Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 08 Oct 2017, 18:18

January 6th covers:

Female Teacher: In Front of the Students 女教師 生徒の眼の前で (dir. Yasurou Uegaki, 1982)

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Crazy/Crazed Fruit 狂った果実 (dir. Kichitaro Negishi, 1981)

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Slave Contract 奴隷契約書 (dir. Masaru Konuma, 1982)

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Dark Room 暗室 (dir. Kiriro Urayama, 1983)

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Uniform Girls: The Fruit Is Ripe 制服体験トリオ わたし熟れごろ (dir. Shogoro Nishimura, 1981)

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Hōru in rabu: kusamura no yokujō ホールインラブ 草むらの欲情 (dir. Isao Hayashi, 1979)

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Waisetsuna Onna: Kuroi Hada ni Naku ワイセツな女 黒い肌に泣く (dir. Seiji Izumi, 1985)

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Sex Rider: Wet Highway セックス・ライダー 濡れたハイウェイ (dir. Koretsugu Kurahara, 1971)

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Lady Kamakura: Cherry Boy Club 鎌倉夫人 童貞倶楽部 (dir. Isao Hayashi, 1975)

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Unread post by HungFist » 18 Nov 2017, 15:25

Guro Taku wrote:January 6th covers:
Slave Contract 奴隷契約書 (dir. Masaru Konuma, 1982)

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Nikkatsu announced a week ago that this release has been cancelled for "various reasons" (none of which are explained).
- http://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/topi ... hpxn33.php

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 18 Nov 2017, 17:44

Another case of an actress deeply regretting her decision to appear in roman porno? That'd be my first guess. Anyway, let's be thankful it's a mediocre flick that got cancelled and not one we were really looking forward to getting a BD.

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Guro Taku wrote:Anyway, let's be thankful it's a mediocre flick that got cancelled and not one we were really looking forward to getting a BD.
Makes me all the more grateful that we got Red Violation (even if the transfer left something to be desired). I didn't dare the celebrate until the day it was out as I feared some music copyright issues would surface...

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Unread post by HungFist » 02 Dec 2017, 12:22

I had a dream a few nights ago. It was 1983 and I was at the Nikkatsu studios, possibly as an actor or advisor. They were filming a Finland themed Roman Porno. Jun Miho arrived the set, looking sick. She had caught cold. I told her that she should go home to rest. I said I'd tell Nikkatsu I'll be available for a few more weeks so there's no hurry and they should give her a few days off before we start filming.

Pretty cool! :lol:

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 02 Jan 2018, 19:46

Guro Taku wrote:The only thing more hilarious than some of those retitelings is the fact that they put that list in their 2017 catalogue. How many of these films will actually be released in 2017? Considering they still haven't released all of the 27 titles of the batch they announced in 2009 I'd say... probably none.
I don't enjoy being right in this case but of course I was totally right. Synapse released diddly squat in terms of Nikkatsu pink films in 2017. In fact, I got their BD steelbook release of SUSPIRIA today and in the included catalogue one can find the exact same list of Nikkatsu films listed as "coming soon" as in the catalogue that came with their release of PHENOMENA in 2016.

To make things even more interesting, I found this statement on their Facebook page:
Synapse Films wrote:As always, we do NOT apply release dates until everything is 100% finished, so consider all these titles "Coming Soon" and not "Coming in 2018"
So yeah, don't expect anthing to happen in 2018 either.

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HungFist wrote:Orgasm Mariko (オーガズム・真理子) (Japan, 1985) [VoD] - 2/5
This bloody revenge film has one of the most ridiculous premises in recent memory, courtesy of writer Chiho Katsura (Assault! Jack the Ripper, House, Zoom Up: Rate Site). A girl is proposed by her boyfriend by the highway while they're having sex, and seconds later he's already is dead thanks to a truck driver who threw a glass bottle out of the window as he passed. She turns into a vengeful Charles Bronson on her period (no kidding, there's menstruation blood in every sex scene) who seduces truckers and other sleazy men and stabs them to death during sex. Also, there an odd sex scene where she and her partner keep squeezing grapes throughout the sessions. It is a shame that ultimately the film isn't better despite pairing Katsura with the visually talented Fumihiko Kato. There are enough odd and bloody moments, plus potential for all kinds of interpretations about menstruation and female psyche, to keep you moderately entertained, but the film isn't especially well made or stylish.
I like the film a lot more than you and vehemently disagree with that last statement. Kato's directing here is actually very stylish and reminded me a lot of Toshiharu Ikeda. He really leans hard into the horror aspects, up to and including the use of music. By the way, do you have any idea what the significance of the pills Mariko always pops before going on another menstruation murder spree is?

