenes may be hard to take for newcomers, but the film feels like an Angel Guts entry with an S&M theme.

30. Trap of Lust (愛欲の罠) (Atsushi Yamatoya, 1973) (genre: action / thriller / WTF)
Atsushi Yamatoya, one of the screenwriters on Branded to Kill, and a cult figure on his own, directs this bizarre professional killer / spy film satire that is sometimes considered a remake of Branded to Kill. Entertaining, although sometimes a bit too confident of its own odd appeal.

TOP 31-40:
Angel Guts: High School Co-ed (女高生 天使のはらわた) (Chusei Sone, 1978) *
Angel Guts: Red Vertigo (天使のはらわた 赤い眩暈) (Takashi Ishii, 1988) *
Captured Mother and Daughter (母娘監禁 牝) (Nobuyuki Saito, 1987)
Jealousy Game (ジェラシー・ゲーム) (Yoichi Higashi, 1982)
Lolita Vibrator Torture (ロリータバイブ責め) (Hisayasu Sato, 1987)
Modern Prostitution: Lust Under Uniform (現代娼婦考 制服の下のうずき) (Chusei Sone, 1974)
My Sex Report: Intensities (わたしのSEX白書 絶頂度) (Chusei Sone, 1976)
Rape and Death of a Housewife (人妻集団暴行致死事件) (Noboru Tanaka, 1978)
Shinjuku midare machi: ikumade matte (新宿乱れ街 いくまで待って) (Chusei Sone, 1977)
Star of David: Hunting Beautiful Girls (堕靡泥の星 美少女狩り) (Norifumi Suzuki, 1979)

TOP 41-50:
Angel Guts: Nami (天使のはらわた 名美) (Noboru Tanaka, 1979)
Sex Rider: Wet Highway (セックス・ライダー 濡れたハイウェイ) (Koretsugu Kurahara, 1971)
Live Act: Top Stripper ((本)噂のストリッパー) (Yoshimitsu Morita, 1982)
Embraced by the Dark (闇に抱かれて) (Kazunari Takeda, 1982)
Eros School: Feels So Good (エロス学園 感度ばつぐん) (Koretsugu Kurahara, 1977)
Exotic Mask in Hell (団鬼六 妖艶能面地獄) (Fumihiko Kato, 1988)
Hakuchu no onnagari (白昼の女狩り) (Chusei Sone, 1984)
Image of a Bound Girl (団鬼六 少女縛り絵図) (Masaru Konuma, 1980)
So Soft, So Cunning (もっとしなやかに もっとしたたかに) (Toshiya Fujita, 1979)
Rouge (ルージュ) (Hiroyuki Nasu, 1984)

TOP 51-60
Wet Lust: 21 Strippers (濡れた欲情 特出し21人) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1974)
A Woman Called Sada Abe (実録阿部定) (Noboru Tanaka, 1975)
Coed Report: Yuko's White Breasts (女子高生レポート 夕子の白い胸) (Yukihiko Kondo, 1971)
Getting Raped (犯される) (Masaru Konuma, 1976)
Oh! Takarazuka (OH!タカラズカ) (Koyu Ohara, 1984)
Rope Sisters: Strange Fruit (縄姉妹 奇妙な果実) (Shun Nakahara, 1984)
Rope Torture (団鬼六 縄責め) (Ikuo Sekimoto, 1984)
Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (地下鉄連続レイプ 愛人狩り) (Shuji Kataoka, 1988)
Waiting Wet Woman (待ち濡れた女) (Yasuaki Uegaki, 1987)
White Rose Campus: Then Everybody Gets Raped (白薔薇学園 そして全員犯された) (Koyu Ohara, 1982)

TOP 61-70
Beads From a Petal (花弁のしずく) (Noboru Tanaka, 1972)
Afternoon Affair: Metamorphosis (昼下りの情事 変身) (Noboru Tanaka, 1973)
Wives' Rape Mansion (人妻暴行マンション) (Nobuyuki Saito, 1985)
Pink Hip Girl: Proposal Strategy (桃尻娘 プロポーズ大作戦) (Koyu Ohara, 1980)
Virgin nanka kowakunai (ヴァージンなんか怖くない) (Hiroyuki Nasu, 1984)
August: Scent of Eros (八月はエロスの匂い) (Toshiya Fujita, 1972)
Beauty in Rope Hell (団鬼六 美女縄地獄) (Genji Nakamura, 1983)
Bed-In (ベッド・イン) (Masaru Konuma, 1986)
Ecstasy Sisters (絶頂姉妹 堕ちる) (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1982)
Erotic Journey: Love Affair In Hong Kong (色情旅行 香港慕情) (Masaru Konuma, 1973)

TOP 71-80
Path of the Beast (少女娼婦 けものみち) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1980)
Young Lady Detectives: Heart Beat (お嬢さん探偵 ときめき連発) (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1987)
Watcher in the Attic (江戸川乱歩猟奇館 屋根裏の散歩者) (Noboru Tanaka, 1976)
Love Beast: Attack (愛獣 襲る!) (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1981)
Lolita tsuma: Binetsu (ロリータ妻 微熱) (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1984)
Slave Wife (奴隷妻) (Akira Kato, 1976)
Seifuku Yurizoku: Warui Asobi (制服白百合族 悪い遊び) (Koyu Ohara, 1985)
Sukeban kabushiki gaisha (スケバン株式会社 やっちゃえ!お嬢さん) (Koyu Ohara, 1984)
Zoom Up: Graduation Photos (ズームアップ 卒業写真) (Yoshihiro Kawasaki, 1983)
Lovers Are Wet (恋人たちは濡れた) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1973)

* Because I'm lazy, this is actually Top 30 + Top 31-80. In my original Top 30 list I restricted the number of Angel Guts films to one for the sake of variety, hence High School Co-ed and Red Vertigowere excluded. They are listed here as no. 31 and 32, but objectively they should be higher, somewhere around no. 20.

