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Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9 
Written by: on July 19th, 2013


Theatrical Release Date:
Japan, 1982
Director: Katsuhiko Fujii
Writer: Shigeko Satô
Cast: Junko Asahina, Nami Misaki, Yuki Yoshizawa

DVD released: July 9th, 2013
Approximate running time: 66 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95


Plot synopsis just don’t do justice to the classic screwball comedies and would be equally irrelevant here. Suffice to say that this is one of the best comedic farce releases from the Nikkatsu erotic films collection (to date) with excellent script, direction, and performances. It’s quite funny without being broad or campy; misogynistic without being insulting; and explicit without being subject to digital fogging.

That said, there are elements that may be enough to send many scurrying for shelter, be it the Village People-ish disco, the Caballero-ish moans of pleasure, or the women-like-to-be-raped scenarios. The music is horrible but mostly severely muted, the vocalizations of physical pleasure add to the comedy (as long as your neighbors don’t complain), and the rape aspect is relatively minor for Japanese exploitation of the period.

The primary cast consists of three women and one male with most of these experiencing severe mid-life crisis of a carnal sort. All three females are quite charismatic and naturally endowed, though some scenes require hiding the tummy as much as the bush. The sex scenes are plentiful and well edited so they never wear out their welcome. A threesome lesbian encounter gets cut short when the girls decide they don’t really swing that way. That sort of dry humor is prevalent throughout.

The DVD:

Another great release from the Impulse Pictures Nikkatsu line. Newly translated subtitles are both witty and funny. The trailer is provided which contains some great iconic shots along with numerous spoilers.

For this type of film you just have to go along for the ride, and it’s more exciting the first time around if you’re not exactly certain where you’re headed. A feature that consistently works hard to deliver everything it should from start to finish (5 to 9) with never a dull moment, it easily merits repeat viewings. Job performance: Commendable.

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