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All I could find online is that Dipron is a sulfonamide antibiotic and used for the treatment of of vaginitis, i.e. an inflammation of the vagina. No idea how that is supposed to relate to menstruation, though.

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Guro Taku wrote:very stylish and reminded me a lot of Toshiharu Ikeda.
That might explain. Other than Evil Dead Trap, which I love, I've been disappointed by every Ikeda film I've seen. His entry in the Angel Guts series is by far my least favourite (I'm always shocked when people - like Sion Sono - say it's their favourite), and I could never understand the popularity of Mermaid Legend (has pretty shots, but turns completely ridiculous towards the end imo) and Sukeban Mafia (again, some cool moments, but I was mainly bored by it).
Guro Taku wrote: He really leans hard into the horror aspects, up to and including the use of music. By the way, do you have any idea what the significance of the pills Mariko always pops before going on another menstruation murder spree is?
No idea. I didn't even remember about that.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 10 Feb 2018, 20:45

Determind to prove me wrong, Synapse is actually releasing one of their new licenses this year:

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Summary: The lovely Shinobu Himeno is arrested and thrown into Asahi Female Prison for being an unwilling accomplice in a jewelry store robbery. She’s to serve her sentence in the infamous Cell Block 21, a dismal area full of tough, sex-starved women. Himeno is bullied and abused by inmates and guards and, after being framed for starting a fight, is taken away and tied up by the prison’s infamous Mr. Kiya. Through flashbacks, we discover why many of the women have been locked up here and soon, in one great act of defiance, they rise up to overtake the prison in a bloody, violent riot! Can the shy Himeno ever escape this living hell?

Loaded with gratuitous nudity, sex, and violence, WOMEN IN HEAT BEHIND BARS is one of the best of the “Women in Prison” genre of Nikkatsu’s vast exploitation catalog.


Comes out April 10th.

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Unread post by Silence » 17 Feb 2018, 15:37

How are these Happinet Blurays/DVDs from a technical standpoint? I'm also a sucker for extras like audio-commentaries and interviews, looks like most of these releases are lacking them?

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Unread post by HungFist » 17 Feb 2018, 16:27

Welcome!

The old Happinet releases are fine. The more recent ones (the last 18 months or so) are a bit of a mixed bag. Some look better than the others. Many of the transfers look boosted in terms of color and contrast. It's probably Nikkatsu's doing, not Happinet.

I'm mostly referring to screencaps I've seen. Red Violation DVD (very unnatural look) and Rolling on the Road BD (a bit boosted, but not bad) are the only ones I've bought so far. I need to pick up Crazed Fruit at some point.

Some ofthe discs have audio commentaries. Most have just trailer and photo gallery.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 23 Feb 2018, 18:21

Silence wrote:How are these Happinet Blurays/DVDs from a technical standpoint?
It's worth noting that almost half of these BDs are interlaced (1080i) instead of properly progressive (1080p). And it goes without saying they don't come with English subtitles.
HungFist wrote:Some ofthe discs have audio commentaries. Most have just trailer and photo gallery.
I think Wife's Sexual Fantasy 妻たちの性体験 夫の眼の前で、今・・・ (1980) is the only one that has an audio commentary.

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Guro Taku wrote:
HungFist wrote:Some ofthe discs have audio commentaries. Most have just trailer and photo gallery.
I think Wife's Sexual Fantasy 妻たちの性体験 夫の眼の前で、今・・・ (1980) is the only one that has an audio commentary.
According to Nikkatsu's website the following 2017 releases have audio commentary:
- Red Vertigo (Takashi Ishii) [BD]
- Carousel Maki: Yoru wa watashi o nurasu (Maki Carousel) [DVD]
- Love Hunter: Lust (Mari Tanaka) [DVD]

They've taken the 2016 site down, so I can't check, but I think at least Love Hotel (Noriko Hayami) was supposed to have a commentary track

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Unread post by HungFist » 27 Feb 2018, 16:15

Fantastic news! Happiness will be releasing more Roman Porno films!

Coming 2018/06/02

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Afternoon Affair: Metamorphosis 昼下りの情事 変身 (1973)
Enka jōshikō: kizudarake no kaben (怨歌情死考 傷だらけの花弁) (1973)
The Rose and the Whip 薔薇と鞭 (1975)
Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (横須賀男狩り 少女・悦楽) (1977)
Last Cabaret ラスト・キャバレー (1988)

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Rope Hell 原作・団鬼六「やくざ天使」より 縄地獄 (1978)
Ai no hakuchumu 愛の白昼夢 (1980)
Pink Hip Girl: Proposal Strategy 桃尻娘 プロポーズ大作戦 (1980)

I've seen most of these. Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting is a small gem, an unpredictable, skillfully written female revenge drama that turns gender gender roles upside down and in some ways pre-dated Tarantino by 15 years. Pink Hip Girl: Proposal Strategy is pretty enjoyable youth film, not as good as the 1st but much better than the 2nd, and filmed very near to where I live! Last Cabaret and Ai no hakuchumu are passable dramas, nothing special though. Rope Hell is one of the more watchable SM films though I don't think it's anything too special.

