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S&M Hunter 
Written by: on February 26th, 2011

Theatrical Release Date:
Japan, 1986
Director: Shûji Kataoka
Writers: Shûji Kataoka, Yôki Haruno
Cast: Shirô Shimomoto, Hiromi Saotome, Yutaka Ikejima, Ayu Kiyokawa, Bunmei Tobayama, Naomi Sugishita, Akira Fukuda, Mie Mogami, Utako Sarashina

DVD released: January 14th, 2009
Approximate running time: 61 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English – Non-removable
DVD Release: Pink Eiga
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $21.99

Synopsis: The S&M Hunter generously bestows his pleasures upon masochists that are truly in need of his services. This involves his expert ropemanship, and the spouting of a philosophy of sadism. He’s also a keen observer and sleuth, and deduces that the sadist who enters ‘The Pleasure Dungeon’ (an S&M brothel) isn’t, and that his gay lover has been kidnapped by all female gang the Bombers and subjected to heinous heterosexual humping. He accepts the task to rescue the poor boy, and to give the gang members what they obviously need so bad – the discipline and pleasures of the rope.

Everything here is decidedly cartoonish and tongue in cheek, and the movie moves along when it isn’t bogged down by the sex scenes. The most memorable segment features incredible spider web ropework which tightens as ropes are cut, making it more lethal than a Chinese finger trap. Mostly this is a pinku comedy with some thought provoking misogynistic philosophical rants, but is mostly devoid of any true perversity (or rationale). Except that the fundamental message seems to be that homosexual love is the only meaningful force in the universe, but that’s likely just another aspect of the big put on that S&M Hunter pulls over on the audience.

The DVD:

Pretty good widescreen presentation, though it is non-anamorphic and interlaced. English subtitles are hardcoded, and cultural liberties have been taken with the translation – I doubt they originally proclaimed that Hulk Hogan was a pussy. The soundtrack sounds rather western and ranges from good to mediocre (with some Davie Allan and the Arrows influence).

This is a pleasant and humorous pinku comedy. Anyone expecting a serious S&M drama must look elsewhere, such as Flower and Snake ’74 or Star Of David: Hunting For Beautiful Women.

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