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Unread post by HungFist » 05 Oct 2016, 16:33

Oh, and the DVD extras are great, considering there's nothing but a trailer and photo gallery. But those are a good trailer and a great photo gallery.

"The second film in director Chusei Sone's Red series!"
I can only assume the "Red" refers to Angel Guts: Red Violation. Odd but interesting way to put it, since that film is a part of a series of its own.
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Unread post by Marshall » 05 Oct 2016, 18:10

HungFist wrote:
Marshall wrote:What style is the music in this?
I will take this down soon, but here's a clip:
https://youtu.be/nxGAbzFNYko

It is from the end of the film, so you may not wish to watch it if you're especially sensitive to spoilers, although I don't think there is much to spoil in this kind of band movie. Well, you could just click the link and listen to the audio of course.
That is right up my alley. This is from 1980?!

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Marshall wrote:
HungFist wrote:
Marshall wrote:What style is the music in this?
I will take this down soon, but here's a clip:
https://youtu.be/nxGAbzFNYko

It is from the end of the film, so you may not wish to watch it if you're especially sensitive to spoilers, although I don't think there is much to spoil in this kind of band movie. Well, you could just click the link and listen to the audio of course.
That is right up my alley. This is from 1980?!
Yes.

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Unread post by HungFist » 11 Oct 2016, 11:27

I made a couple of brief promo videos for Roman Porno. I've always wanted to show people that Roman Porno is more than just boring sex flicks. So I edited together some cool clips just for fun. Video quality is poor, audio sucks, editing is amateurish, aspect ratios sometimes wrong, and there's a mysterious green line that shows up randomly. Enjoy.

Spoiler warning is in place, I guess, although I don't expect these clips to ruin anyone's movie experience. But I did include for example the magnificent ending shot from Love Hotel (well, part of it, it goes on like 6 minutes).

The first two videos are safe for work by US standards (just killing and other harmless stuff like that); the third one features two brief glimpses of nudity.

Video 1:
https://vimeo.com/186164045

[the clips are from the movies Rolling on the Road (1981), Erotic Liaisons (1978), Assault (1978), Kurutta seiyokusha shufu o osou! (1979), Erotic Journey: Love Affair In Hong Kong (1973), Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977) and Red Violation (1980)]

Video 2:
https://vimeo.com/186163704

[the clips are from the movies Woman in the Box 2 (1988), Angel Guts: Red Classroom (1979), Coed Report: Yuko's White Breasts (1971), The Dark Room (1983), Woman's Trail: Wet Path (1980), Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (1982) and Love Hotel (1985)]

Video 3:
https://vimeo.com/186389141

[the clips are from the movies Attacked (1978), Lolita Vibrator Torture (1987), Delicate Skillful Fingers (1972), Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (1978), Secret Chronicle: She Beast Market (1974), Crazed Fruit (1981), and Painful Bliss! Final Twist (1977)]

I will not keep these online forever.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 22 Oct 2016, 08:28

HungFist wrote:Good news: My Red Violation DVD is finally here!!! Ever since it was announced, I was afraid some legal shit would come up and the release would end up cancelled at the last moment.

Bad news: the image looks like ass.
Obviously I can't comment on the look of the transfer as I have nothing to compare it to but there's something really odd going on from about 54:11 to 54:15. At least on my DVD, it shows Mari getting up in front of a window and asking Fujito why he's doing this (assaulting her). At least on my copy, she does this twize, similar to a record getting stuck, before Fujito replies. Is that a stylistic thing Sone did deliberately or did Happinet screw up with the mastering of the disc?

Here's a screenshot from the scene in question:

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Unread post by HungFist » 22 Oct 2016, 09:06

I'm pretty sure that was in the 35mm print as well. It's been a few years, but I kinda recall something like that in the print as well. Probably intended by Sone.

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Upcoming Synapse Roman Porno titles:
Derrick King / Rock! Shock! Pop! Forums wrote:I think most of these are already known, but I'll post this anyway. According to the Synapse Film 2017 catalog that comes with PHENOMENA, they are going to release the following Nikkatsu titles:
A Nun's Diary: Confession
Cloistered Nun: Sexual Frustration in a Black Robe
Female Prisoner 101: Suck
Flight Attendant: Hold Me Like an Animal
Flower and Snake
Lolita
Love Hunter
Nurse Girls Dorm: Shamed Angel
Sexual Assault!: 13 Hours
Star of David: Beauty Hunting
Tokyo Caligula
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears
True Story of a Woman in Jail: The Hell of Love
Woman in Heat Behind Bars
White Rose Campus
Woman in Prison
Woman in the Box
Woman in the Box 2
Zoom Up: Graduation
Zoom Up: Sexual Assault Site
Zoom Up: Seiko's Thighs
- http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/show ... post144606

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 22 Nov 2016, 20:12

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.