Lets hope more will be on its way later this year, and that we'll finally get some of the real masterpieces like Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama or Rape Ceremony, or some of the rares that I've never been able to see like Circuit of Sorrow (aka Love and Death at Fuji Speedway).

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Just noticed there's more coming
- http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/category/moviej

2018.10.02

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Seduction 2: Embrace of the White Angel 白い天使の抱擁 (1972)
Seigōretsuden: shindemoraimasu 性豪列伝 死んで貰います (1972)
Love Affair Exposed 覗かれた情事 (1972)
Junko’s Bliss 順子わななく (1978)
Lesbians in Uniform 2 制服 百合族 2 (note: title change. Original is セーラー服 百合族2) (1983)

BD
Sayuri Ichijo: Following Desire 一条さゆり 濡れた欲情 (1972)
Jealousy Game ジェラシー・ゲーム (1982)
Lesbians in Uniform 制服 百合族 (note: title change. Original is セーラー服 百合族) (1983)

From these ones I haven't seen that many, but I'm interested in Seigōretsuden: shindemoraimasu just because shinde moraimasu is a yakuza expression, and Jealousy Game which is a pretty good motorbike road movie drama by Yoichi Higashi, starring former pinky violence bunny Reiko Oshida.

2019.02.02

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Confessions of an Adolescent Wife: Shocking! おさな妻の告白 衝撃 ショック (1973)
Office Lady Journal: Poaching OL日記 密漁 あさる (1973)
New Apartment Wife: Prostitution In Building #113 新・団地妻 売春グループ13号館 (1975)
Rape Climax: Skinning クライマックスレイプ 剥ぐ! (1979)
Women In Heat Behind Bars 檻の中の欲しがる女たち (1987)

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Lady Moonflower 夕顔夫人 (1976)
Woman’s Trail: Wet Path おんなの細道 濡れた海峡 (1980)
Live Act: Top Stripper (本)噂のストリッパー (1982)

Woman’s Trail: Wet Path is a small gem, a very beautiful and melacholic drama with a truly beautiful score. If Wong Kar Wai had been a Roman Porno director, this is the film he would have made.

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

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 09 Mar 2018, 13:32

Guro Taku wrote:GIRL'S PLEASURE is available as a HD stream/download from DMM so I am quite optimistic it will at least get a DVD release soon.
Glad to have been right about GIRL'S PLEASURE even if I'd obviously have preferred a Blu-ray release. Other than that it is indeed nice that these releases continue. I heard a bunch of noise about Japanese publishers and distributors getting pressured by the government to "clean up their act" in preparation for the 2020 Olympics and assumed that'd mean no more pinku/pinky until at least 2021. Then again, other than GIRL'S PLEASURE I don't see anything that makes me grab for my wallet. I might check out WOMAN'S TRAIL per your recommendation even if it doesn't sound like my usual jam.

Something else worth noting is that Rope Hell 原作・団鬼六「やくざ天使」より 縄地獄 (1978) was previouisly available on DVD via one of those garbage quality print-on-demand YK Pictures DVDs. I think this marks the first time Happinet has done a title previously released this way? If so, that's good news because a few of the films I most want to see get proper releases in acceptable quality have been trapped in that hell. Hopefully their license to print crappy VHS masters to DVD has run out.
Lesbians in Uniform 制服 百合族 (note: title change. Original is セーラー服 百合族) (1983)
I assume that title change stems from the pedo connotations of "セーラー服/sailor uniform"? They did release セーラー服色情飼育 on BD just 2 years ago so maybe not.

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Unread post by HungFist » 09 Mar 2018, 13:58

Guro Taku wrote:I might check out WOMAN'S TRAIL per your recommendation even if it doesn't sound like my usual jam.
There's a small clip from the film at 2:05 (to give you an idea) in one of the RP videos I made a few years ago:
https://vimeo.com/186163704

That was one of the videos I made to show what I like about RP, as opposed to what most people think all RP is...
https://vimeo.com/186164045
https://vimeo.com/186389141

I should warn that there are spoilers in some of those clips.
Guro Taku wrote:Something else worth noting is that Rope Hell 原作・団鬼六「やくざ天使」より 縄地獄 (1978) was previouisly available on DVD via one of those garbage quality print-on-demand YK Pictures DVDs. I think this marks the first time Happinet has done a title previously released this way? If so, that's good news because a few of the films I most want to see get proper releases in acceptable quality have been trapped in that hell. Hopefully their license to print crappy VHS masters to DVD has run out.
I'd love to see Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture come out on proper dvd/bd (haven't seen the current dvd, but I assume it's VHS quality)
Guro Taku wrote: I assume that title change stems from the pedo connotations of "セーラー服/sailor uniform"? They did release セーラー服色情飼育 on BD just 2 years ago so maybe not.
Yes, that should be correct... on both accounts. Which is strange.

