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I thought I’d share some photos, articles and other content from Japanese books and magazines. I’ll try my best to summarize and translate some gems as well, within the scope of my skills. Native or more advanced Japanese speakers, please point out if I make any mistakes.

Be noted that these posts will be very infrequent. I'll be moving some old posts into this thread as well.

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So, I bought Norifumi Suzuki’s book Toei Guerilla Senki (東映ゲリラ戦記) and the 1st chapter is called “The 16 Year Old Enchantress” and it’s about Reiko Ike and the making of Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha (温泉みみず芸者) (1971).

Suzuki says he and producer Kanji Amao were scouting for fresh faces for the film in Kyoto but weren’t finding anyone. Finally they spotted a good looking girl in a magazine that was doing semi-nude photos of young women. But all the models had fake names. Suzuki went back to Tokyo to talk with the publisher and found out the model’s real name: Reiko Ikeda. During production they decided to drop the “da” from Ikeda. Miki Sugimoto was found the same way, she was also doing modelling.

Suzuki describes his first impressions of Ike: “Strong eye shadow and heavy make-up, vibrant red lips, big bust, smoking a cigarette, and underage”.

And there was the problem. Ike was 16. Suzuki says he and Amano had a serious talk with Ike and told her she was never to reveal her real age. They were especially worried that if someone casually asked Ike’s animal zodiac and she replied truthfully, that would give away her real birth year. To which she replied “don’t worry, don’t worry, I’ve had big boobs since 6th year elementary school and I knew how to dress [like an adult] since junior high 3rd year. Women can lie with make-up, can't they?”. And she said all that while holding teen magazine Seventeen in her hand!

It’s not specifically stated, but I think the “official birth date” of May 25, 1953 that you see everywhere was fabricated by Suzuki and Amao. I think May 25, 1954 is her real birth date. The liner notes on Nikkatsu’s Black Panther Bitch M (黒い牝豹M) (1974) DVD state she was born 1954. I also have a Jan 15, 1972 issue of Heibon Punch which states Ike’s age as 17, which would also make it 1954.

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Thank! Very interesting, I hope there will be a continuation :)
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I guess we should be glad the films are still legal. And I second the request for a continuation. I'm glad at least a few books like this exist, given the chronic lack of Interviews and commentaries on Japanese catalogue title releases.
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Yumiko Katayama update!
HungFist wrote: 27 May 2017, 18:59 She was telling some great stories about Toei and how she got into Inferno of Torture, where she plays the first girl tattoeed by both Asao Koike and Teruo Yoshida. She said she joined Toei via Toei's new faces competition (like Sonny Chiba and Ken Takakura before her). Toei brought the screenplay to her but she refused it on basis of the nudity and its extreme nature. The film later went into production with a different actress, who however quit in the middle of filming because she couldn't take it! Meanwhile Katayama had agreed to do a bikini shoot for Heibon Punch, but it turned out a nude photo shoot! She used a fake name, but Toei found out said now she has no excuse not to do (replace the missing actress in) Inferno of Torture.
Finally got this! Feb 10, 1969 issue!

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No wonder Toei spotted her photos. The name she used was 塔 えい子/ To Eiko (= Toei-ko = Toei-girl)) :lol:

(there's a few more photos in the magazine but I feel I shouldn't post them all. Fans ought to hunt down the magazine by themselves).
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There’s a nice little Reiko Ike biography in the Hotwax’s Who's Who Book 和モノ事典1970’s 人名編 (2006). English summary (scan below, please point out if I made any glaring mistakes)

“Reiko Ike, a nude actress and the centre of the “Toei Porno” line from 1971 to 1974. Born June 25, 1954 in Tokyo. The real name is Reiko Ikeda. Did fashion and nude modelling under various aliases such as 眞木圭子 and ケイ真紀 until fall 1971. Was scouted by director Norifumi Suzuki and producer Kanji Amao in May 1971 at the famous Aoi Heya club in Tokyo where both Ike and Miki Sugimoto used to hang out (note: in his book Suzuki says they had seen Ike’s photos in a men's magazine and came to Tokyo to look for her). Body measurements were B98 W58 H90.

