Oct 23

Excitement Class: Love Techniques (1972) a.Ka Kanno kyoshitsu: ai no technique

Tormented by his first sexual stirrings, the teenager Isao dreams every night of his gym teacher Ikuko. He finally opens her heart but she rejects his advances. Frustrated, Isao invents all sorts of stratagies to disgust Ikuko´s fiance, a professor of chemistry in the same school. As his plan fails, he plans a radical solution, and the results turns out to be…

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Oct 21

Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) aka Jimunopedi ni midareru

Commissioned by Japan’s Nikkatsu Studio to commemorate the 45th anniversary of its ‘roman porno’ period, the piece focuses on the has-been director who gets a variety of loose women of different means and ages to share a bed with him in order to make him feel better about himself. At the same time, his lead actress has walked out and his latest means of income is in jeopardy.

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Oct 19

Raging Hell Fires (1977) aka Yumeno Kyusaku no shoujo jigoku

Utae and Aiko attend an all-girl private school where the devoutly religious principal seems to be raping some of the students, including Utae. Aiko is really the principal’s daughter, and was horribly abused by him when she was a child. Or so the audience is led to believe. Eventually, Utae and Aiko kidnap the lecher and viciously torture him in scenes so diabolically Sadean that they could only have come from the pen of Kyusaku Yumeno, author of the well-regarded DOGRA MAGRA.

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Oct 19

Hellcage: Inmate 611 Part 2 (2007) aka Joshû 611: onna-tachi no gyakushû

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. Once you’re inside Japan’s most notorious women’s prison, the only way to get out is to play the system by its own twisted rules. Crooked guards? Bribe them. Corrupt administrators? Blackmail. And when all else fails, find an outside ally with inside connections to stage an escape. But when conflicting schemes overlap and collide, everything goes up in flames and it’s the inmates who will burn. One third of the way into her sentence for the possession of illegal drugs, Reika, prisoner number 48, discovers that she’s up for parole. Better yet, she’s gathered enough dirty laundry on the warden and his cronies that she might be able to walk free, but only as long as nothing upsets the delicate status quo. Too bad that a former lover is setting up a jailbreak at the same time, and now the ultimate fate of Reika, Saya and the other inmates hangs on the outcome.

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Oct 16

The Wicked Reporter (1993) aka Gokudô kisha

More than his indie debut Skinless Night, this was the film that launched Mochizuki on his distinctive trajectory through the crime and yakuza genres. Matsuzaki is a racing tipster for a sports paper, a lowlife who spends half his time drunk, hangs out with yakuza and other riff-raff and complicates his sex life by succumbing to advances from his girlfriend’s sister. As played by Okuda, he’s also a figure of considerable hangdog charm. Less a plot-based movie than a guide to the several forms of high stakes gambling in Japan, this centres on his attempt to help a friend swindled in a bent mahjong game.

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