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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1. Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (Toshiya Fujita, 1977) (genre: violence / delinquent girl)
Ultra-realistic and ultra-violent bad girl drama. Imagine Kinji Fukasaku directing a Sukeban film with Toshiya Fujita ‘s usual youth film themes and social commentary. Fantastic performances, innovative cinematography and a stunning rock soundtrack.
Did you by any chance read Mako Minato's memoir that the film is based on? Do you know who Minato (who is credited in the cast) plays in the film?

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No. I didn't even realize she was in the film. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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I'm not a huge Wakamatsu fan, but I loved this film so much I gotta post a bit about it.

A Pool Without Water (水のないプール) (Japan, 1982)
An absolutely astonishing, almost hypnotic dive into the psyche of a man who becomes a morally corrupted but not downright evil rapist. Yuya Uchida, a rock star turned absolutely fearless actor, is excellent as bored, sexually frustrated family man who discovers he can take advantage of women during their sleep without getting caught using chloroform. Feeling quilt, he actually prepares breakfast and does the house cleaning for his regular victim. It is for its refusal to outright condemn its protagonist that the film is so unique, challenging and thought provoking, tied to Japanese society and its film history of sympathizing otaku, and frankly couldn't exist in almost any other country. It is also darkly humoristic, but strictly labelling it as black comedy would be an attempt to avoid facing the film as what it is. One of Koji Wakamatsu's best films, greatly aided by Katsuo Ono's stunning score and Uchida's amazing performance. He gave fantastic performances in films like Erotic Liaisons (1978), Rolling on the Road (1981) and No More Comics (1986), playing a fallen detective, asshole rock star, and paparazzi, not afraid to show himself in a negative light or sympathize low lives.

The recently released Japanese rental/retail dvd by Happinet looks good enough but the audio features a lot of hiss. I assume this is a re-issue of the old Pioneer DVD. I also don't know how the French dvd compares.

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Sadao Nakajima Toei Sex Doc x 3. All are available on Toei DVD.

Nippon '69 Sexual Curiosity Seeking Zone (にっぽん69 セックス猟奇地帯) (1969)
Student demonstrations, plastic surgery, body painting, 8mm porn film shoot, strip joints, underground theatre groups and a man who wishes to be treated as a dog and wants to drink his mistress' pee (this may have been an inspiration to Teruo Ishii's Shameless: Abnormal and Abusive Love, 1969). A commercial shock documentary in the tradition of Italian mondo films, which had been remarkably popular in Japan based on the sheer amount of them that got released throughout the 60s in the land of the rising skirt. The disgusting plastic surgery footage aside this Sadao Nakajima film is quite tame, with sexual content limited to a fair few topless shots. It is a little more rewarding as late 60s time capsule featuring real underground figures and street footage, also the 60s student movement and street demonstrations prominently in presence.

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Pilgrimage to Japanese Baths (驚異のドュメント 日本浴場物語) (1971)
A strange, semi-authentic documentary exploration of Japanese public baths and hot springs. The entirely fictional frame story features a man burdened by a mother complex journeying around Japan in search of a great bath. The Eiren synopsis speaks of nostalgia and tradition tied to spiritualism and health, contrasted to the modern era and captured with hidden cameras. It is questionable how much of that actually comes through in this 18 rated (by 1970 standards) film where half of the time you know the scenes are staged. That being said, its R18 labelling seems extremely dated by today's standards (toplessness, c-section, Turkish bath footage with no explicit sex). It's one of those cinematic oddities that don't exist anymore in the internet era.

Twisted Sex (セックスドキュメント 性倒錯の世界) (1971)
"Modern Japan. Sex is everywhere. There we have a woman with a woman. Or is it a man after all? What is a man or a woman anyway?" The third and final in Sadao Nakajima's sex doc series covers transvestites, gay men, lesbians, tattoos and S&M. This one is actually interesting in parts, especially in its romantic portrayal of gay men, something which is greatly aided by Ichiro Araki's cool score that blesses the entire film. There's also some interesting footage with Nippon Irezumi Club needle masters creating sadistic full body tattoo art with the kind of visions of torture hell familiar to viewers from Teruo Ishii's ero guro films. The doc gets less interesting when it moves to S&M content (Oniroku Dan also appears here). Again, the film is perhaps more valuable as cinematic curiosity and time capsule than as informative doc. Oh and the words quoted in the beginning? The voice belongs to narrator Ko Nishimura, probably best known to foreign audiences as the priest in Lady Snowblood (1973).

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Hot Springs Geisha 2 (温泉ポン引女中) (1969)
The first Hot Springs Geisha (1968) film, a harmless sex comedy and one of Teruo Ishii's dullest efforts, only managed to sneak in one or two brief topless shots. This sequel does more in the opening credits scene alone. It's a skin flick in and out, but thankfully one with an enjoyably laidback swing, drenched in 60s aesthetics, and without too many boring bits. And just when you're about to get a bit tired of it, it throws in a bizarre nude party scene with Tatsumi Hijikata's Butoh dancers! And then there's a super violent shocker final reel that makes you wonder if the filmmakers decided they should've gone the Joy of Torture (1968) route instead. Though unjustified quality wise, you can't quite help but to see the Beneath the Valley of the Dolls (1970) parallels. This is as good if not better than the two Norifumi Suzuki directed instalments (parts 4 and 5).

The lovely Ishii muse Masumi Tachibana
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Yumiko Katayama!
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