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Office Love – Behind Closed Doors 
Written by: on June 2nd, 2014

Theatrical Release Date:
Japan, 1985
Director: Yoshio Uwagaki
Writer: Toshimichi Saeki
Cast: Rei Akasaka, Kurumi J├┤genji, Junpei Kusami, Shigeki Ishii

DVD Released: June 3rd, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 65 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: A young woman gives up her virginity to her lover and becomes pregnant and her lover skips town. His father is president of a large travel agency and gives her a settlement to help support her daughter and a job as a secretary. This was all agreed to by the son. An extra condition gives Reiko a private room where she is visited one night a week for sex (with a two hour time limit) by the president, unknown to the son. She also sees the senior director on another night of the week, unknown to the president. The president’s son (the ex-lover) is in an arranged marriage with one of his father’s business partners. He wants one night a week, as well. Then a sensitive young office worker becomes attracted to her and proposes marriage. Meanwhile, who’s minding the little girl?

This is a full-blown soap opera that would seem ideal for the Lifetime channel but would run rather short once all the sex scenes were removed. There are about five all told which are all integral to the story in and of themselves, though many seem over long and several degenerate into decidedly kinky situations which could be considered gratuitous. The sex is presented a mere hair’s breadth away from hard core with lots of fogging and/or digital mosaics. Part of the viewing experience is to determine the ‘hero’ of the piece; that’s rather difficult since there is no humor, no warmth, no giving or sharing, and consequently no likeable characters.

Rei Akasaka is suitably desirable and believable as the bad girl turned professional mistress. All of her various companions play their roles well, though it’s hard to detect any extraordinary acting performances when everyone is purposely devoid of any emotion or compassion.

The DVD:

Another excellent presentation from Impulse from a fine source with newly translated subtitles and the original theatrical trailer.

SPOILER ALERT: The hero of the piece is, of course, Reiko. She is firmly in control of her life and eventually maneuvers everyone precisely where she wants by giving them exactly what they think they want – but on her terms. As the story wraps she gives a grin of satisfaction that looks more than a little bit evil. Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name.

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