Jun 20

My Sex Report: Intensities (1976) a.K.a Watashi no sex-hakusho

MySexReportIntensitiesOne of Japanese director Chusei Sone’s better pinku eiga films of the period, this softcore melodrama features talk-show hostess Maria Mitsui as Akemi, a laboratory technician who spends her evenings spying on her gangster neighbor (Nobutaka Masutomi) as he makes love to his stripper girlfriend (Meika Seri). The objects of Akemi’s voyeuristic attentions learn of her interests and suggest that she’d make a fine prostitute. Not surprisingly, Akemi agrees and channels her interests into this more lucrative occupation. Despite the silly plot, this well-made Nikkatsu film was a bit of a comeback for Sone, who had slipped from his reputation as the studio’s most reliable director with a series of remarkably dull efforts in the mid-’70s. This one manages to be entertaining, and was a sign of even better films to come, as Sone entered the most creative period of his career with superior efforts like Tenshi No Harawata Akai Kyoshitsu and Akai Boko.
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Jun 14

Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974) aka Zeroka no onna: Akai wappa

sz8kd9kyzykwAgent Zero is a cop that uses her own methods for dealing with criminals. After she unlawfully kills a rapist in a violent fashion, she is sent to prison and stripped of her badge. But very soon after, a rich politician’s daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless gang. Agent Zero is let out of prison with the mission of going undercover to find the politician’s daughter and return her to safety. Using her deadly red handcuffs, she disposes of the criminals one by one.
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Jun 08

Moods of Love (1977) aka Feng hua xue yue

aa113838g7cefe33eb6dd&690How far would you go for love? Or lust? These are the questions posed in this sinfully entertaining Sung Dynasty period effort. Split into two tales, the first one involves a devilish magistrate who tries to tempt a Buddhist monk out of his self-professed celibate control by hiring a pretty prostitute. The second story is the tragic tale of an exploited young girl, the queen of femme fatale Shaw Yin-yin, who is forced to work in an unscrupulous couple’s brothel.
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