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Unread post by HungFist » 05 Dec 2016, 16:09

I got my Rolling on the Road BD, and this looks better than the Red Violation DVD. It still has a bit of that boosted look, but it's more natural generally speaking.

Unfortunately I cannot take BD screencaptures due to a complicated software mess.

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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Dec 2016, 07:01

More Roman Porno coming from Happinet. April 4.

[ブルーレイリリース 4,536円(税込)] (Blu-Ray)
・『花と蛇』 (Flower & Snake) (1974)
・『箱の中の女 処女いけにえ』 (Woman In the Box: Virgin Sacrifice) (1985)
・『団鬼六 美女縄地獄』 (Beauty In Rope Hell) (1983)
・『団鬼六 女美容師縄飼育』 (Female Beautician Rope Discipline) (1981)

[DVDゴールドプライス 3,240円(税込)](すべて初DVD化&HDリマスター版) (First Time DVD
・『カルーセル麻紀 夜は私を濡らす』 (Carrousel Maki: Yoru wa watashi o nurasu) (1974
・『女高生レポート 子の白い胸』 (Coed Report: Yuko's White Breasts) (1971)
・『女豹』 (Female Leopard) (1985)
・『恋の狩人 欲望』 (Love Hunter: Lust) (1973)
・『泣く女』 (Woman Who Cries) (1980)

[DVDシルバープライス 2,160円(税込) (Low priced re-issues)]
・『高校エロトピア 赤い制服』
・『やくざ観音 情女仁義』
・『女高生100人(秘)モーテル白書』
・『牝猫たちの夜』
・『エロス学園 感度ばつぐん』
・『宇能鴻一郎の看護婦寮』
・『女体育教師 跳んで開いて』

- http://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/topics/?p=985
- http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/category/moviej

The good news is that there will be batch #2 also, but it doesn't say when.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 16 Dec 2016, 08:57

I honestly didn't expect to see more BD releases from Happinet now that the 45th Anniversary is over so that in and of itself is great news and cause for celebration. Sales numbers this year must have been alright if they keep going.

So much for the good news because unfortunately this is another underwhelming batch. I guess of all the titles I'm most excited about Koyu Ohara's wacky FEMALE LEOPARD finally hitting DVD. Fuck WOMAN IN A BOX though! I'm a completist and so far I have bought every single BD and DVD Happinet has put out in this series but WOMAN IN A BOX is a serious contender for the worst piece of shit pink-themed flick I have ever seen and it'll be interesting to see if my OCD or my disgust wins come pre-order time.

PS.: Seems obvious Synapse licensed films that already had HD transfers done and I now fully expect all their titles to be released in Japan first.

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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Dec 2016, 09:38

That's my thoughts exactly.

Here are some films I'd love to see get a release. I've never seen any of them.
1. Circuit of Sorrow (哀愁のサーキット) (Toru Murakawa, 1972)
2. Sex Rider: Injured Lust (セックス・ライダー 傷だらけの欲情) (1973) (Koretsugu Kurahara)
3. Attack! (襲え!) (Yukihiro Sawada, 1978)
4. Rape Frenzy: Five Minutes Before Graduation (卒業五分前 群姦リンチ) (Yukihiro Sawada, 1977)
5. True Story of Sex and Violence In a Female High School (番格 女子高校生のSEXと暴力の実態) (Koretsugu Kurahara, 1973)
6. Kanto County Sex Unit (Bankaku: Kantō sex gundan) (バンカク 関東SEX軍団) (Keiichi Ozawa, 1973)
7. Melancholy Flesh Business: Sensuous Zone (官能地帯 哀しみの女街) (1972) (Tooru Murakawa, 1972)

From the movies that I have seen, these are most in the need of dvd/bd release:
1. Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (Toshiya Fujita, 1977)
2. Rape Ceremony (Kichitaro Negishi, 1980)
3. Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (Toshiya Fujita, 1977)
4. Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1977)
5. Erotic Liaisons (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1978)
6. Assault (Yukihiro Sawada, 1976)
+ Crazed Fruit (Kichitaro Negishi, 1981) (the current dvd release is below average VHS quality)

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 16 Dec 2016, 10:45

HungFist wrote:3. Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (Toshiya Fujita, 1977)
4. Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1977)
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. I liked it quite a bit so I'm hoping I'm right. RAPE TRAIN I have wanted to see ever since the DVD was announced and then promtly and infuriatingly cancelled.