With the release of Onsen Mimizu Geisha in July 1971, Ike was billed “Porno Actress”, the first in Japan as the word “porno” had not been used in cinema context in Japan before. In October Toei had her attend and win a “Big Bust Pride” (バスト自慢コンクール) competition held at Hachijō-jima island. She continued to enjoy great success throughout 1971.

In 1972 Ike attempted a career chance to singing with the record releases World of Ecstasy (恍惚の世界) (1971/12), and 変身 (1972/7) which came out via Victor Records. She announced she’d no longer take pornographic roles and would pursue an idol career. “I want to succeed without taking my clothes off” she said. Miki Sugimoto was made the new Toei Porno star. However, Ike’s record sales were not great and she returned to Toei later in 1972 to become the studio’s top sex star once again, responding to the audiences’ demand.

Following the decline of erotic films in 1974, Ike tried a new direction with the Nikkatsu Action film Black Panther Bitch M and the Hong Kong horror film The Bedevilled but the films were not particularly successful, and she’d go on to appear in jitsuroku yakuza films instead. Retired from the film biz in 1977 following the news of drug law violation, though she made one more film appearance in 1979 in Golden Dog.”


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New thread. I moved a few old posts here, and will be posting new content... infrequently. I’ll post some photos and also try my best to summarize and translate some gems, within the scope of my skills. Native or more advanced Japanese speakers, please point out if I make any mistakes.
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Here’s a great little story I wanted to share from Norifumi Suzuki’s book Toei Guerilla Senki (東映ゲリラ戦記) (page 51-52). This takes place sometime in early 1972, after Reiko Ike had become a big star and Suzuki was preparing for his 5th film with Ike. Summary and rough translation:

“One of my favourite movies is The Barefoot Contessa, which depicts the turbulent life of a girl played by Ava Gardner, who becomes a star with the help of a third rate Hollywood director played by Humphrey Bogart. Thinking about it, maybe I was a third rate director who did his best to bring up a nameless delinquent Reiko Ike.”

“I was staying in a guest house in Meguro when producer Kanji Amao barged in with a newspaper in his hand. “Reiko Ike to become a singer, refuses to take nude roles anymore. Quits Toei, joins the same music company as (idol) Saori Minami” the scoop said.

“Japan’s Humphrey Bogart stood in silence.”


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An advertisement for Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Code (現代やくざ 与太者の掟) (1969) in Feb 10, 1969 issue of Heibon Punch, with a message from Bunta Sugawara. The damn thing reads almost like a yakuza greeting, and was quite difficult for me to translate, but I tried my best. My translation doesn’t do full justice to the original, though.

"My name is Sugawara Bunta, pleased to meet you.

I am hereby writing with regards to Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Honor and Humanity, in which I have been granted the lead role. It’s been less than a year since I joined Toei, but I have been making films for about 10 years now. I was surprised by this assignment and have given my utmost to live up to the honour. Wakayama Tomisaburo, Fuji Junko, Machida Kyosuke and many other senior colleagues have honoured my first starring role by appearing in this picture, and made a deep impression on me with their lively performances. I’ve put all my strength into it, and it may be but a novice’s enthusiasm, but I would like to take this opportunity to ask for the support of all your Punch fans.

Sugawara Bunta"


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Thanks for sharing this with us.
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“Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 1

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Producers Okada and Amao, Toei Going Pink (1/3):

Early on in the book there is a chapter discussing Toei producers Shigeru Okada (岡田茂) and Kanji Amao (天尾完次). The author of this chapter, Ban Jackson, was not able to interview them, so he’s referencing relevant parts from Eiji Oshita’s book “Eiga sangokushi: Shosetsu Toei” (映画三国志 小説東映) (1990).

