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Written by: on March 25th, 2012

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1983
Director: Hidehiro Ito
Writer: Hidehiro Ito
Starring: Ryoko Watanabe, Serina Nishikawa, Mizuho Nakagawa

DVD released: April 10th, 2012
Approximate running time: 70 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: A pampered doctor’s wife decides to take a walk on the wild side. She becomes a prostitute as a hobby, but the ‘Madame Machiko Society’ seems to cater specifically to sadistic clients.

The major thematic difference between this and any number of Dan Oniroku sourced bondage epics such as Flower & Snake ’74 or Beautiful Teacher in Torture Hell is that the lead character is a willing participant in the whipping, bondage, humiliation, and abuse. Unlike the lead character in Viva who undergoes a similar metamorphosis from housewife to prostitute, Ami’s husband is kind and loving and gives her no overt reason to resort to such degradation. She does it purely for the thrill of it all.

And that’s about all to expect from this film, the vicarious thrill of watching Ryoko Watanabe as she goes from one sequence of abuse to the next. Her very first john practially rapes her, which leads to the age old question – can you rape a hooker? Her first ‘partner’ at Madame Machiko’s not only throws her around like a sack of potatoes – he actually [accidentally] drops her on her head! And when she hooks up with the doctor friend of her husband, things really begin to degenerate.

The DVD:

A nice anamorphic presentation with removable English subtitles. Colors are vivid which is important as much of the action takes place in the ‘red room’. Though the opening footage looks like it was shot with a camcorder, details are generally sharp. You can even see the breast enhancement scars in Ryoko’s armpit. A folder contains original poster art and liner notes by Jasper Sharp.

By the eighties Japanese S&M and Pinku Eigu in general had lost the artistry and style that could be found in earlier titles such as Tattooed Flower Vase. So for the uninitiated that’s what I would do – search out the earlier titles. Then again, there’s always a diamond in the rough, such as Flower and Snake 4: White Uniform Rope Slave.

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