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Momoe’s Lips 
Written by: on February 23rd, 2015

Theatrical Release Date:
Japan, 1979
Director: Katsuhiko Fujii
Cast: Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Shinzo Hotta, Kanji Kume, Kazuhiro Shima, Akira Takahashi, Jirô Tanabe, Hiroshi Unayama, Miyako Yamaguchi

DVD Released: February 10th, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 68 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: A tabloid reporter stalks an up-and-coming pop star singing sensation to get down to the sordid truth. Things look up when she is abducted right before his eyes, and he goes into hard-boiled private detective mode.

Momoe’s Lips was a misleading handle attempting to link the production with an actual pop star singer and actress; in the States they might have produced Madonna’s Lips to the same effect (with no actual connection with Madonna, of course). The actual title is Rape Shot: Momoe’s Lips which is featured on the reverse side of the DVD cover slick; some major retail outlets would never stock the DVD under the full name so we are subject to capitalistic censorship and the PC (‘political correctness’) subjugation squads win again.

This is a light-hearted warm comedic outing from the director of Working Girl: 9 to 5. Even though it contains abduction, rape, and brutal violence, it’s all in good fun. The tabloid reporter is ruthless and unconscionable in the mold of ‘Ace In The Hole’ but here he’s played mostly for laughs and his self-centered misdeeds propel the plot forward. He even has sex with a prostitute who gives him a freebie because his nose is so magnificent (reportedly his other prominent protuberance is even more so).

The DVD:

The Impulse Nikkatsu Collection is always presented from superior elements with newly translated English subtitles. The subtitled theatrical trailer is included, as are liner notes by Jasper Sharp.

Another solid if not outstanding entry in the Nikkatsu Roman Pink Collection, more crime thriller than anything else though it seldom takes itself seriously. So kick back and have fun with this one and tell them Philip Marlowe sent you.

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