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Guro Taku wrote:
20 Jun 2019, 15:26
Koichiro Uno's Wet and Riding (宇能鴻一郎の濡れて騎る) (1982) dir. Junichi Suzuki

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Koichiro Uno's Wet and Riding (宇能鴻一郎の濡れて騎る) (Japan, 1982) [BD] - 2/5
Koichiro Uno was that other writer of erotic novels that Nikkatsu used as the basis for many of their films. He didn't get nearly as many adaptations as Oniroku Dan, though. One thing all his works have in common is a female narrator and this gets carried over into the film versions as well. Here we get Junko Asahina as bored housewife Yoko telling us about her sexual fantasies and her husband's libidinal shortcomings until a condom salesman gives her a demonstration of his wares and a liberated female friend gets her involved in the partner-swapping lifestyle. It is all ... slightly amusing, I guess. Nobutaka Masutomi in a ridiculous get-up is the best thing about it in his two short scenes as a perverted jazz dance instructor (!) who fingerbangs his students to teach them how to relax.

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Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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HungFist wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 06:29
Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (Japan, 1982) [VoD] - 3.5/5

This popped up on Japanese streaming site U-Next.
Luckily, the new HD remaster is also on amazon now. I second the rating. Would be interesting to find out how much Ishii changed the source novel because things really are a bit more interesting than in your average Oniroku Dan bondage/enema (don't worry, there's explosive diarrhea in this as well) epics. I mean, he definitely changed the names to his usual Nami/Muraki dynamics, right?

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More Roman Porno coming from Happinet!
- http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/

June 3rd

Blu-Ray
- Wife to be Sacrificed (生贄夫人) (Masaru Konuma, 1974)
- High School Teacher: Maturing (高校教師 成熟) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1985)

DVD
- Eve-chan no hime (イヴちゃんの姫) (Shusuke Kaneko, 1984)
- Shinshu shikoshiko bushi: Onsen geisha vs. ozashiki stripper (信州シコシコ節 温泉芸者VSお座敷ストリッパー) (Nobuaki Shirai, 1975)
- Nun Story: Frustration in Black (修道女 黒衣の中のうずき) (Nobuaki Shirai, 1980)
- Female Teacher's Awakening (女教師のめざめ) (Katsuhiko Fujii, 1981)

+ 「志麻いづみ 鎌倉夫人 みだれ絹蒲団」(1983) &「小川亜佐美の おんなSEXカウンセラー 濡れ濡れテクニック」(1981)
This is a bit off an oddity. It's two a straight-to-video short features, each running approx 30 min and shot on video cameras instead of film, bundled together. They originally came out on VHS in 1981 and 1983. The directors are Katsuhiko Fujii and Shogoro Nishimura.

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August 5th

Blu-Ray
- Black Rose Ascension (黒薔薇昇天) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1975)
- Double Bed (ダブルベッド) (Toshiya Fujita, 1983)

DVD
- Wandering Seagull: Night In Kushiro (さすらいかもめ 釧路の女) (さすらいかもめ -釧路の夜-) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1973) *
- I Am Aroused (感じるんです) (Shinichi Shiratori, 1975)
- OH! Takarazuka (OH!!タカラヅカ) (Koyu Ohara, 1983)
- OL yuri-zoku 19-sai (OL百合族19歳) (Shusuke Kaneko, 1984)

+ 「麻生かおり ザ・オルガスムス」(1987) &「朝吹ケイト 覗き部屋の女」(1983)
Another VHS double with running times of 50m and 30m, directed by 佐々木尚 and 池田正一 (Shoichi Ikeda)

* Something odd going on with the title. Most databases, including some Japanese ones (jmdb) call this film さすらいかもめ -釧路の- but Happinet, Nikkatsu and the poster say さすらいかもめ 釧路の. Which means the English title is also mistranslated (should be "Woman" or "Person" instead of "Night"). And to add to the confusion, the furigana in the poster says 女 is not to be read as "onna" but as "hito" instead. And I do believe these are the one and same film because no database, including Nikkatsu's own, list both titles, only one of them, and the cast, director and release date (or month) is the same.

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So, absolutely nothing for me to buy. OH! Takarazuka is a cute film though, I even had a dream of Jun Miho once, haha. And Night/Woman/Person in Kushiro interests me a tiny bit because Nishimura's 60's mainstream films were so good that I keep imagining there'd be at least one good film in his Roman Porno catalogue too (ok, there is, Fujunna kankei from 1984 is great). And maybe I should try Double Bed again. I saw 30 min of it and were just bored. But it's written by Haruhiko Arai, so...

