Written by: Carroll Jenkins on May 12th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1982
Director: Junichi Suzuki
Writer: Hiroshi Saitô
Cast: Yuki Kazamatsuri, Kyoko Ito, Yôko Azusa, Hajime Ishigami
DVD released: May 7th, 2013
Approximate running time: 66 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A high school student is fingered for a rape that was actually consensual (though most likely statutory). Meanwhile his homeroom teacher has a torrid affair with a married man.
Yuki Kazamatsuri (Kill Bill Vol. 2) returns for an additional entry in the unconnected Female Teacher series (Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon). This is another melodramatic treatise on female liberation through rape with the stellar quality of all the performances making this a memorable experience. Not quite up to the level of Dirty Afternoon, but there are some compellingly bizarre scenes involving the delinquent high school student and his adventures into the sleazy underbelly of Tokyo.
The film plays out very much like Splendor In The Grass: teenage lovers break apart due to a rape scandal (Bud’s sister), Warren Beatty goes away and experiences some rather lifer altering situations. So does Natalie Wood, though here the focus is on the female teacher rather than the girlfriend (who also attempts suicide).
Splendor In The Grass was a sordid sexual drama that was rather explicit for Hollywood product of the time, and Female Teacher Hunting is ditto for Nikkatsu. Expect to find lots of digital fogging here, but the sexual scenes are realistic and emotional and integral to the plot. Even the use of a prophylactic becomes a plot device, and so does (of course) rape. There is an abundance of physical and emotional violence here, apparently the human spirit can only achieve growth through pain.
A consistent and welcome widescreen presentation by Impulse with removable English subtitles. The trailer is included but should be avoided until after the feature due to considerable spoilers.