Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 27th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1994
Director: Hisayasu Sato
Cast: Ryumei Homura, Satomi Shinozaki, Kiyomi Ito, Takeshi Ito, Dai Hiramtsu
DVD released: July 25th, 2006
Approximate running time: 62 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Artsmagic
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Takashi is a loner who recently arrived in Tokyo. He has become obsessed with following strangers around. He is hired to follow a Doctor around when one of her colleagues who also happens to be her husband suspects she is losing grip on reality. The more Takashi watches the beautiful doctor the more fixated he becomes with her. One day his cover is blown when she catches him following her. The two quickly start an affair that will ultimately end badly for all involved.
All the elements one would expect in a pink film are cleverly incorporated into director Hisayasu Sato’s unique envisioning of vampires. The camera lens like the films lead character Takashi leers at the women who are captured in its view. The story is well rounded and the sex takes a back set in this one. The sex scenes are all fantastic and highly erotic in their execution. The film covers a lot of ground in it mere sixty two minute running time.
The film also has deals with a serious social issue HIV with the films lead character Takashi being infected with the deadly disease. Takashi and the woman he is following literally deteriorate before our very eyes as the film progresses and they fall deeper into the decadent lifestyle they have immersed themselves in. There is something natural about the performances in the film that I found refreshing since sometimes some actors/actress’s tend to over perform. One thing I do wish the director would have fleshed out more was his vision of what a vampire was. Overall the plot is compelling and the photography is exquisite.
Artsmagic presents Love – Zero + Infinity in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The source material used is in great shape and there are is no noticeable print damage. Colors look faithfully reproduced and black levels look strong. One minor complaint is that the image does look heavily filtered and there is some noticeable edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option the films original Japanese language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. Overall while this audio track is more then satisfactory it will not blow you away since its range is far from dynamic even for a stereo mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include bios for Hisayasu Sato, Kiyomi Ito and Takeshi Ito. Other extras include a thirty minute interview with Hisayasu Sato who discusses connecting with his audience, the use of alternate titles for his various films, working with new actors/actress’s and working of the film Love – Zero + Infinity. The final extra for this release comes in the form of an audio commentary track with Midnight Eye’s Jasper Sharp. Anyone who has heard his audio commentaries for the Angel Guts series known’s that they are in for a fact filled journey that feels a tad too sterile at times since none of Sharp’s comments are scene specific.
Love – Zero + Infinity is one of the best Japanese pink film’s to get released in region 1 to date and Artsmagic’s DVD is a must purchase if you are fan of these types of films.