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Nurse Diary: Wicked Finger 
Written by: on July 19th, 2013

Theatrical Release Date:
Japan, 1979
Director: Shinichi Shiratori
Writer: Rokuro Kumagai
Cast: Etsuko Hara, Asami Ogawa, Hiroshi Unayama

DVD released: July 9th, 2013
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 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: A young nurse has been having an adulterous affair with an older doctor with whom she has a father fixation. She moves out of the dorm into her own apartment to hide the secret, but all that does is bring it out into the open. Complications ensue.

Nothing here is particularly shocking these days to the point that this could be a huge hit on the Lifetime channel with a bit of judicial editing. A slick female-centric soap opera of a woman’s search for meaning and romance, the only assaults in this one are woman to woman and husband to wife; neither of which technically constitute rape. Well, the sex with an unconscious woman bit would have to go, but that scene is part of the anything goes burlesque humor rather than the emotional excess.

There are many zany comedy antics which include the peeper neighbor getting his member caught in a vacuum cleaner to the point of hospitalization, but that doesn’t derail the turgid, meaningless and ultimately unsatisfying relationships which are each and everyone predestined to failure. That’s not exactly a spoiler because this is just that kind of a movie.

The DVD:

Another winner from Impulse, this one is often rather drab and muted but that suits the dreary, uninteresting, cardboard characters well, and it’s a source issue not a production flaw. Subtitles are up to usual high standards for the series. The trailer is short and rather substandard but if you like it you’ll love the movie.

Impulse is certainly presenting a cross-section of the Nikkatsu product and this slight programmer is rather similar in basic plot to the far superior companion release Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9. Not bad but not worth writing in your diary about.

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