Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 21st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, October 22nd, 1980
Director: Toshiharu Ikeda
Writer: Masahiro Kakefuda
Cast: Erina Miyai, Ayako Ohta, Teruo Matsuyama, Seru Rando, Nobuyuki Kawakami, Nobuko Matsumoto, Rei Aso, Yukari Taguchi, Koji Yashiro, Takashi Kanematsu, Terry Hawkins, Ken Mizoguchi
DVD released: February 11th, 2014
Approximate running time: 68 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Miki is a ballerina whose star is on the rise. One evening after a performance Miki is approached by Akiko a once prominent ballerina who has since retired. They haven’t seen each other since Akiko’s brother Genichiro accident last year. Genichiro’s tragic accident also ended his relationship with Miki. Akiko entices Miki to visit her ballerina school in hopes that she might be able to see Genichiro again. Driven by jealously Akiko has ulterior motives for inviting Miki to stay with her at the ballerina school.
Sex Hunter was directed by Toshiharu Ikeda whose is primarily known for his work in the horror genre Evil Dead Trap, Evil Dead Trap 3: Broken Love Killer and Shadow of the Wraith. Other Pinku films that Toshiharu Ikeda directed include Blue Lagoon and Angel Guts: Red Porno. The screenplay for Sex Hunter was written by Masahiro Kakefuda (Horrors of Malformed Men, Sex and Fury, Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition and Torture, School of the Holy Beast and the Sister Street Fighter trilogy).
The plot for Sex Hunter revolves around two ballerina’s Miki and Akiko. Besides both being ballerina’s they are both bound by their love for Genichiro. Akiko blames Miki for her brothers’ accident. Akiko who is desperate for attention and love from Genichiro who still only has feelings for Miki forcing Akiko too take drastic measures to gain her brother’s affection. By putting Miki through a series of humiliations Akiko hopes to obtain her goal.
The film’s opening ballet sequence with Miki is filled with beauty and innocence. Both of which are quickly washed away for the remainder of the film which depicts a much harsher reality. Visually director Toshiharu Ikeda doesn’t waist a frame as every inch of the film is meticulously designed for maximum effect. Some of the films sex scenes get pretty graphic and there are some moments that are digitally fogged to cover up the private areas.
The most memorable scene in the film is the first time Akiko fondles Miki. As the scene progresses director Toshiharu Ikeda shows the scene in the refection of a two way mirror. On the other side of the mirror is Akiko’s man servant who is sexually satisfying another woman. The use of mirror is very effective in this scene and director Toshiharu Ikeda this two way mirror motif many more times throughout the film.
Nikkatsu’s Pinku films are known for their perverse and often shocking moments. Sex Hunter doesn’t disappoint or hold back. This film includes whippings, rope bondage, orgies, lesbians, golden showers, snowballing, incest and a coke bottle enema. The subject matter is pretty excessive even for a Pinku Film. The most memorable dialog in the films occurs right after Miki is given a coke bottle enema. “We should share a coke more often”. The films climax ranks among the most memorable to ever close a Pinku film.
Impulse Pictures Sex Hunter in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in great shape, colors look vibrant, flesh tones look healthy, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a promo reel for Impulse Pictures Nikkatsu erotica collection and liner notes about the film written by Japanese film scholar Jasper Sharp. This last extra is oddly missing from the screener copy sent out for this review. Overall Sex Hunter is yet another strong audio / video presentation from Impulse Pictures.