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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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March 10, 2020 EDIT

I finally did what I should’ve done more than a decade ago. I split the Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink) thread in two.

1. Toei Pinky Violence thread:
- Toei Pinky Violence + Toei Porno + comparable big studio (non-porno studio) productions by Toho (e.g. Rica), Daiei (e.g. Decapitation Island) etc.

2: Nikkatsu Roman Porno + Pink thread:
- Nikkatsu Roman Porno + Pink Films e.g. Shintoho, Wakamatsu, independents

It’s still work in progress. Some posts may be in the wrong thread.

Don’t stress too much about the split. If you don’t know which thread to post in, just pick one that feels more suitable. The main idea was the separate Toei’s Pinky Violence and Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno, and the rest shall go in whichever feels more suitable (the Toei thread for the more mainstream type of films with eros flavour, the Nikkatsu thread for the more genuine pink / sleaze type of films).

We also have the Japanese Cult Cinema thread to cover films that don’t have the pinky violence / girl gang / pink / eros emphasis (anything from yakuza to karate to samurai fits there).
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Re: The Toei Pinky Violence thread

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HungFist wrote: 27 Aug 2018, 14:41 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).
Guro Taku wrote: 29 Feb 2020, 10:43 Hot Springs Pimp Geisha (温泉ポン引女中) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] - 4/5
This may be my new favorite entry in this 7 film series but that's pending a rewatch of my previous favorite, Norifumi Suzuki's Hot Springs Soft-Shell Turtle Geisha (温泉スッポン芸者, 1972). If it ends up in second place, it'll be a very close second, though. The film follows the typical structure of Toei exploitation by starting with a bang - an explosion of TITS in this case! - and then winding down for some exposition and drama for an hour before the grand, excessive finale. It's really amazing how this film was preceded and followed by absolute borefests when it's so deliriously insane. The aforementioned excessive finale starts with an orgy the rivalling geisha house throws for wealthy elites and which is all about erotic-grotesque shenenigans in Argento-esque lighting and women having sex with dogs. When that is over and you figure that must have been it, the bad guys steer a motorboat into the "enemy" geisha's HQ and gut them with the outboard motor. Director Misao Arai previously worked the same year as assistant director to Teruo Ishii on Orgies of Edo (残酷異常虐待物語 元禄女系図, 1969) and it really, really shows.
(same film, two titles)

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Re: The Toei Pinky Violence thread

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A few words about one of my favourite Pinky Violence movies, Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (前科おんな 殺し節) (1973), or to be more precise, its theatrical poster. I've included part of the explanation as a screenshot since the forum doesn’t support furigana.

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There is a rather outrageous grammar play in evidence here. As you know, the Japanese language is written using mainly kanji characters, which are a pain in the ass to learn because there are thousands of them. That’s why it was commonplace in old movie posters to give a furigana (an easy reading in simple characters) in small font above any difficult kanji. Sometimes, however, the filmmakers got sneaky and gave unorthodox furigana readings to common kanji words. In this film poster, it says “Those bastards”! However, the furigana given for the common kanji word “bastard” is actually “men”. So they literally spelled “men” as “bastards”! Pretty awesome!

The 2nd thing I wanted to point out is that the poster actually advertises this as the 1st film in a new series. Of course, no sequels ever followed. It may have been that the timing was just too late: the film came out Oct. 27, 1973, when the Girl Gang genre had already passed its peak. In 1974 Karate films would begin to replace Girl Gang movies as the B-features for Yakuza films in double bills.

Also related... I brought up Shigeru Okada and Kanji Amao as the Godfathers of Pinky Violence in the other thread, but I think there’s another producer duo that has been criminally neglected: Kineo Yoshimine (吉峰甲子夫) and Kenji Takamura (高村賢治).

Yoshimine was the producer on The Delinquent Girl Boss series (ずべ公番長), the Wandering Ginza Butterfly series (銀蝶渡り鳥), the Female Prisoner Scorpion series (女囚さそり), Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (前科おんな 殺し節), Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) and later in the karate era the Sister Street Fighter series (女必殺拳), The Great Chase (華麗なる追跡) and Dragon Princess (必殺女拳士). Takamura served as co-producer in most of them

Unfortunately little to none has been written about these two men. But looking at their filmography, I think it’s Yoshimine and Takamura (alongside Norifumi Suzuki) who brought the feminist push into Pinky Violence much more than Lustful Okada or Porno Amao.

Stills from Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (前科おんな 殺し節) (1973), produced by Yoshimine and Takamura.

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