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The long interview with Yuuji Makiguchi published in the Japan Cult Film Collection series' volume on Torn Priestess/Nuns That Bite is a real treasure trove for great behind-the-scenes stories.

Talking about SHOGUN'S SADISM, Makiguchi relays a story about the scene in which the Shogun (played with sadistic glee by Akira Shioji) tortures a woman who is trapped in a glass cage by pouring snakes in with her.

Makiguchi says it was 100 Japanese rat snakes (Elaphe climacophora) and he was wrecking his head trying to figure out where he'd find an actress willing to agree to such a scene. Then producer Tatsuo Honda brought a woman all the way from Tochigi Prefecture who he had seen on TV in a report about people who like snakes. The woman told Makiguchi she keeps 3 or 4 big snakes at home and rolls around with them before bedtime in order to cool down. So he had found a woman who had no problem with the scene but he struggled to get a terrified performance out of her. Apparently most of the time her face looked more aroused than scared. After filming was completed, she actually asked Makiguchi if she could take the snakes back home. He allowed her to keep an "unnoticeable" amount and she selected the ones she thought were the cute ones and went home with a big smile.
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Hah, awesome story!

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Finally managed to snatch this for a reasonable price!

Delinquent Girl Boss: Tokyo Drifters (1970)
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The size is 140x51cm.

I'd been keeping an eye on this poster for a year but could never afford it as it was listed at 10 000 yen (about $100). Last week finally another copy appeared at Yahoo Japan Auctions and I managed to get it for 1600 yen (about $16). Condition is inferior, but good enough for me.

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Picked up another poster.

Girl Boss: Diamond Showdown (1974)
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140x51cm.

Got this for 1200 yen (approx. $12). And it's in terrific condition!

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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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Just got this!

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Can't express how happy I am I finally managed to snatch this after a few years worth of lost auctions. It's a rare item and very much in demand.

Exceptionally, there were two copies for sale at the same time, the one closing first listed with a notably higher starting price. I figured I'd get this for a semi reasonable price by bidding on the more expensive one. That's because that would send other bidders to the cheaper one which, however, because it closes later and it is only human that in a bidding war people end up bidding more than they planned on the last minute, would end up going for a higher price in the end. That's exactly what happened! I got mine for 4600 yen (with shipping), the other copy went for 6300 (with shipping).

I've seen this poster going for 7000 - 8000 yen before... which was too much for my budget.

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I'm not a huge Wakamatsu fan, but I loved this film so much I gotta post a bit about it.

A Pool Without Water (水のないプール) (Japan, 1982)
An absolutely astonishing, almost hypnotic dive into the psyche of a man who becomes a morally corrupted but not downright evil rapist. Yuya Uchida, a rock star turned absolutely fearless actor, is excellent as bored, sexually frustrated family man who discovers he can take advantage of women during their sleep without getting caught using chloroform. Feeling quilt, he actually prepares breakfast and does the house cleaning for his regular victim. It is for its refusal to outright condemn its protagonist that the film is so unique, challenging and thought provoking, tied to Japanese society and its film history of sympathizing otaku, and frankly couldn't exist in almost any other country. It is also darkly humoristic, but strictly labelling it as black comedy would be an attempt to avoid facing the film as what it is. One of Koji Wakamatsu's best films, greatly aided by Katsuo Ono's stunning score and Uchida's amazing performance. He gave fantastic performances in films like Erotic Liaisons (1978), Rolling on the Road (1981) and No More Comics (1986), playing a fallen detective, asshole rock star, and paparazzi, not afraid to show himself in a negative light or sympathize low lives.

The recently released Japanese rental/retail dvd by Happinet looks good enough but the audio features a lot of hiss. I assume this is a re-issue of the old Pioneer DVD. I also don't know how the French dvd compares.

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Sadao Nakajima Toei Sex Doc x 3. All are available on Toei DVD.

Nippon '69 Sexual Curiosity Seeking Zone (にっぽん69 セックス猟奇地帯) (1969)
Student demonstrations, plastic surgery, body painting, 8mm porn film shoot, strip joints, underground theatre groups and a man who wishes to be treated as a dog and wants to drink his mistress' pee (this may have been an inspiration to Teruo Ishii's Shameless: Abnormal and Abusive Love, 1969). A commercial shock documentary in the tradition of Italian mondo films, which had been remarkably popular in Japan based on the sheer amount of them that got released throughout the 60s in the land of the rising skirt. The disgusting plastic surgery footage aside this Sadao Nakajima film is quite tame, with sexual content limited to a fair few topless shots. It is a little more rewarding as late 60s time capsule featuring real underground figures and street footage, also the 60s student movement and street demonstrations prominently in presence.

