Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 10th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 2003
Director: Mitsuru Meike
Cast: Shinji Kubo, Emi Kuroda, Yukijiro Hotaru, Takeshi Ito
DVD released: June 5th, 2007
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Palm Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: One day a call girl named Sachiko Hanai is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when a Korean undercover agent accidentally shoots her in the forehead. Luckily the bullet doesn’t kill despite being lodge in her brain. The bullet that is now lodged in her brain increases her ability to learn and gain knowledge as well as increases her sex drive. During the shootout she acquires a cloned finger that if in the wrong hands could be used to trigger the end of the world.
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is a modern day take on Pink film genre that perfectly mixes sexual and social themes. Mitsuru Meike does a solid job setting up shots as his camera leers luridly at the films lead character Sachiko Hanai who is seductively played by actress Emi Kuroda. The film opens with bang as Sachiko seduces a young man with her ample assets. This scene is sets the tone for the rest of the film.
The films plot is really bizarre even by Pink film standards. The first two acts are the strongest part of the film with the third act feeling padded as the film all but loses its steam by the finale. At ninety minutes the film does run a tad long and if it was about fifteen to twenty minutes shorter the film would benefit pace and structurally.
The lead character Sachiko after gaining her new powers via a bullet in the head has hallucinations where she imagines that she sees and talks to President George Bush. These scenes are the weakest part of the film and they lack the social satire they where intended for by ending up more laughable bad dialog. A few of the sex scenes end of mammoth staged money shots in which Sachiko is virtually drowning in her lovers ecstasy. One other quirk about the Sachiko character is how she gets hornier when she is around intellectual thinkers.
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai has plenty of sleazy sex acts and carnage. On these levels it succeeds as a Pink film. On the other hand it fails miserably with its social commentary/satire which comes off as to heavy handed and forced feed. Ultimately The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is an uneven film that has a few standout moments.
For this review I was sent an advance screener for the final product that will be available on June 5th, 2007. So I will not be commenting on the audio/video portion of this title since it is a screener copy and this copy did not come with any extras expect the films original trailer.
The extras that are tentatively slated to be part of the final release are Horny Home Tutor: Teacher’s Love Juice – Original Japanese Pink Film, The Adventure Of Sachiko Hanai – Short Film, What Is Pink Film?, Original Japanese Trailer, US Theatrical Trailer and Palm Preview Trailers.
For more information about The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai visit Palm Pictures here.