Written by: Carroll Jenkins on August 16th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1977
Director: Kurahara Koretsuge
Cast: Miyai Erina, Yamashina Yuri, Esumi Hideaki, Oda Toshihiko
DVD released: August 18th, 2015
Approximate running time: 71 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: 22 year old Ryoko transfers to a new college and looks up her old friend Rumiko. The former is a 22 year old virgin still fixated on her lost boyfriend while the latter is having an affair with a married middle-aged man. Another friend, Chiaki, is a giggling nympho who does it with anyone anywhere.
This latest release, spine number 24 in the Nikkatsu erotic films collection is called a Roman Porno (‘Romantic Porno’) in the theatrical trailer and there are quite a few romantic notions involved, but the three female leads are all hopelessly, even psychotically, frustrated in love. Despite the soap opera trappings, this one has some seriously strange twists and turns that make it a unique entry in the series. Despite director Koretsugu Kurahara’s next film Eros School: Feels So Good which is a comedy about a serial rapist and despite the alternate title on the reversible cover slick – Rape Me: Sexual Assault at a Hotel, there is really only one rape, and that is surely the minimal requirement for any Nikkatsu release of the period.
The cinemascope ratio of 2:35 is well filmed and there are many striking images but the color is always drab with no bright colors even outdoors. The men in the sex scenes are almost always fully clothed (I hope they had buttons instead of zippers on their trousers) which is another indication that this is a psychological and sexual odyssey of the leading ladies – and all men are pigs.
Yet another quality release in the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection, presented in anamorphic widescreen, Japanese mono soundtrack, and removable English subtitles. The subtitled theatrical release is included, and an insert with original poster art and historical background from Jasper Sharp. There is no optical fogging with this title.
This is a darkly humorous comedy with an overall bleak view of the war between the sexes. The resulting product is a very complex and compelling filmic experience that contains many original and quirky touches that make this release a ‘must have’. And then there’s the segment with the beer bottle.