DMM’s VoD pinku channel was one of the more pleasant discoveries of the recent, packing nearly 500 Nikkatsu Roman Porno films. My one month subscription came to an end after 26 movies viewed! Gotta do another month later when I have more time as I found tons of cool stuff. The biggest discoveries were Yukihiro Sawada's Assault (1976)
- a grim exploitation drama of a couple captured by three criminal on the run. The staggeringly powerful and poetic ending like straight out of a Sam Peckinpah movie. Toshiya Fujita’s hyper-realistic bad girl drama Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977)
is another gem, full of great cinematography, terrific acting, and superb rock music. And as the best of them all, Naosuke Kurosawa's brilliant, existential city drama Ecstasy Sisters (1982)
. This one's even available on DVD. Fans of ATG films of the era should love it, and it's one of the best roman pornos ever made.
The remaining Naosuke Kurosawa films were hit and miss. Banned: Woman’s Secret Pictures (1983)
is a WWII set film with Wakamatsu-esque politics, but ultimately not that impressive in terms of characters or visuals. Fake Widow (Nise mibôjin - Ichijiku hakusho, 1984)
is a pretty worthless romantic pink aimed at middle aged female audiences – like an mainstream film with extra sex scenes. Surprisingly, though, the same year’s Lolita Wife (Lolita tsuma: Binetsu)
is a cute and fun film with humour, good cinematography, and a baby stealing rocker! Young Lady Detectives: Heart Beat (1987)
is another decently enjoyable semi-mainstream detective-romance-comedy, most notable for starring martial arts girl Michiko Nishiwaki. DVD available, too
Tatsumi Kumashiro’s incredible sleaze fest docu-drama Oh! Women: A Dirty Song (1981)
, starring rocker Yuya Uchida as himself, however is excellent (and out on OOP DVD that costs a fortune). Great music, great performances by Uchida and Rikiyoa Yasuoka, and loads of jaw dropping scenes. Another great discovery is Kichitaro Negishi’s misleadingly titled Rape Ceremony (1980)
, which is actually a superb, atmospheric, ATG esque youth film about two violent generations facing each other. Negishi’s debut film From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (1978)
is also quite a strong youth/drama/thriller, again with the atmosphere of an ATG film.
Koyu Ohara’s Pink Hip Girl
sequels didn’t match the excellent original. Love Attack (1979)
is a pale shadow of its predecessor, feeling like a low budget American TV show a lot of the time. It does feature the cool disco hit Funky Disco Princess, though. Proposal Strategy
is a much better effort, bringing back the travel theme, dispatching its heroines to the snowy Hokkaido. The film is essentialy a youth pic suitable for teen audiences as well. Personal bonus from locations; the film takes place in three cities; one of them I have visited more than 10 times, another one I have lived in, and the third one I currently reside in. I can recognize essentially every location used in the film.
Oh Takarazuka (1984)
is another enjoyable, but not exceptional, Ohara pop-art film. This time Ohara helms a cute harem fantasy (male high school teacher in a all girls’ school) that is like straight out of a comic book. Cool old fashioned rock soundtrack na,d leading girl Jun Miho, who was the most beautiful actress ever to appear in a roman porno film. Akai tori ame (1980)
is a far less successful feature with ridiculous (serious) youth drama screenplay starring Nikkatsu’s rape queen Yuki Kazamatsuri. It does have some cool rock and disco moments, though.
Masaru Konuma’s Getting Raped (1976)
turned out an enjoyable, pretty well scripted crime thriller despite the Weissers’ utterly negative review. Has a few rapes, no normal sex scenes at all! DVD is out, too. More Weisser insanity in their review for the rather good neo noir Rouge (1984)
. Who knows where they (and Allmovie’s Robert Firsching) copied their reviews as they explain in much detail an ending that isn’t in the film. Add to the mystery, the Japanese movie website Movie Walker explains yet another different ending that isn’t in the film. I doubt there could be alternate versions of the film (this one is 94 min minus studio logos), though Ishii’s original screenplay could differ from what was put on the screen.
Shogoro Nishimura’s Female Teacher: Twice Raped (1983)
is a pretty boring violent pinku melodrama full of sex scenes, but also some nice genre nostalgia. Never understood why Nishimura’s movies were so popular. Depending on how you count, it’s either part 9 or 13 in the series, not 8 like some sources claim. One Summer Experience: Sexy Virgin (1976)
is another failure, a surreal and somewhat original, but clumsy film with forced sex scenes. Even much worse is photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s snooze fest of a comedy, High School Girl Fake Diary (1980)
. Fairy in a Cage (1977)
I can appreciate in theory for its social themes and accuracy in historical details, but SM movies just aren’t for me, nor was this one. And finally, bottom of the barrel, Hell in a Bottle (1986)
. The poster art is great, and indeed there is a girl in a bottle at the end, but otherwise this is just a series of cheap sex scenes, much more like an AV flick than a real Nikkatsu film.
I may post a bit longer mini-reviews of some of the films later if I have enough time.
Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977) and Pink Hip Girl: Proposal Plan (1980)
From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (1978) and Oh! Women: A Dirty Song (1981)
Hell in a Bottle (1986) and Sukeban Mafia: A Dirty Insult (1980)