Jan 23

Call of the Pistil (1971) aka Kashin no sasoi

It is the jarring debut of Masaru Konuma (Ikenie Fujin), one of the Nikkatsu studio’s most unconventional filmmakers. The outrageous story line deals with Masako (Keiko Maki), a journalist who is raped while researching a story. The rape causes her to develop amnesia, so her brother devises a novel way to get her memory back — he has her boyfriend rape her again. It doesn’t work, so the brother and boyfriend do more research, discovering that Masako was raped by an African-American soldier. As might be expected, they then hire a black GI to rape the poor girl yet a third time. There remains nothing else to say about this film. Those who might enjoy it will surely be searching for it already, and those who are repulsed will surely not be swayed by hearing what a well-made film it is, or how well novice director Konuma composes scenes.

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Dec 27

Terminatrix (1995) aka Mizutani Kei: Insatsu no toriko

Japanese sex kitten Kei Mizutani in a Terminator knock-off soft core porn vehicle. In the future, killer sex-droids rule the universe. Beautiful women either submit to slavery or they are the enemy. The Terminatrix comes back to the present from the future to combat the sex-bots.

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Dec 25

Tokyo Booty Nights (2004) aka Danchi no okusan dosokai ni iku

Yuji and Akiko are newlyweds. Yuji dreams of being a movie star. He lands the lead role in a Pink Eiga soft-core sex film. The director requires him to have sex with the actress. Akiko goes to her high school reunion and is raped by a drunken guy, and then hooks up with her ex-high school love. A dark and comedic look at contemporary relationships and the pitfalls of married life. The story was written by Locarno International Film Festival, Golden Leopard Prize Winner, Masahiro Kobayashi.

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Dec 12

Hell Riders in Kyoto (1973) aka Boso sekkusu-zoku

The rich punk Junya has only one thing in mind: to race with the police on his motorcycle. That makes him unpopular, not only with the police, even with his Bosozoku buddies, who slowly but surely distance themselves from him. Junya falls in love with the equally speed-hungry Hiroko.

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Dec 11

Rope Hell (1978) aka Nawa jigoku

Akiko is the heir to a yakuza clan. Hitoshi, who has been kicked out of the rival Hono Clan after attempting to seduce Akiko, kidnaps her at the behest of Hanamura. Hanamura has formed a new gang and intends to use Akiko as a hostage to take over her clan’s territory. During the torture and abuse sessions which follow, Akiko comes to enjoy the treatment and forsakes her gangland empire.

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Dec 11

Unlucky Girl (2013)

The thirty-first entry in the “Youth H” series, which produces works in a variety of genres from up-and-coming filmmakers that focus on coming-of-age and sexual themes. It represents the feature-length directorial debut of Harada Yuji, a rising talent who has won praise at film festivals at home and abroad. Sachi (Aita Yoshimi) panics after she suffers a string of misfortunes, such as being cheated on by her boyfriend and nearly getting raped by the owner of the establishment where she works part-time, which drives her to seek refuge in a remote mountain area. There she meets Fujiko (Tokui Yui), a middle-aged stripper who takes to the stage in less than prime physical condition.

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Dec 05

Dynamite Graffiti (2018) aka Suteki na dainamaito sukyandaru

When Akira Suei was little, his mother had an affair with a young man who lived next door. Akira’s mother and the young man killed themselves by using dynamite. After Akira graduated from high school, he worked at a factory before quitting his job. He then went to Tokyo and began working in the erotic magazine industry. Akira eventually became the chief editor of a famous erotic magazine in the 1980’s.

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