I would add:

Hakkin nikubuton 発禁 肉蒲団 (1975) dir. Nobuaki Shirai

Screenplay by Atsushi Yamatoya and based in equal parts on Yu Li's Carnal Prayer Mat novel (which was later filmed in Hong Kong as Yu Pui Tsuen (1987) and of course Sex and Zen (1991)) and the Nezumi Kozo folk tale! So much fucking fun!

Koyamu 紅夜夢 (1983) dir. Shogoro Nishimura

Nishimura was kind of a hack but this is still my favorite cinematic interpretation of the Oden Takahashi story. Happinet/Nikkatsu seem to have placed a focus on releasing 80ies flicks, so maybe this stands a better than average chance?

Wife Collector 人妻コレクター (1985) dir. Hisayasu Sato

Not Sato's best work by any stretch but it'd still tickle me pink to get this on BD simply because Sato needs all the rediscovery he can get and this is one of his very few Nikkatsu releases.

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Unread post by Varrick » 25 Jan 2017, 12:41

I have a question for the people familiar with Japan on the tag/name "Pinky Violence" ... I read on countless sources that it's a name originated in the west (probably considering the DVD boxset issued by Panic House in mid 2000's) but I think the book by J-Taro S. came out in Japan in 1999 and it was the first time the name has been used commercially... can you confirm this ?

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Unread post by HungFist » 25 Jan 2017, 12:54

Varrick wrote:I have a question for the people familiar with Japan on the tag/name "Pinky Violence" ... I read on countless sources that it's a name originated in the west (probably considering the DVD boxset issued by Panic House in mid 2000's) but I think the book by J Taro Sugisaki came out in japan in 1999 and it was the first time the name has been used commercially... can you confirm this ?
My understanding is also that Sugisaku was the first one to use the term. That's what Japanese wikipedia also says. And yes, his book came out 1999.

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Unread post by Varrick » 25 Jan 2017, 13:17

Thanks for your answer.

May you identify this movie, please ?

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did you watch it?

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Unread post by HungFist » 25 Jan 2017, 15:25

Varrick wrote: May you identify this movie, please ?
You've found something incredibly rare. Japanese online movie databases have never heard of it. I can tell you it's called 女は神様です 産婦人科医の告白 in Japanese and stars an actress called Mami Sakura (桜マミ). It seems to be a 1973 Toei Porno film with a running time of 52 minutes. The director is Tomoomi Ida (依田智臣), who only ever directed a couple of movies but served as assistant director is some well known films like Modern Porno Tale and Yakuza's Law.

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- https://twitter.com/toei_porno/status/2 ... 5780601856

Some years back Laputa Asagaya had a brief retrospective called New Toei Porno, which didn't feature this film but included some other rare films:
http://www.laputa-jp.com/laputa/program/toei-newporno/

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Unread post by Varrick » 25 Jan 2017, 15:37

Thank you again!

it's incredible how when one thinks he finally saw all TOEI posters something new always pops up!

BTW those Laputa Chirashis are great

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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.
is it possible that someone has the original titles for these handy? i can recognise one or two of them, but wondering how dominated this list is by RP of the cliched genre ilk they've said they'd avoid in future, and how many are classics or requested titles that they've said more educated or interested specialist fans had repeatedly stated they'd like instead.

