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Dependence/ふしだらな女 真昼に濡れる

Fushidara na onna mahiru ni nureru, 2006 Chasing one’s dream, finding love under extraordinary circumstances or gaining affirmation throughout adversity, are subjects which have long been part of the cinema going experience, as we often find them serving as crutches … Continue reading

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High Noon Ripper/真昼の切り裂き魔

Mahiru no Kirisakima, 1984 Since making his directorial debut in 1981, having graduated from an assistant position under the tutelage of prolific pink film masters such as Mamoru Watanabe and Shinya Yamamoto, Yojiro Takita had spent the better part of … Continue reading

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Naked Desire/オナニーシスター たぎる肉壺

Onanie Sister Tagiru Nikutsubo, 2015 With Japan continuing to find itself troubled by increasingly low fertility rates and high life expectancies, its government has scrambled over the years for solutions to its current population crisis.  As recently as 2014, it … Continue reading

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Sweet Home/スウィートホーム

Suito Homu, 1989 Prior to Kiyoshi Kurosawa achieving international recognition with 1997’s Cure, it’s important to note the transitional period in his career, which saw him go from directing Pink Eiga features during the early part of the 80s, to … Continue reading

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Evil Spirits of Japan/日本の悪霊

Nippon no Akuryo, 1970 With a financially burdened Kazuo Kuroki, having finally found a home of sorts with the Art Theatre Guild, Evil Spirits of Japan [Nippon no Akuryo, lit. ‘Demon Spirits of Japan’] marked his directorial debut with the … Continue reading

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A Man Vanishes/人間蒸発

Ningen Jōhatsu, 1967 To understand the significance of Shohei Imamura’s A Man Vanishes [Ningen Jōhatsu, 1967], one must first have an understanding of the reason behind its genesis.  Perhaps the most consistently alarming aspect of Japanese society today – and … Continue reading

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Milk the Maid/ 大奶女佣

Mutchiri kasei-fu: Sui-tsuki go hôshi, 2013 Directed by the award-winning Mototsugu Watanabe (Sexy Battle Girls, Whore Angels, Sexy S.W.A.T. Team, Ogenki Clinic), Milk the Maid stars AV idol Tia Bejean as Milk – a young lady who’s quickly adopted into … Continue reading

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Hausu/ハウス

Hausu, 1977 Nobuhiko Obayashi might not be one of the most readily recognised names outside of Japan; his films have rarely enjoyed international fame past festival screenings, but he’s a man who early on in his career helped to define … Continue reading

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Hana & Alice/花とアリス

Hana to Arisu, 2004 Over the past few years director Shunji Iwai has attained quite a following, amidst several of his short stories and four feature length films (discounting the recent Kon Ichikawa Story). Following on from Love Letter, Swallowtail … Continue reading

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Blind Love/わいせつステージ 何度もつっこんで

Waisetsu steeji nando mo tsukkonde, 2005 It’s a bit of shame that Daisuke Goto hasn’t gone on to greater mainstream success. For the past twenty years he’s been dabbling in and out of the pink film scene; he briefly interrupted … Continue reading

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