Written by: Carroll Jenkins on September 22nd, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1981
Director: Kichitaro Negishi
Cast: Eri Kanuma, Yuki Kazamatsuri, Yuusuke Koike, Noboru Mitani, Ayako Ohta
DVD released: September 11th, 2012
Approximate running time: 68 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A teacher gets a phone call from the police regarding a student she doesn’t recall. Turns out that she taught her as an intern in a poor mountain village. Both teacher and student carry emotional scars that drive them constantly to seek fulfillment through shallow physical relationships with men.
This a rather accomplished melodrama with good performances and an interesting story. Very much an actual movie that contains lots of sexuality and nudity, more art film that exploitation. Well directed with good pacing, a sophisticated and even philosophical script (!), some sex scenes are longer than others but all are edited to maximize the emotional impact and never run overlong. In between the dialog segments and sex scenes the film is constantly on the move between many diverse locations. Overall a sense of realism is achieved that is rather striking.
There is one flashback rape scene that is integral to the plot. But even more disturbing is the casual sex in which the young student engages, and in which we the audience participate in a voyeuristic manner. The performances are all quite engaging and often energetic, though most all the male characters are conceived and portrayed as egocentric. “Dirty Afternoon” seems to be a rather haphazard assignment as the original title was simply Female Teacher 8.
Another fine release in the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection. Not a particularly colorful film and purposefully dark in places, the presentation is true to the original source in widescreen anamorphic, Japanese mono, and carefully translated English subtitles. Pubic hair is contained via setup and direction, so no optical fogging is present. The original theatrical trailer is included.
A sexual odyssey intended more to portray and invoke emotional response (or the lack thereof) than to titillate. Despite the high percentage of nudity and simulated coupling this is a film that can be enjoyed even in mixed company.