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logboy wrote: is it possible that someone has the original titles for these handy? i can recognise one or two of them, but wondering how dominated this list is by RP of the cliched genre ilk they've said they'd avoid in future, and how many are classics or requested titles that they've said more educated or interested specialist fans had repeatedly stated they'd like instead.
HungFist wrote:Upcoming Synapse Roman Porno titles:
Derrick King / Rock! Shock! Pop! Forums wrote:I think most of these are already known, but I'll post this anyway. According to the Synapse Film 2017 catalog that comes with PHENOMENA, they are going to release the following Nikkatsu titles:
A Nun's Diary: Confession: Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)
Cloistered Nun: Sexual Frustration in a Black Robe
Female Prisoner 101: Suck
Flight Attendant: Hold Me Like an Animal
Flower and Snake
Lolita
Love Hunter
Nurse Girls Dorm: Shamed Angel
Sexual Assault!: 13 Hours
Star of David: Beauty Hunting
Tokyo Caligula
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears
True Story of a Woman in Jail: The Hell of Love
Woman in Heat Behind Bars
White Rose Campus
Woman in Prison
Woman in the Box
Woman in the Box 2
Zoom Up: Graduation
Zoom Up: Sexual Assault Site
Zoom Up: Seiko's Thighs
- http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/show ... post144606
Changed titles
Cloistered Nun: Sexual Frustration in a Black Robe: Shūdōjo: kokui no naka no uzuki (1980)
Female Prisoner 101: Suck: Female Convict 101: Suck
Flight Attendant: Hold Me Like an Animal: Stewardess Scandal: kedamono no yō ni dakishimete (1984)
Lolita: Lolita Vibrator Torture (1987)
Nurse Girls Dorm: Shamed Angel: Kango joshiryô: Kegasareta tenshi (1987)
Sexual Assault!: 13 Hours: Rape: 13th Hour (1977)
Tokyo Caligula: Lady Caligula In Tokyo (1981)
True Story of a Woman in Jail: The Hell of Love: New True Story of Woman Condemned to Hell (1976)
White Rose Campus: White Rose Campus: And Then Everybody Gets Raped (1982)
Zoom Up: Graduation: Zoom Up: Graduation Photos (1983)
Zoom Up: Sexual Assault Site: Zoom Up: Rape Site (1979)
Zoom Up: Seiko's Thighs: Zoom Up: Seiko's Juicy Thighs (1982)

Unchanged titles
Flower and Snake (1974)
Love Hunter (1972)
Star of David: Beauty Hunting (Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls)
Woman in Heat Behind Bars (Women in Heat Behind Bars)
Woman in the Box (1985)
Woman in the Box 2 (1987)

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A Nun's Diary: Confession: Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976) ???
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears: Gypsy Rose: A Docu-Drama (1974) ???
Woman in Prison: Female Prison (1978) ???

You can use these sites as reference
http://www.romanporno.com/complete-list ... rno-films/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_N ... orno_films

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 26 Feb 2017, 14:54

Covers for the April 4th Roman Porno batch from Happinet:

Blu-Ray:

・『花と蛇』 (Flower & Snake) (1974)
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・『箱の中の女 処女いけにえ』 (Woman In the Box: Virgin Sacrifice) (1985)
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・『団鬼六 美女縄地獄』 (Beauty In Rope Hell) (1983)
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・『団鬼六 女美容師縄飼育』 (Female Beautician Rope Discipline) (1981)
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DVD:

・『カルーセル麻紀 夜は私を濡らす』 (Carrousel Maki: Yoru wa watashi o nurasu) (1974)
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・『女高生レポート 子の白い胸』 (Coed Report: Yuko's White Breasts) (1971)
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・『女豹』 (Female Leopard) (1985)
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・『恋の狩人 欲望』 (Love Hunter: Lust) (1973)
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・『泣く女』 (Woman Who Cries) (1980)
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HungFist wrote: ???
A Nun's Diary: Confession: Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976) ???
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears: Gypsy Rose: A Docu-Drama (1974) ???
Sundance from Rock Shock Pop forums sent me a few corrections:

A Nun's Diary: Confession: Wet & Rope (1979)
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears: True Story of a woman in Soapland: Tear! (1987)

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HungFist wrote:
HungFist wrote: ???
A Nun's Diary: Confession: Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976) ???
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears: Gypsy Rose: A Docu-Drama (1974) ???
Sundance from Rock Shock Pop forums sent me a few corrections:

A Nun's Diary: Confession: Wet & Rope (1979)
True Story of a Prostitute: Tears: True Story of a woman in Soapland: Tear! (1987)
thanks for going through the list to give original titles. i've done a little research to see what's in there that's potentially of interest to me - about five titles, i think. not that difficult to get the japanese text once i know what the film actually is ... ! glad to see sato and hasebe appear in here, and a few or more long-requested titles from those that have developed a more knowledgeable taste in RP.

still not sure i like the selection process and the way they're handled. there seems to be runs of sequels for films which were not certainly of interest to buyers in their earlier titles. could do with trailers in advance, too. surprisingly hard to find people willing to stock them, even with altered titles, for us folk that are buying from abroad - not even amazon listings seem forthcoming any more.

