Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 21st, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1967
Director: Mamoru Watanabe
Cast: Naomi Tani, Noriko Tatsumi, Masayoshi Nogami, Mari Iwai
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono Japanese
Subtitles: English (burnt in)
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Recently widowed Mitsuko is forced into being a sex slave for a business man named Mr. Kito who loaned her husband money. The situation is even further complicated Mr. Kito’s son Kazuhiko falls in love with Mitsuko. Will Mitsuko be able to find happiness with Kazuhiko or is doomed to remain Mr. Kito’s mistress?
Director Mamoru Watanabe became one of the prominent directors to directing Pink Films in the 1960’s. Over the last five decades he has directed hundreds of Pink films. Despite directing hundreds of films over several decades very little is known about Mamoru Watanabe and his films. Slave Window features three of Pink cinema first wave (the 1960’s) biggest stars Naomi Tani, Mari Iwai and Noriko Tatsumi one of the most gifted actresses to ever grace a Pink film.
The plot for Slave Window revolves around a widow who becomes romantically entangled with a father and his son. The widow also shows some TLC for her newly hired maid including several scenes where they wash each other’s bodies. The plot is pure melodrama that injects just the right amount of flesh and sex scenes. The sex scenes are very effective as they capture the mood of the moment instead of romanticizing the sexual encounters. The most awkward sex scenes are the ones which involve the Widow and Mr. Kito the ruthless businessman.
The films standout performance is Noriko Tatsumi as Mitsuko the Widow. The character of Mitsuko is unlike most one would come across in Pink cinema as she is not a promiscuous woman and her promiscuity is brought about after she is raped. Noriko Tatsumi does a superb job conveying Mitsuko’s downward spiral from the innocence she now lost. The other memorable performance comes from Naomi Tami who would go onto become one of Nikkatsu Roman Porno’s most popular actresses. The acting in Slave Window is a notch above most Pink films.
Ultimately Slave Window is a solid example of classic Pink cinema of the 1960’s.
Slave Window is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The transfer is sourced from a 35mm that looks detailed and retains solid black levels throughout. There is noticeable print damage which varies in degree throughout the presentation. Besides some print damage and instances where the image flickers the transfer looks good.
This release comes with one audio option the film’s original Japanese language mix presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Burnt in English subtitles have been included that are easy to follow and understand. Outside of some minor instances of hiss and distortion the audio is more than adequate.
Extra content is limited a to a very brief promo gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Cinema Epoch rescue another rare pink film from Japan from obscurity and give it its long overdue DVD debut.