In 1967 Okada, the head of Toei Kyoto, called producer Amao and said why don’t we try to profit from pink films? “Let’s make a big studio erotic period film! You do it!” Amano hesitated, but couldn’t refuse Okada’s order, so he made Ninja’s Mark (忍びの卍) (1968/1/27) with Norifumi Suzuki. However, the film failed at the box office because the actress didn’t strip. “Men don’t forgive erotica that goes only halfway there!” [note: I saw the film ages ago and I’m positive there is nudity, so I guess he means either “lead actress” or “not enough”].

For their 2nd attempt, Okada ordered Amao to gather a large cast of pink actresses. Teruo Ishii was assigned to direct the film, which was History of the Shogun’s Harem (徳川女系図) (1968/5/1). But there was instant criticism from peers, particularly actors and filmmakers of ninkyo films who complained “Why should a big studio like Toei make pink films?” Okada commented “I just wanted to make big hits out of pink films, like producer Koji Shudo had made of ninkyo films”. This is the way Toei Pinky Violence films were made, with a “hungry and punkish” approach. History of the Shogun’s Harem became a big hit. Part of Okada’s recipe for success was scandalous titles that would sell the films. For example, Okada was the one who added “Lustful” to “Lustful Shogun and His 21 Concubines” (エロ将軍と二十一人の愛妾) (1972).

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“Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 2

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Producers Okada and Amao, Toei Going Pink (2/3):

At Toei Kyoto studios assistant directors protested against Teruo Ishii’s Abnormal Love series in April 1969. The media took notice and a big controversy ensued. In a 1969 interview by Kinema Junpo Okada responded to film critic Eiichi Takahashi’s criticism that “Toei might hurt its image by making anti-cultural and socially unhealthy movies”. Okada said “Toei isn’t receiving any money from the government. People can say what they want, but all Toei’s got is its spirit of freedom, and will proceed independently. There are people who criticize Toei for making ero-guro films, but that’s not how I see it. The trends are changing and the system must change as well. With the television taking its share of the audiences, we cannot entertain viewers if we keep doing films in the old way.”

Regarding the protest by assistant directors, Okada says “I don't really understand that. They are free to come to me and say they don’t want to work on this kind of film. They protested just because they were jealous of Ishii. That protest wasn’t any kind of act of bravery”.

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“Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 3

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Producers Okada and Amao, Toei Going Pink (3/3):

“She [Reiko Ike] had an even more gorgeous body than was expected, and she was enthusiastic to become an actress, the only problem was that she was 16 years old. Mr. Amao made her an adult in her resume, which was a complete fabrication.”

“Ike was billed as the ‘First Japanese Porno Actress’ [in the advertising materials for Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha]. Naturally this sparked many questions from reporters. Ike gave them answers prepared [by Amao] in advance. In this sense, it could be said she became a star under Toei’s full control.”

“She immediately caught the attention of men (and their crotches) [sic], but her big break would not have been possible without producer Amao’s information strategy”.

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 4

I’ve been reading book the “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.


About the controversy regarding Teruo Ishii’s Abnormal Love series

While History of the Shogun’s Harem (徳川女系図) (1968) was the big hit, its release was met with great public uproar. It was called “gender discrimination” and “insult towards women”. PTA and women’s organizations raged against it in the media.

In November 1968 Kinema Junpo critic Tadao Sato wrote that “Japanese cinema had hit the rock bottom” with The Joy of Torture (徳川女刑罰史) (1968). “History of the Shogun’s Harem was awful, but this is even worse. It’s the worst. The only way to go lower that this would be a live ero show” he said and continued describing it as insulting and nauseating.

