Written by: Carroll Jenkins on December 11th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1981
Director: Kôyû Ohara
Writer: Kazuhiko Ban
Cast: Junko Asahina, Yumi Hayakawa, Kazuhiko Ishida, Mari Kishida
DVD released: December 11th, 2012
Approximate running time: 66 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 young woman collects male protuberance ink blots from each of her conquests with the goal of reaching 100 before settling down to just one man.
Not so much erotic as raunchy, this is quite possibly the best sex comedy title released to date in the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection. It is quite briskly paced with emphasis on situations, weirdness, and sleaze. The plot is merely a structure on which to hang some very memorable adventures and escapades. There’s not much nudity (comparatively speaking) and only a couple of pixilated scenes (using HUGE mosaic). It’s all part of the comedy which explore just about every conceivable kink and fetish without being obscene about it.
I cannot help it, I am going to call it the ‘Animal House’ of pinku cinema. No fraternity, that’s not the point. It’s the way characters are endearing even when clearing exhibiting ‘wrong behavior’. The universe it creates is believable unto itself, and the characters are hilarious without mugging or slapstick. There’s no pointless meandering because just enough dramatic motivation is induced to give it all a little cohesion without getting smarmy. It all flows quite organically and delivers quite a bang for the buck. [Edit: emphasis on ‘organ’ and ‘bang’, and should be yen].
All this is rather unexpected from Koyu Ohara, the director of such rather harsh excursions as True Story of Woman In Jail: Sex Hell, True Story Of A Woman In Jail: Continues, and Sins of Sister Lucia. Actually, White Rose Campus: Then Everybody Gets Raped does share some of the sleazy / ironic / humorous ambiance found here, but this is decidedly the superior effort and more flexible premise.
Another winner from Impulse pictures in 2:35 anamorphic Japanese 2.0 mono. Excellent removable English subtitles are quite hilarious, and includes liner notes from historian Jasper Sharp.
‘I Love It From Behind’ doesn’t really suit as a title, perhaps ‘Getting It All Behind’ would be more astute and works on several levels. At any rate this flick delivers an epic experience not soon to be forgotten. It delves into the unexpected at times, but is always quite interesting, engaging, exuberant – and funny.