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Unread post by HungFist » 28 Feb 2017, 08:33

Basically that list contains two kinds of titles: violent pink and "standard" softcore stuff. There are some cool ones from the former category, like Zoom Up: Rape Site, Woman in the Box 2, Rape! 13th Hour, White Rose Campus and Lolita Vibrator Torture. But it's sad the other genres get ignored.

I kinda take credit for bringing Zoom Up: Rape Site to their attention (and I believe I accidentally got Rape! 13th Hour into the release list as well) so I was shy of trying to promote more titles to them. After all, if these bomb, I don't want to be the man who bankrupted Synapse :lol: But I do wish they'd explore some of the truly great films from other genres, like Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977), Rolling on the Road (1981), Crazed Fruit (1981), Delicate Skilful Fingers (1972) etc. Then again, I've been told at my face (well, screen) by web users that my recommendation are shit and those films are shitty artistic snooze fests with too little tits and ass. I guess that's the fundamental problem with a brand called Roman Porno that contains both great art (small minority) and low brow sleaze (great majority) and the latter is the sales point.

Well, I've understood that the first batch sold well, and I'm happy about that even most of those films weren't of great interest to me personally.

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Unread post by HungFist » 28 Feb 2017, 09:43

I've finally updated my favourite Roman Porno films list. Top 30!

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1. Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (Toshiya Fujita, 1977) (genre: violence / delinquent girl)
Ultra-realistic and ultra-violent bad girl drama. Imagine Kinji Fukasaku directing a Sukeban film with Toshiya Fujita ‘s usual youth film themes and social commentary. Fantastic performances, innovative cinematography and a stunning rock soundtrack.


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2. Rape Ceremony (Kichitaro Negishi, 1980) (genre: youth drama / character study)
Despite the crude Nikkatsu title, this is a small masterpiece about two generations of violent young men. It follows a group of young men who is taking revenge against their former idols, who are biker gang members who disbanded under police pressure. A very Art Theatre Guild esque film with great characters, cast, music, and broken chronology.


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3. Love Hotel (Shinji Somai, 1985) (genre: character drama)
The only Roman Porno by Shinji Somai, who was arguably the best Japanese director of the 1980s. This film features one of the best storylines I have ever seen, and all of the usual Somai trademarks from breathtaking tracking shots to great soundtrack. Yokohama (Mainstream) Film Fest winner: best film, best director, best screenplay (Takashi Ishii), best cinematography, best lead actor and best female newcomer of the year.


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4. Rolling on the Road (aka Oh Women! A Dirty Song) (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1981) (genre: rock sleaze)
Kumashiro’s jaw dropping sleaze fest and "true account" of the asshole rocker / movie star Yuya Uchida, played by Uchida himself! The most memorable scene: a sadomasochist nurse is strangling Uchida with a telephone cord during sex while his other girlfriend is crying at the other end of the line.


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5. Crazed Fruit (Kichitaro Negishi, 1981) (genre: youth drama / character study)
Kichitaro Negishi was bar none one of the best directors who ever worked in Roman Porno. He basically re-invented the 1950s delinquent youth genre. This is a new and superior version of the 1950s classic Crazed Fruit. It's got all of Negishi's trademarks: complex characters, great performances, frequent use of exterior locations, and an energetic audio-visual style that mixes pop songs with hand-held cinematography.


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6. Pink Hip Girl (Koyu Ohara, 1977) (genre: youth / pop art)
This is one of the cutest, most adorable youth films, and the movie that earned Ohara his reputation as “pop-art director”. It’s a highly entertaining road movie with snowy landscapes, cute girls, great soundtrack, and real chemistry between the two leads. This was a hit among female audiences as well.