On April 14, 1969, during the production of Inferno of Torture (徳川いれずみ師 責め地獄), 24 assistant directors issued a joint statement that was posted on a union bulletin board at Toei Kyoto Studios. They condemned the Abnormal Love series, saying it “focuses on nothing but abnormality, cruelty and perversions”, “loses sight of the essence of cinema”, and “is nothing but shameless money making by Toei”. Furthermore, “the series is hurting the social evaluation of cinema [as art] and is progressing the downfall of cinema”. “These films are harmful for the mental wellbeing of us, the filmmakers who have to participate in making them.” “We will strive to end the production of such films from now on”.

[The incident was further fuelled by the actress change in Inferno of Torture: original lead Teruko Yumi took off in the middle of filming, and was replaced by Yumiko Katayama].

The media immediately picked up the incident, but the controversy eventually lead nowhere because the assistant directors weren’t fully united. One of them, Misao Arai, ended up making his own directorial debut with another entry in the series, Hot Springs Pimp Geisha (温泉ポン引女中) (1969) some months later [it’s mentioned elsewhere in the book that Ikuo Sekimoto was also among those assistant directors].

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 5

I’ve been reading book the “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About the Abnormal Love Series Controversy (from Ishii interview)

Sugisaku: “History of the Shogun’s Harem (徳川女系図) (1968) was quite sensational when it came out with all the naked women in it”.
Ishii: “People were angry about it, weren’t they? The aunties of rice spoon union [refers to Housewives Union, lol] called it an ‘insult towards women’ ”.
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Sugisaku: "The storyline in History of the Shogun’s Harem would hold even if there was no nudity."
Ishii: “Yes. But, but what the company [Toei] wanted me to do was to ‘Show off a legion of pink actresses on the grand screen and destroy the competition of petty (independent) pink companies!’”
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Sugisaku: “Film critic Tadao Sato criticized you strongly for making The Joy of Torture (徳川女刑罰史) (1968).”
Ishii: “I objected to it. I wrote to Kinema Junpo that Tadao Sato is the definition of a bigot!”
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Sugisaku: ”Ikuo Sekimoto participated in writing Female Yakuza Tale...”
Ishii: “I think most of it was [written by Masahiro] Kakefuda. I probably met Sekimoto only once. Back then I had been hated by all the assistant directors [the 1969 joint statement against the Abnormal Love series signed by 24 assistant directors] for the line of films I had made. I was in Kyoto drinking with producer Kanji Amao, and before I knew it there was this unknown guy with us constantly saying he’s sorry. When I asked Amao who was that, he said “that guy is Sekimoto, he was at the forefront of the anti [Abnormal Love] movement.”

[Sekimoto would go on to direct Girl Boss: Diamond Showdown, The Story of a Nymphomaniac, and even a couple of Roman Porno films]

[Note: the above items were picked from different parts of the interview, and were not subsequent questions]

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 6

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Teruo Ishii’s Way of Making Films (interview)

Sugisaku: “You made many episode films that contained ’a bit of this and a bit of that.’ ”
Ishii: ”That’s right. I don’t like having a consistent tone from beginning to end.”

Sugisaku: ” [Screenwriter Masahiro] Kakefuda said “It was tough writing for Ishii because I had to write three screenplays and the condense them into one!” “
Ishii: “That’s true.”

Sugisaku: “Did he only get paid for one script?”
Ishii: “Yes. But the films got better [when made] that way. Normally when someone came up with good idea, you’d build an entire movie around it. But I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to go straight to the climax. To put it bluntly, I wanted my movies to be nothing but climaxes”.

Sugisaku: “Your films always started with a shocking climax. Did it take a lot of time to write them?“
Ishii: “No, I’m really fast. When I write, I write so fast I get names and grammar wrong. Someone will fix them later”.

[Note: although Kakefuda was the main writer on most of Ishii’s Abnormal Love films starting from Orgies of Edo, Ishii is listed as the 2nd writer on those. Ishii himself was a highly experienced writer, having written nearly all of his older movies alone.]