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Pilgrimage to Japanese Baths (驚異のドュメント 日本浴場物語) (1971)
A strange, semi-authentic documentary exploration of Japanese public baths and hot springs. The entirely fictional frame story features a man burdened by a mother complex journeying around Japan in search of a great bath. The Eiren synopsis speaks of nostalgia and tradition tied to spiritualism and health, contrasted to the modern era and captured with hidden cameras. It is questionable how much of that actually comes through in this 18 rated (by 1970 standards) film where half of the time you know the scenes are staged. That being said, its R18 labelling seems extremely dated by today's standards (toplessness, c-section, Turkish bath footage with no explicit sex). It's one of those cinematic oddities that don't exist anymore in the internet era.

Twisted Sex (セックスドキュメント 性倒錯の世界) (1971)
"Modern Japan. Sex is everywhere. There we have a woman with a woman. Or is it a man after all? What is a man or a woman anyway?" The third and final in Sadao Nakajima's sex doc series covers transvestites, gay men, lesbians, tattoos and S&M. This one is actually interesting in parts, especially in its romantic portrayal of gay men, something which is greatly aided by Ichiro Araki's cool score that blesses the entire film. There's also some interesting footage with Nippon Irezumi Club needle masters creating sadistic full body tattoo art with the kind of visions of torture hell familiar to viewers from Teruo Ishii's ero guro films. The doc gets less interesting when it moves to S&M content (Oniroku Dan also appears here). Again, the film is perhaps more valuable as cinematic curiosity and time capsule than as informative doc. Oh and the words quoted in the beginning? The voice belongs to narrator Ko Nishimura, probably best known to foreign audiences as the priest in Lady Snowblood (1973).

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Nippon Irezumi Club (Japan Tattoo Club)
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Oniroku Dan on the left
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Hot Springs Geisha 2 (温泉ポン引女中) (1969)
The first Hot Springs Geisha (1968) film, a harmless sex comedy and one of Teruo Ishii's dullest efforts, only managed to sneak in one or two brief topless shots. This sequel does more in the opening credits scene alone. It's a skin flick in and out, but thankfully one with an enjoyably laidback swing, drenched in 60s aesthetics, and without too many boring bits. And just when you're about to get a bit tired of it, it throws in a bizarre nude party scene with Tatsumi Hijikata's Butoh dancers! And then there's a super violent shocker final reel that makes you wonder if the filmmakers decided they should've gone the Joy of Torture (1968) route instead. Though unjustified quality wise, you can't quite help but to see the Beneath the Valley of the Dolls (1970) parallels. This is as good if not better than the two Norifumi Suzuki directed instalments (parts 4 and 5).

The lovely Ishii muse Masumi Tachibana
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Yumiko Katayama!
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My idol Osman Yusuf
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Tatsumi Hijikata's Butoh gang
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A couple of Reiko Oshida stills and photos!

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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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HungFist wrote:
27 Aug 2018, 14:41
Hot Springs Geisha 2 (温泉ポン引女中) (1969)
The first Hot Springs Geisha (1968) film, a harmless sex comedy and one of Teruo Ishii's dullest efforts, only managed to sneak in one or two brief topless shots. This sequel does more in the opening credits scene alone. It's a skin flick in and out, but thankfully one with an enjoyably laidback swing, drenched in 60s aesthetics, and without too many boring bits. And just when you're about to get a bit tired of it, it throws in a bizarre nude party scene with Tatsumi Hijikata's Butoh dancers! And then there's a super violent shocker final reel that makes you wonder if the filmmakers decided they should've gone the Joy of Torture (1968) route instead. Though unjustified quality wise, you can't quite help but to see the Beneath the Valley of the Dolls (1970) parallels. This is as good if not better than the two Norifumi Suzuki directed instalments (parts 4 and 5).
Guro Taku wrote:
29 Feb 2020, 10:43
Hot Springs Pimp Geisha (温泉ポン引女中) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] - 4/5
This may be my new favorite entry in this 7 film series but that's pending a rewatch of my previous favorite, Norifumi Suzuki's Hot Springs Soft-Shell Turtle Geisha (温泉スッポン芸者, 1972). If it ends up in second place, it'll be a very close second, though. The film follows the typical structure of Toei exploitation by starting with a bang - an explosion of TITS in this case! - and then winding down for some exposition and drama for an hour before the grand, excessive finale. It's really amazing how this film was preceded and followed by absolute borefests when it's so deliriously insane. The aforementioned excessive finale starts with an orgy the rivalling geisha house throws for wealthy elites and which is all about erotic-grotesque shenenigans in Argento-esque lighting and women having sex with dogs. When that is over and you figure that must have been it, the bad guys steer a motorboat into the "enemy" geisha's HQ and gut them with the outboard motor. Director Misao Arai previously worked the same year as assistant director to Teruo Ishii on Orgies of Edo (残酷異常虐待物語 元禄女系図, 1969) and it really, really shows.
(same film, two titles)

Found a bunch of fantastic stills for sale on yahoo auctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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