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7. Retreat through the Wet Wasteland (Yukihiro Sawada, 1973) (genre: cop thriller)
Ultra-nihilist police corruption film in which two beast-cops are hunting their former colleague who escaped from a mental institution and could reveal their crimes to the public. Produced as Roman Porno because no mainstream studio dared to touch it. Even Nikkatsu had second thoughts because they thought it was too political and tried to stop the production.


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8. Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Chusei Sone, 1979) (genre: psychological drama)
Most of the Angel Guts movies are great, but this haunting psychological drama is probably my favourite. Keizo Kanie stars as a photographer who sees an underground rape film and becomes obsessed finding the girl and finding out of the crime was real or staged. Beautiful score, good performances and fine cinematography. The ending is unforgettable. I've excluded the other entries from the list, but High School Co-ed, Nami and Red Vertigo all come highly recommended.


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9. Delicate Skilful Fingers (Tooru Murakawa, 1972) (genre: contemporary drama)
This film was praised by critics as a movie that turned Roman Porno into respectable youth cinema that captured Nikkatsu's past glory days. Indeed, it's a terrific, stylish film of an innocent young woman who falls in love with a professional pickpocket and discovers a new decadent life. Co-stars cult actor / rock star Ichiro Araki. Screenplay by Tatsumi Kumashiro.


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10. Red Violation (Chusei Sone, 1980) (genre: rock / slice of life drama)
A great slice of life drama following real life rock-band Devils, played by the real members, including the gaijin member James Hunt in a pretty big role. It's a film that could've been produced by ATG. There's a bit of sex, quite good characters, and tons of great music. It also captures the spirit of the time really nicely. The film ends with a terrific 10 minute scene where the band is composing their new song. One of the best band movies ever made.

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11. Beauty’s Exotic Dance: Torture (Noboru Tanaka, 1977) (genre: psychological drama)
A haunting psychological drama about the love affair between an artist and a woman who goes through endless physical tortures to make him happy. All set in beautiful snowy landscapes. Probably Tanaka’s best film.


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12. Rape! 13th Hour (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1977) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
Hasebe’s most outrageous film even turns the violence against men when a serial rapist with a protégé is chased by a homosexual gang. It’s also his slickest thriller, and full of interesting social commentary, even if Hasebe denies such intentions for some reason. William Friedkin later made a film which has an identical ending!


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13. Assault! Jack the Ripper (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1976) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
The coming of age story of a serial killer. A shy young man finds a passion for slaughtering women, and his girlfriend gets sexual kicks from it. Rarely have sex and death been so close other than in David Cronenberg films.


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14. Zoom Up: Rape Apartments (Naosuke Kurosawa, 1980) (genre: pink giallo)
This is just about the last thing you'd expect to find in the Roman Porno genre: a pink-giallo. The cinematography and sound design are absolutely stunning and the film features one of the most WTF kills in movie history. Too bad about the excessive sex scenes that slow it down.


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15. Midnight Fairy (Noboru Tanaka, 1973) (genre: arthouse)
A desperate young man ditched by his girlfriend hooks up with a mentally challenged prostitute. This is a superb arthouse Roman Porno. It's poignant, visually stylish, and features lots of great 1970s footage filmed on location on streets and in small bars. The film also never feels pretentious: it's fun, playful and relatively fast paced.


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16. Woman of the Afternoon: Incite! (Nobuyuki Saito, 1979) (genre: genre cocktail)
This film is best watched without knowing anything about it. Director Nobuyuki Saito spent most of his career making mediocre and bad films. This one, however, is a fresh, breezy and energetic gem that will take you by a suprise.


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17. Erotic Liaisons (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1978) (genre: neo-noir)
Here's a very stylish neo-noir based on a novel by the French author Raymond Marlot and produced during the late 1970s when a small amount of Roman Porno films attempted to bridge the gap between mainstream and pink cinema. The storyline and atmosphere are so strikingly European that you constantly forgets the film is set in Tokyo and not Paris.


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18. Woman in the Box 2 (Masaru Konuma, 1986) (genre: horror/drama)
Generally speaking, I'm no fan of Masaru Konuma's SM films. He has, however, made some good films in other genres. This movie is a small gem: a beautiful, melancholic horror film set on a ski resort. It has a terrific score, too. It's such a unique film in the Roman Porno genre that you don't even realize the villain is actually a pretty standard SM psycho.