[From Teruo Ishii interview]

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 7

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Asao Koike, Sada Abe, Tatsumi Hijikata (Teruo Ishii interview)

Sugisaku: “Asao Koike was a regular [in the Abnormal Love series]. I read an interview where he said he became impotent after having appeared in too many movies like this! (laughs)”
Ishii: “His background was in the shingeki theatrical movement (新劇). I never liked shingeki. But Koike was an exception. The word “actor” was a pitch perfect description of him. After he passed away, I received a letter from his wife saying Koike felt he had given his most self-assured performance in The Joy of Torture (徳川女刑罰史) (1968)”.

Sugisaku: “That’s awesome. Pinky Violence was a good place for him to demonstrate his strengths as an actor.”
Ishii: “He performed with his eyes, didn’t he? And when I said “Koike-chan, I’d like your teeth a little dirtier” he put grease paint on them. He seemed pleased, too. He certainly had guts. In Horrors of Malformed Men (江戸川乱歩全集 恐怖奇形人間) (1969) he dressed up as a woman. He said “I wanna do that!” In that film, there was also a Butoh dancer [Tatsumi Hijikata]. Koike was really excited about it and came to see when we filmed the opening scene at a beach although it was very cold. “This is really interesting” he said.”
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Sugisaku: “It must have been hard to get the real Sada Abe to appear in Love and Crime (明治大正昭和 猟奇女犯罪史) (1969)”.
Ishii: “It was. I was chasing the impossible and I was afraid I'd scare her away if I tried to force her to act, so I just told her to say anything and then I shot it [from distance] with a telephoto lens at the Azuma Bridge.”

Sugisaki: “Was Abe a forgotten figure back then?”
Ishii: No, no. She was a character from the past, but everyone knew her case. The newspaper coverage was amazing. When she came to a press conference at the filming site, the reporters were taking so many photos her face turned pale. “Did I do something bad” she said. Koike and Hijikata were there too. Hijikata said “how beautiful!”.

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It’s (still sort of) Golden Week, so here is a double feature ad for Toei’s 1972 Golden Week release Tokugawa Sex Ban (徳川セックス禁止令 色情大名) and Delinquent Boss: Moving Against the Stray Dog (不良番長 のら犬機動隊).

Do note the irony: Delinquent Boss: Moving Against the Stray Dog was Reiko Ike’s last movie at Toei before she left the company to pursue an idol career (only to come back a few months later) while Tokugawa Sex Ban became Miki Sugimoto’s first starring role precisely because Ike left. Suzuki wrote in his book (東映ゲリラ戦記, 2013) that Tokugawa Sex Ban was supposed to star Ike, but she left Toei when the film was in pre-production so they replaced her with Sugimoto.

It was written in Hotwax Vol. 8 (日本の映画とロックと歌謡曲 Vol.8, 2007) that Tokugawa Sex Ban premiered in more than 200 theatres on the Golden Week! (*) Which sounds incredible for an “adult film”. That’s like a Marvel release these days! Another interesting thing that is mentioned is that the film’s storyline (a shogun forbids anyone to have sex) was intended as satire. Early 1972 is when the big Roman Porno trial begun when the police confiscated 4 Roman Porno films and the filmmakers (and Eirin employees who had passed the film) were charged for breaking the obscenity laws.

* It says 「ポルノ大作と銘打たれ、ゴール デンウィークに封切られたが、このような映画が全国二百館以上の映画館で封切られ、しかもヒットしたという事実がすばらしい。」. The word 封切 really should refer to opening weekend premiere, though I’m still having slight doubts considering the cost of making over 200 film prints.

