Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread post by HungFist » 04 Mar 2019, 14:14

One failed recording, one accidentally-destroyed-by-the-gf recording, and a two month wait for a re-broadcast later...

Circuit of Sorrow (哀愁のサーキット) (1972)
Extremely interesting, if slightly ham-fisted 2nd follow-up to Tôru Murakawa's landmark Roman Porno Delicate Skillful Fingers (1972). Based on real life Toyota race driver and fashion model Sachio Furusawa (Tôru Minegishi) who tragically died on track in 1969 and pop singer Tomoko Ogawa (Kei Kiyama), the film depicts their brief romance in the shadow of media pressure. Like Delicate Skillful Fingers, the film is essentially a Nikkatsu youth film conceived under the Roman Porno reign. There are fast cars, a bunch of Sun Tribe youngsters who challenge the protagonist to a bike race, and absolutely shitloads of catchy pop music (enough that they released an LP). But the title oversells the film: there's little sorrow on the circuit as the protagonist is only behind the racing car wheel in the opening and closing scenes. There's potential for great melancholic poetry which comes thru occasionally (their departure from a seaside motel on a rainy day is soaked with movie magic), but the protagonist is superficially written and portrayed. Murakawa's touch likewise isn't as sharp and dynamic as in Skillful Fingers, even if he claims to have had the actors have real sex in front of the camera. The film nevertheless remains highly entertaining, extremely stylish and thematically fascinating, and is yet another example of Nikkatsu Roman Porno’s incredible versatility.

Tôru Minegishi as Sachio Furusawa
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Kei Kiyama as Tomoko Ogawa. The singer in the background is Seri Ishikawa who performs the actual songs sung by Kiyama's character.
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The acting by the sun tribe youngsters is one of the weak links...
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And the Razzie worthly lines spoken by Kiyama... "The sea is made of women's tears? What? Explain to me!" That's what you get when you script the film by yourself without Kumashiro (Delicate Fingers) I guess
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One of my favourite moments in the film. Small scene, yet so beautiful.
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The caps above are from the Toei Channel broadcasting. No BD/DVD/VHS/VOD/ANYTHING available, which really needs to change. I watched the film twice already.

Murakawa's last remaining RP, the impossible to see Melancholy Flesh Business: Sensuous Zone (1972), just became my most wanted film!

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread post by Guro Taku » 04 Mar 2019, 19:36

HungFist wrote:
04 Mar 2019, 14:14
One failed recording, one accidentally-destroyed-by-the-gf recording, and a two month wait for a re-broadcast later...
Ha! I was wondering what's kept you from reviewing this one. I liked it as well but agree it's not quite as good as DSF. That it was hidden from a wider audience until now (while so much utter RP garbage is readily available) is a real shame.

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