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19. Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (Masaru Konuma, 1978) (genre: youth drama)
An energetic youth film follows two youngsters on the run. The film features superb performances from its two leads who make an adorable couple that you really care about - a real rarity in the genre. It's also stylishly shot, with numerous outdoor scenes set in the early morning add a fresh feel to the film. One of director Konuma's best films.


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20. Painful Bliss! Final Twist (Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1977) (genre: WTF / pop art)
An absolutely insane mix of yakuzas, transvestites and all kinds of pop-art. If Takashi Miike, Pedro Almodovar and Noboru Tanaka had sex, and somehow gave birth, and the child become a movie director, his movie would probably look much like this...


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21. Assault (Yukihiro Sawada, 1976) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
Another crime film by the director of Retreat through the Wet Wasteland. This one is a remarkably dark and bleak tale of a husband and wife taken as prisoner by a group criminals on the run. The film was very obviously influenced by Straw Dogs. Although most of it fall short of great, the eight minute climax is a melancholic ballad of violence that rivals the best scenes by Sam Peckinpah and John Woo.


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22. Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (Toshiya Fujita, 1977) (genre: drama, youth, thriller)
Skilfully written and unpredictable character drama about a raped wife, her husband, little sister, and the sister's friend who falls in love with an African American soldier. The shifting focus and the use of unlikely encounters echoes 1990s Tarantino, and the violent ending turns gender roles upside down. The script, by a 25 year old female writer, was discovered via Nikkatsu screenwriting competition.


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23. Secret Chronicle: Prostitution Market (Chusei Sone, 1972) (genre: comedy)
A very funny, frequently cute, and politically incorrect by modern standards, film about a mentally challenged girl who is sold to a brothel. Her virginity proves surprisingly difficult to steal as she doesn't understand what sex is, and always manages to misunderstand the customers' intentions. The best sequence involves a sumo wrestler trying to catch her – and destroying half of the brothel in the process before knocking himself out.


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24. Zoom Up: Rape Site (Koyu Ohara, 1979) (genre: violent pink / thriller)
A notorious piece of mean spirited violent pink may not be quite as wild as its reputation, but it's well made smut with a solid thriller structure, some gruesome kills and a pitch black view on humanity. Also, the film's view on women can be summarized with the line "be so kind, rape me again".


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25. Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (genre: romance / thriller)
An utterly ridiculous but highly entertaining love story about two robbers and their female hostage on the run. Add “stunts sequences” on the train top, a ridiculous Texas country music soundtrack, and a very cute female lead, and you’ve got a nonsensical, but fun crime film romance.


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26. Woman's Trail: Wet Path (Kazunari Takeda, 1980) (genre: drama)
Beautifully melancholic film about realistic, likeable and often middle aged characters wandering aimlessly in snowy coastal towns after being abandoned by their loved ones. Director Takeda rarely produced quality, but this is a mature, atypical film that beautifully depicts the passing of time.


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27. Secret Chronicle: She-Beast Market (Noboru Tanaka, 1974) (genre: realistic drama)
Tanaka's ultra realistic film about a prostitute (Meika Seri) is one of the most exceptional films in the Roman Porno genre, and not only for its striking black & white cinematography.


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28. From Orion's Testimony: Formula for Murder (Kichitaro Negishi, 1978) (genre: drama/youth/thriller)
Negishi's first film is a youth drama about a young man who writes fictional plans how to murder his father - until the father's new lover wishes to put the plan into action. Negishi's films are always character driven, often breezy, and feature exceptional approaches to sex. In this film the protagonist makes friends with a strange hippie-like girl (Ako) into African music - and their relationship is almost sex free.


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29. Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (Fumihiko Kato, 1982) (genre: noir / drama/ S&M)
There are not many S&M films that appeal to me, but this one is of interest. Director Kato helms a very good Takashi Ishii script about a high school girl who is obsessed with her teacher, who has been fired on false rape accusations. The highly visual and nightmarish film is both surprising and character driven. The final scenes may be hard to take for newcomers, but the film feels like an Angel Guts entry with an S&M theme.


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30. Trap of Lust (Atsushi Yamatoya, 1973) (genre: action / thriller / WTF)
Atsushi Yamatoya, one of the screenwriters on Branded to Kill, and a cult figure on his own, directs this bizarre professional killer / spy film satire that is sometimes considered a remake of Branded to Kill. Entertaining, although sometimes a bit too confident of its own odd appeal.

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