Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 2nd, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1974
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writer: Yôzô Tanaka
Cast: Naomi Tani, Nagatoshi Sakamoto, Terumi Azuma, Hidetoshi Kageyama, Tessen Nakahira, Chigusa Takayama, Tamaki Komiyama, Saburô Shoji, Bunta Tani
DVD released: November 6th, 2007
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Kimstim
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Akiko ex-husband disappears after being charged with sexual assault of minor. Shortly after his disappearance her ex-husband reemerges just long enough to kidnap Akiko who he takes to a remote cottage in the woods. Now a prisoner Akiko is forced to push the boundaries of sexual desire. Can Akiko be able to escape her ex-husband’s sadistic foreplay or will she end up enjoying her new found ecstasy?
Lately there seems to be an influx of Pinku Eigu titles being released in DVD in North America with no less than five of director Masaru Konuma’s films being released on DVD in 2007. Out of these five titles only one had ever been released on DVD in North America and that is Wife to be sacrificed. Masaru Konuma is one of the Pinku Eigu genres most gifted director’s with Wife to be sacrificed easily ranking near the top of his creative output.
The plot for Wife to be sacrificed is darker than most of Masaru Konuma’s films. The story is very simple and to the point as most of the film takes place in just one location. This Pinku Eigu is more about sexual humiliation then romanticizing the sexual encounter. One of the film’s most difficult moments to watch is when Akiko is forced by her ex-husband to hold a bag behind Kaoru another woman who is his prisoner who he has just preformed an enema on. Another in the film that really stand outs in a film filled with WTF moments is when Akiko’s ex-husband comes across a young couple who have apparently killed themselves. Being the gentlemen he is he then proceeds to have sex with the lifeless girl and when she comes back to life somehow he then takes her in as his new sex toy.
Visually Wife to be sacrificed has the look and feel of your typical Masaru Konuma film and yet there is something oddly unique about it which only further drives home the isolated locations and acts of cruelty. Very little is said as Masaru Konuma keeps things moving by focusing on the films strongest and most important elements. The acting is Wife to be sacrificed is nearly flawless and some of the best I have seen to date in any Pinku Eigu. The most powerful and unforgettable performance in the film is without a doubt Nagatoshi Sakamoto who plays Kunisada the ex-husband. Nagatoshi Sakamoto has starred in other classic Pinku Eigu films like Flower & Snake ‘74’, A Woman Called Sada Abe and Star of David: Beauty Hunting.
No discussion about Wife to be sacrificed would be complete without talking about the involvement of the beautiful Naomi Tani who plays the films lead Akiko. Naomi Tani’s portrayal of a sexual repressed estranged divorcee is genuine as she transforms by the end of the picture into the submissive sex slave her ex-husband made her into. It is interesting how he starts to lose interest in her after she has become submissive and that he most likely got his kicks when she fought him instead of giving in. By the end of the film Akiko appears to have been overtaken by the Stockholm syndrome.
Ultimately if you are a fan of submission, S&M and enema’s then you are sure to enjoy a Wife to be sacrificed and its perverse subject matter.
Wife to be sacrificed is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Kimstim released this film six years ago on DVD the image was non anamorphic with soft detail and muted colors. For this new release a brand new transfer has been created from original vault materials and it trump’s the previous release in every way with its vivid colors and razor sharp detail. Overall if you bought the last release it is time to upgrade to this one.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Japanese and English subtitles have been included. The sounds clean and clear.
The main extra for this release is a Ninety three minute documentary about director Masaru Konuma. Out of these four Masaru Konuma films being released around the same time only Wife to be sacrificed while the other three titles are making their North American debut on DVD Wife to be Sacrificed gets its best DVD release to date.