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HungFist wrote:
21 Feb 2020, 05:05
So, absolutely nothing for me to buy.
I'll sit all of these out as well. Mostly baffling choices, as usual. But to be honest I didn't expect them to release anything this close to the Olympics, so it's not a huge disappointment.

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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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Roman Porno and the R15+ Versions

You may have noticed that some Nikkatsu Roman Porno titles have been popping up as “R15 Version” [R15+版] in some distribution platforms for a few years. For example, all Toei Channel TV broadcastings are marked as “R15 Version”, and some streaming versions have had the same banner.

At the same time the retail DVD, BD and Amazon Prime stream releases are still marked as R18+. So what’s the deal?

I don’t have a comprehensive answer, but here’s something. Jealousy Game (1982):

TOP: Amazon Prime “R18” Stream
Bottom: Toei Channel “R15+ Version” on TV

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The censorship appears only in these two shots in the film, about 5 seconds each.

(That censorship is idiotic beyond belief, btw. There is NO EXPLICIT NUDITY or real sex in the uncut version either. If anything, the censored version is now the more shocking one because it creates a false illusion of genitals or actual intercourse having been visible prior to censorship!).

The banner at the end of the Toei Channel broadcasting shows the R15+ rating was granted for this video version by the ratings board Eirin.
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The original Erin logo on the print has different ID number.
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Now, does this mean that all “R15+ Versions” have this kind of censorship? Apparently not. Toei Channel’s Circuit of Sorrow was also an “R15+ Version”, but I could not notice any censorship there (I have not seen any other release of the film, though). I recorded Erotic Liaisons as well, and while I haven’t watched that recording yet, browsing through the sex scenes did not reveal any visual censorship.

This is more speculation that confirmed facts, but it seems to me that “R15+ Version” can either refer to a censored version or simply a new rating that was granted without censorship (remember how Toei’s Horror’s of Malformed Men went from R18+ to PG-12 upon re-rating a few years ago?).

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As suggested above, I re-watched Yoichi Higashi’s near-excellent motorbike road movie and psychological relationship drama Jealousy Game (ジェラシーゲーム) (1982), starring Toei’s delinquent girl boss Reiko Oshida.

This was one of Nikkatsu’s Eros daisaku (エロス大作) films, which came with padded running times, were released as double (instead of triple) features and were aimed at more mainstream(ish) audiences. All cast members here (Oshida, Yosuke Natsuki, Hiroaki Murakami and Hitomi Takahashi) were mainstream actors.

The film follows a married couple (Oshida and Natsuki) travelling through Hokkaido on a Harley Davidson. A young couple (Murakami and Takahashi) is heading the same direction by car. After a heated argument Oshida decides to hitch a ride and gets picked up by Murakami, who has just been left by manipulative girlfriend Takahashi. Husband Natsuki meanwhile picks up Takahashi at the back of his Harley without realizing what he's getting into.

The film’s title should explain the rest.

A mature, well acted and stylish (the road trip and motorbike aspect add a lot) human relationship drama, slightly hurt by the ungrateful and perhaps sexist role Takahashi has to play. The film was written by Akiko Tanaka, one of the few female writers who ever got associated with Roman Porno (another was Machiko Nasu). The music was composed by Ichiro Araki. Oh and in case someone is wondering, yes, Oshida does lose her clothing in this one.

The caps are from Toei Channel. Amazon’s HD stream has better compression, but looks otherwise the same. The Blu-Ray no doubt looks the same as well. This only came out on VHS before, so I’m sure this is the only HD master in existence.

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HungFist wrote:
21 Feb 2020, 05:05
More Roman Porno coming from Happinet!
- http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/

June 3rd

Blu-Ray
- Wife to be Sacrificed (生贄夫人) (Masaru Konuma, 1974)
- High School Teacher: Maturing (高校教師 成熟) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1985)

DVD
- Eve-chan no hime (イヴちゃんの姫) (Shusuke Kaneko, 1984)
- Shinshu shikoshiko bushi: Onsen geisha vs. ozashiki stripper (信州シコシコ節 温泉芸者VSお座敷ストリッパー) (Nobuaki Shirai, 1975)
- Nun Story: Frustration in Black (修道女 黒衣の中のうずき) (Nobuaki Shirai, 1980)
- Female Teacher's Awakening (女教師のめざめ) (Katsuhiko Fujii, 1981)

+ 「志麻いづみ 鎌倉夫人 みだれ絹蒲団」(1983) &「小川亜佐美の おんなSEXカウンセラー 濡れ濡れテクニック」(1981)
This is a bit off an oddity. It's two a straight-to-video short features, each running approx 30 min and shot on video cameras instead of film, bundled together. They originally came out on VHS in 1981 and 1983. The directors are Katsuhiko Fujii and Shogoro Nishimura.

