May 30

Ninjaken: The Naked Sword (2006) aka Yōen Kunoichi Den: Murasame Hen

Kunoichi are the fearsome female assassins trained in disguise, poisons, and close combat. Masquerading as anything from a prostitute to a fortune teller to get close to their victims, these ninja are even deadlier than their male counterparts… for belo

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May 27

Despite All That (1999) aka Gushonure hitozuma kyôshi – Seifuku de idaite

Naoko, female art teacher suffering from bipolar disorder spends her time at home compulsively chopping cabbage. She occasionally then begins cutting herself, causing her husband, Yoshio, to intervene. Yoshio attempts to help Naoko by dressing as a woman, “Yoshiko”, in whom Naoko can confide. Yoshio has a low sex drive, and hopes to stimulate his interest by having Naoko dress as a school girl. When so attired, shopping for appropriately adolescent socks, Naoko meets Kimiko, one of her female students. Kimiko’s parents have abandoned her, and she stays with a strange man named Tokio. Naoko suggests that Kimiko come to live with her. At their home, Kimiko proceeds to seduce both Naoko and her husband. During a sex session with Yoshio, she binds him and paints obscenities onto his body.

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May 10

White Lily (2016) aka Howaito Riri

Nikkatsu has rebooted the Roman porno label and recommenced production of new works reviving its function as a sandbox for playful experimentation with the aim of attaing new forms of cinematic expression. Hideo Nakata entered Nikkatsu as an assistant director and experienced several on-location shoots for Roman porno soft-core series, but this film is the first Roman porno title directed by Nakata himself. He challenges a lesbian world taking over from the old title spirits, with his respect for his master, director Masaru konuma.

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Apr 17

Demon’s Room (1982) aka Akuma no heya

Yoshiko Sejima (Reiko Nakamura) gets a call from a man claiming to be from her husband’s company. He tells her that he will come to pick her up on behalf of her husband. It turns out that he’s a kidnapper and takes Yoshiko to a hotel, and proceeds to rape her. This man Fuji Nakatogawa (Johnny Okura) calls Yoshiko’s husband but doesn’t request a ransom. He’s just bent on humiliating Yoshiko to submission to be his sex slave.

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