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 8

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

Random funny bits from Teruo Ishii interview

Ishii: “I wanted that scene [the big ending fight in Bohachi Bushido] to feel like ballet.”
Sugisaku:”In director [Ishii]’s ballet arms and legs are flying through the air”.
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Sugisaku: “Could you tell us about Shameless: Abnormal and Abusive Love (異常性愛記録 ハレンチ) (1969)”
Ishii: “That film is mostly a true story! A bar mama [proprietress] was telling me about what had happened to her and I wrote it down. “

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Just an observation: I don’t think Ishii mentioned about it, but I felt Shameless:Abnormal and Abusive Love (異常性愛記録 ハレンチ) (1969) had a really strong mondo documentary vibe to it. The Italian mondo docs had been super popular in Japan throughout the 60s. Sadao Nakajima also directed a bunch of mondo style Japanese sex docs. The 1st one of them was Nippon 69 Sexual Curiosity Seeking Zoneにっぽん’69 セックス猟奇地帯 (1969), which came out 5 weeks before Shameless and contains an almost identical dominatrix scene that is also found (as fictionalized version with Maki Carrousel) in Ishii’s film. There’s a lot of documentary feel to the club scenes as well.
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There’s an interview with screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda in Hotwax Vol. 8 (日本の映画とロックと歌謡曲 Vol.8, 2007). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

About Working on Teruo Ishii's Abnormal Love series

Hotwax: “Did the atmosphere change at Toei Kyoto after the Abnormal Love line became a hit?”
Kakefufa: “Yes, the more we made them, the more there was resistance [from colleagues]”.

Hotwax: “Did you also get your share [of the criticism]?”
Kakefuda: “Yes. There was bad talk on the sets. But when those young assistant directors who were vocal about this line [the 1969 joint statement against the series] made their own directorial debuts, they ended up making the same kind of films.”

Hotwax: “There had not been anyone like the strong willed Ishii at the Kyoto Studios before after all.”
Kakefuda: “When I first met Ishii, it was in a guest house next to the Kyoto studios. Actress Reiko Mikasa was lying naked on the floor and being tattooed by Seiji Mori [note: a tattoo artist who worked on many films]. I thought to myself, Toei Kyoto has changed a lot! Also, when I wrote the 1st draft for Inferno of Torture, Ishii took some good [shocking] scenes from the middle of the story and placed them in the beginning. “

Hotwax: “Opening the grave and cutting open the belly…”
Kakefuda: “I had to raise the voltage even higher for the film’s 2nd half because of that. There was no such tradition of filmmaking at Toei or any other studios at the time, connecting just the best scenes [into a single movie]. I learned that Ishii had dropped out of high school and spent all his time watching movies. That’s where his ideas and way of organizing movies came from. Norifumi Suzuki was also like that. After all, you can’t make interesting movies if you haven’t watched a lot of films.”

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Here’s another interesting bit from screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda interview in Hotwax Vol. 8 (日本の映画とロックと歌謡曲 Vol.8, 2007)

Hotwax:You wrote Sister Street Fighter (女必殺拳) (1974) with Norifumi Suzuki. Was Kazuhiko Yamaguchi always meant to direct it?”
Kakefuda: “No, it was originally Suzuki. But it seems he was busy with another project. Yamaguchi did so well with the film that he was made the director for the next film, too. Originally the series was supposed to run longer, but for some reason the company [Toei] decided to change the director and writer and the series eventually came to a dull end.”

Of course, there might have been something at fault with Kakefuda himself... the interviewer actually says next "I'm sorry if I'm rude, but it was the same storyline in all three films". To which Kakefuda replied "it was pretty difficult coming up with new strange bad guys and what to smuggle each time". Perhaps he could have come up with a different storyline, haha.

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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 9

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

Reiko Ike and Bruce Lee

Here’s another great story from the book. Uechi writes that while karate films were popular in the mid 70s, the biggest name in martial arts was nevertheless Bruce Lee. Enter the Dragon was the first Lee film that got released in Japan (Dec. 1973) and the others followed in 1974-1975. The Japanese distributor for the Lee films was Toho-Towa. However, somehow Toei managed to get the rights to The Way of the Dragon (ドラゴンへの道) (Japan release: Jan. 1975).