August 5th

Blu-Ray
- Black Rose Ascension (黒薔薇昇天) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1975)
- Double Bed (ダブルベッド) (Toshiya Fujita, 1983)

DVD
- Wandering Seagull: Night In Kushiro (さすらいかもめ 釧路の女) (さすらいかもめ -釧路の夜-) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1973) *
- I Am Aroused (感じるんです) (Shinichi Shiratori, 1975)
- OH! Takarazuka (OH!!タカラヅカ) (Koyu Ohara, 1983)
- OL yuri-zoku 19-sai (OL百合族19歳) (Shusuke Kaneko, 1984)

+ 「麻生かおり ザ・オルガスムス」(1987) &「朝吹ケイト 覗き部屋の女」(1983)
Another VHS double with running times of 50m and 30m, directed by 佐々木尚 and 池田正一 (Shoichi Ikeda)

* Something odd going on with the title. Most databases, including some Japanese ones (jmdb) call this film さすらいかもめ -釧路の- but Happinet, Nikkatsu and the poster say さすらいかもめ 釧路の. Which means the English title is also mistranslated (should be "Woman" or "Person" instead of "Night"). And to add to the confusion, the furigana in the poster says 女 is not to be read as "onna" but as "hito" instead. And I do believe these are the one and same film because no database, including Nikkatsu's own, list both titles, only one of them, and the cast, director and release date (or month) is the same.

So, absolutely nothing for me to buy. OH! Takarazuka is a cute film though, I even had a dream of Jun Miho once, haha. And Night/Woman/Person in Kushiro interests me a tiny bit because Nishimura's 60's mainstream films were so good that I keep imagining there'd be at least one good film in his Roman Porno catalogue too (ok, there is, Fujunna kankei from 1984 is great). And maybe I should try Double Bed again. I saw 30 min of it and were just bored. But it's written by Haruhiko Arai, so...
McCrutchy at blu-ray.com noticed this Feb. 2020 announcement that had completely gone under my radar.
- https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php? ... stcount=94
McCrutchy;17604001 wrote:So I was browsing the other day and finally found something of a press announcement for the 2020 releases here:

https://www.nikkatsu.com/news/202002/003700.html

This article is from 27 February 2020 and in addition to listing titles, basically says that Nikkatsu will release 50 DVD/Blu-ray titles in the fiscal year 2020 (1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roman Porno in 2021, although the first film came out in November 1971, which would put it well within fiscal year 2021.

Altogether, 4 Blu-rays and 16 DVDs are set for release in June and August 2020, which would mean that a further 30 titles (if I had to guess, I would hope for at least 6 Blu-rays) were initially planned to be released after August 2020 and before April 2021. The article, however, was written largely before the coronavirus pandemic, so obviously, future releases are not necessarily going forward as planned.
So there should more titles coming in addition to those 16 (or 18 if we count the two double feature dvds as 4 separate titles) announced before.

Note that I missed two DTV titles (which of course aren't real Roman Porno, but Nikkatsu is now releasing them in this series anyway) before

June (DVD)

Vフィーチャー
『軽井沢夫人-官能の夜想曲-』
【監督】伊藤正治【出演】真梨邑ケイ 他
*一般作(成人指定ではありません)

August (DVD)

Vフィーチャー
『新・百合族 先生、キスしたことありますか?』
【監督】村上修【出演】三浦綺音 他
*一般作(成人指定ではありません)

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Nikkatsu's finally got the 2020 Roman Porno page online.
- https://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/bddvd2020/

50 titles confirmed, but only June and August titles listed so far.

And dear God, they've actually got a good looking artwork for Wife to Be Sacrificed!

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(too bad I hate the film with a passion)

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HungFist wrote:
21 Feb 2020, 05:05
August 5th

Blu-Ray
- Black Rose Ascension (黒薔薇昇天) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1975)
- Double Bed (ダブルベッド) (Toshiya Fujita, 1983)

DVD
- Wandering Seagull: Night In Kushiro (さすらいかもめ 釧路の女) (さすらいかもめ -釧路の夜-) (Shogoro Nishimura, 1973) *
- I Am Aroused (感じるんです) (Shinichi Shiratori, 1975)
- OH! Takarazuka (OH!!タカラヅカ) (Koyu Ohara, 1983)
- OL yuri-zoku 19-sai (OL百合族19歳) (Shusuke Kaneko, 1984)

+ 「麻生かおり ザ・オルガスムス」(1987) &「朝吹ケイト 覗き部屋の女」(1983)
Another VHS double with running times of 50m and 30m, directed by 佐々木尚 and 池田正一 (Shoichi Ikeda)
These got postponed to Sept. 2, due to corona.
- https://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/top ... 5bddvd.php

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