Written by: Carroll Jenkins on April 12th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2014 (Camp / Hitchike)
Director: Ainosuke Shibata (Both Films)
Cast: Miyuki Yokoyama
DVD Released: March 10th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 78 Minutes (Camp), 70 Minutes (Hitchike)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese (Both Films)
Subtitles: English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Troma Team presents two Japanese films by Ainosuke Shibata starring JAV idol (censored adult film star) Miyuki Yokoyama. Both are very violent and sadistic, centered as they are on rape and torture of women and the resulting vicious revenge perpetrated by the former victim.
Camp is a reworking of I Spit On Your Grave where two dysfunctional sisters find themselves (as a result of their bickering) in the clutches of a gang of psychotic miscreants. Fun and games follow wherein perverted pleasures are had by all the males, interspersed with flashbacks that explain the women’s motivations later rather than sooner; the revelations serving as a punch line to the sordid happenings.
It would be easy to hate this cheap, down & dirty, direct to DVD exploitation cash-in, but it is actually a bit too artistic and introspective to be dismissed as utter trash. The psycho characters overplay it a bit, but that gives the rather grim proceedings a darkly humorous vibe that is assisted by the script. It maintains a fair amount of tension and mystery as well, so in the end it must be said to be a pretty effective little flick.
Hitch-hike is a remake of the 1977 Italian thriller starring Franco Nero, Corinne Cléry, and David Hess with much of the same cast from Camp. This particular cheap, down & dirty, direct to DVD exploitation cash-in is easy to hate and to dismiss. Might as well watch it since it’s on the same DVD, I suppose.
Anamorphic transfers of both features in Japanese with subtitles. Troma release trailers are included. Camp has overly saturated colors to help with the nightmarish cartoon presentation, Hitch-hike colors are as drab and lifeless as the feature.
Camp contains all the elements that must be found in a Japanese pink film, violence, rape, nudity, bodily fluids, torture, and murder. Adding the women’s revenge angle makes this one of the more recent additions to the pinky violence genre.