Uechi writes that Golden Harvest president Raymond Chow was looking to start a line of erotic films, and he seems have been very fond of Toei’s Reiko Ike. It was even said that Ike could become the “Female Bruce Lee” [the reference is unclear or I just don’t get it, but I don’t know who said this]. So Ike got all excited and flew to Hong Kong. However, her Golden Harvest film The Bedevilled (悪魔の生首) (HK release Jan 1975) turned out to be a “porno horror” after all. But it seems that this episode is how Toei managed to secure rights to The Way of the Dragon, as a return gift, despite Toho-Towa getting all the others.

This story is of course speculation. Some sort of connection seems to have existed between Toei and Golden Harvest already before, since Bruce Lee’s co-star Nora Miao acted in Toei’s Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok Drug Triangle (東京=ソウル=バンコック 実録麻薬地帯) (1973) and of course Angela Mao was the original star of Sister Street Fighter (女必殺拳) (1974) before she dropped out. Toei also tried to get Golden Harvest to co-produce The Street Fighter (激突! 殺人拳) (1974) but failed (presumably because Toei’s idea of “multi-cultural” was Sonny Chiba beating the crap out of foreign nationalities). But it sounds quite credible that after these failed attempts it was Ike’s Golden Harvest gig that probably secured Toei the distribution rights to The Way of the Dragon, especially since the timeframe matches perfectly (both released Jan. 1975) and there must be a reason why Toho-Towa couldn’t get this one film.

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A very good observation via Rock! Shock! Pop!
Killer Meteor;205623 wrote:That explain's GH's porno/kung fu movie THE ASSOCIATION...man, that movie is weird!
I completely forgot about that one! Good film! I never realized this before but looking at the cast list on IMDb, Naomi Oka (as Mei Ho), one of Toei's Pinky Violence girls, is there.

And then there's John Woo's The Dragon Tamers, which featured Ryoko Ema as evil Tae Kwon Do sister! She was one of the biggest non-leading lady names in Pinky Violence, always cast as evil gang leader.

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Left: Ema & Ike in Sukeban: Diamond Showdown (1974). Right: Kano and Ema in Sukeban: Crazy Ball Game (1974)

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Ike, Sugimoto and Ema in Terrifying Girls' High School: Women's Violent Classroom (1972)

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Also Chie Kobayashi, another Toei Pinky Violence girl
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There’s a nice little Reiko Ike biography in the Hotwax’s Who's Who Book 和モノ事典1970’s 人名編 (2006). English summary (scan below, please point out if I made any glaring mistakes)


Was scouted by director Norifumi Suzuki and producer Kanji Amao in May 1971 at the famous Aoi Heya club in Tokyo where both Ike and Miki Sugimoto used to hang out
CORRECTION: While I believe my translation is correct, the story is not! Suzuki says in his book (Toei guerilla senki, 2013, page 14) that the whole story about Ike and Sugimoto hanging out at Aoi Heya was made up by producer Amao for marketing purposes! LOL!
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Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 10

I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫アルバム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

Reiko Ike and Fan Letters from Kids

Here’s an awesome little story from the book. Uechi writes that while pink films were only shown in adult theatres, “Ike and Sugimoto’s girl boss films were treated as mainstream movies for general audiences and were screened as double features with ninkyo yakuza films. This gave birth to an odd phenomenon where, according to an old magazine article, Ike was receiving fan letters from elementary school 5th graders saying “your boobs are way different from my mom’s””.

Now, I would perhaps take this with a grain of salt knowing how active Toei was at creating publicity for Ike (I wouldn’t be surprised if the 5th grader was producer Amao, lol) but it may just as well be 100% true. I could imagine Ike was a goddess to 11 year old boys, and since about half of her Pinky Violence movies were rated “general audiences” (Not R-18), kids should have been able to see them, too.

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[still from Suzuki's book Toei guerilla senki, 2013]
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