I believe it started in the 80s. If I'm not mistaken, the industry agreed not to exploit high school girls in the advertising anymore so "sailor suits" became "uniforms" and "high school girls" became "school girls" (one could argue that change didn't make it any better, and ironically the pronunciation is the exact same joshikosei / joshikosei 女子高生 / 女子校生) upon re-releases and new releases. Lolitas got banned at some point as well.

I was surprised that the dvd/bd releases from a few years ago used the original titles... I don't know what that was all about.

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HungFist wrote:I'd love to see Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture come out on proper dvd/bd (haven't seen the current dvd, but I assume it's VHS quality)
I assume the chances for that are pretty high. Isn't that the only Nikkatsu film with a Takashi Ishii script that they haven't released yet?

I'd add Exotic Mask in Hell 妖艶能面地獄, Female Ninjas: 100 Trampled Flowers くノ一淫法 百花卍がらみ, Slave Wife 奴隸妻 and Secret Chronicle: Cruel Prostitute Hell (秘)女郎残酷色地獄 as YK Pictures titles in dire need of a quality upgrade.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 19 Mar 2018, 14:47

Synapse/Impulse Pictures is doubling down on the women-in-prison pinku with the May 27th release of Koyu Ohara's FEMALE PRISONER 101: SUCK 女囚101 しゃぶる (1977) starring Naomi Tani. I think this is actually the second film in the FEMALE PRISONER 101 series, as Isao Hayashi's 女囚101 性感地獄 dates from 1976.

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Nikkatsu Films sensation Naomi Tani (FLOWER AND SNAKE) stars as a troubled ex-prostitute turned barkeep enchanted by the love of a younger man named Kenichi. After trusting a violent junkie to help with her young lover’s singing career, she is sent to prison for murder. Now known only as Prisoner 101, she spends her days in the dirty prison system full of violent guards and sexually-aggressive inmates. As her boyfriend finally becomes a singing superstar, she longs to see him again someday.

After escaping with another inmate during a fight with guards, she unfortunately learns that staying inside the prison may have been the better option! FEMALE PRISONER 101: SUCK is another super sexy and exploitive entry in Nikkatsu’s “Women in Prison” series of films.

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Guro Taku wrote:
10 Jun 2017, 13:09
White Skin Glimmering In the Darkness 闇に浮かぶ白い肌 (dir. Shogoro Nishimura, 1972)

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Wait... What the actual FUCK is happening on that cover?! Do I have to buy this DVD?! Somebody explain...
White Skin Glimmering In the Darkness (闇に浮かぶ白い肌) (Japan, 1972) [VoD] - 3/5
Young wife Kazuko Shirakawa goes missing during her honeymoon, only to return six months later with a memory loss. Husband Hironobu Takahashi, who lives in a big mansion (also utilized in Noboru Takana's Midnight Fairy) is happy, but his blind sister Yuri Yamashina smells something fishy. Relatively decent early Roman Porno with an Edgar Allan Poe style mystery / horror story and supernatural elements. Sex is kept in check and there's some nice ero-guro imagery towards the entertaining climax, although one shouldn't get hopes up too high. Director Shogoro Nishimura was the most prolific of all Roman Porno directors. He rarely reached the quality of his pre-Roman Porno mainstream pictures during the pink era (1984's Fujunna kankei is an exception), but this film was one of the better attempts.

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Guro Taku wrote:
09 Mar 2018, 17:06
HungFist wrote:I'd love to see Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture come out on proper dvd/bd (haven't seen the current dvd, but I assume it's VHS quality)
I assume the chances for that are pretty high. Isn't that the only Nikkatsu film with a Takashi Ishii script that they haven't released yet?
Red Rope - Until I Expire (赤い縄 ~果てるまで~) (Junichi Suzuki, 1987) is another one that comes to mind. I'd love to see it. No release whatsoever available. It's also one of the film's Weisser mislabelled as an Angel Guts movie because he thinks every Takashi Ishii scrip from the 80s was an Angel Guts story...

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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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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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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27 Feb 2018, 16:42
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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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Unread post by Guro Taku » 20 Apr 2018, 09:34

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

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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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