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Post by roujin » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:52 am

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Survey Map of a Paradise Lost Hisasayu Sato, 1988

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Ecstasy of the Angels Koji Wakamatsu, 1972

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Assault! Jack the Ripper Yasuharu Hasebe, 1976

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Abnormal Family Masayuki Suo, 1984

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Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old Prostitute Masao Adachi, 1971

The pink film, or "eroduction" as it was first called, is a cinematic genre without exact equivalent in the West. Though called pornography, the terms "erotica," "soft porn" and "sexploitation" have been suggested as more appropriate, although none of these precisely matches the pink film genre. Due to the nature of Japanese censorship laws, the display of genitals, and even pubic hair, were long-held taboos in the genre. This restriction forced Japanese filmmakers to develop sometimes elaborate means of avoiding showing the "working parts", as Richie puts it. In order to work around this censorship, most Japanese directors positioned props—lamps, candles, bottles, etc.—at strategic locations to block the banned body parts. When this was not done, the most common alternative techniques are digital scrambling, covering the prohibited area with a black box or a fuzzy white spot, known as "fogging".

Some have claimed that it is this censorship which gives the Japanese erotic cinema its particular style. Donald Richie says, "American pornography is kept forever on its elemental level because, showing all, it need do nothing else; Japanese eroductions have to do something else since they cannot show all. The stultified impulse has created some extraordinary works of art, a few films among them." Writing in 1972, at the commencement of the Second Wave of pink film, he qualifies his statement with, "None of these, however, are found among eroductions." Contrasting the pink film with Western pornographic films, Pia Harritz says, "What really stands out is the ability of pinku eiga to engage the spectator in more than just scenes with close-ups of genitals and finally the complexity in the representation of gender and the human mind."

Richie and Harritz both enumerate the fundamental elements of the pink film formula as:

The film must have a required minimum quota of sex scenes
The film must be approximately one hour in duration
It must be filmed on 16 mm or 35 mm film within one week
The film must be made on a very limited budget

This thread will serve the purpose of acting like a repository for anything pink film related, whether it be Roman Porno or pinky violence or anything like that.
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Go Go Second Time Virgin (Koji Wakamatsu, 1969)

I thought this would be pretty trashy with moments of startling CINEMA and whatever. But I was wrong. It's mostly just CINEMA with some random silly stuff thrown in. Basically, girl gets raped up on a rooftop while the characteristically silent and passive boy watches. Then they strike a friendship while she begs him to kill her, she gets raped again, etc. Wakamatsu's use of music is outstanding (or maybe it's that the songs are really awesome?) and also helps to mask some pretty bad acting (and bad line readings) sometimes. His startling use of color is also great. But I think what I like about best about the film is sort of the doomed lovers aspect of it and a feeling that all these people are entirely fucked up and THEY ALL DESERVE TO DIE. Well, someone one thinks so, at least. It's totally pulpy and pinky stuff but it's elevated by the execution. That's all I ask.

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Groper Train: Search for the Black Pearl Yojiro Takita, 1984

Apparently, this is one in a long list of films in the Groper Train series. This series is all about an old coot detective who solves crimes by groping woman in the train. In this particular episode, a legendary pearl has gone missing, and the only clue as to its whereabouts is a "pussy print" that an old man hung up on his wall. Now the old detective goes on the train to try and find a match of said "pussy print." Yeah, it's a totally ridiculous and wacky premise, which is why I watched it. There's also a variation of the locked room mystery, which I'm pretty sure drove god knows how many Detective Conan episodes, so that was fun. But the wackiness only takes you so far. The rest is just watching the various main characters hump at each other in various kinky ways. Sometimes you think a character won't get in on the shenanigans, but then the film throws you a curveball and will put them in a sex scene anyway. I didn't think I would ever see the imagined insides of a vagina in a movie (ever) though. So that's something.

Editor's Note: Yojiro Takita went on to make the Academy Award-winning film Departures.

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The Woman With Red Hair Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1979

Gotta love a film that starts off with the two main character raping a teenage girl (taking turns!). Also gotta love a film where said teenage girl falls in love with the man who took her virginity and they form a relationship that towards its conclusion is actually optimistic about the outcome of it all. So, yeah, that happens. The main story is about one of the construction workers and a hitchhiker he picks up. She's the titular woman. She's got baggage (she ran away from her home, her kids and her husband, she might also be a former drug addict or something). But he doesn't care about that. He only cares about doing it with her. And do it he does. Plenty of times. But although it fulfills the whole sexy times obligation, it's also acts as the film's true subject. The film is all about the cramped space of their apartment, how they're always having sex with a bunch of crap around them, dirty dishes, under the kotatsu mat (which I will own one day!), on top of their dirty clothes, whatever. It's a film that oddly enough reminded me of Last Tango in Paris, just two people losing themselves in it all. Put your legs up, lots of blowjobs, tampons, etc, etc, etc. An impressive film. Kumashiro seems like an interesting man.

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Violated Angels Koji Wakamatsu, 1967

Now, this one's a particularly nasty piece of work, but also an incredibly effective one. The film starts off with a La Jetee-ish assortment of still images describing the male lead's mixed up attitudes toward women: an eye, lips, nostrils, the lead's face lost in arousal or god knows what. It climaxes with the lead shooting his gun out toward the sea. Truly a moment out of time. Yeah. Then we shift over to a all-female dorm for nurses. All the ladies are spyin' on two nurses who are engaging in some good old fashioned lesbianism, when they get the bright idea of inviting up this angry young man to take a peek at the gals. Of course, it's a bad idea, and things go sour after that. The film's full of marvelous use of framing and staging and shadow wizardry (proving that Wakamatsu is someone who's worthy of anyone's attention, duh), which is just icing on the top. The film's dynamics are so messed up: the dude just keeps picking them off one by one (some try to bribe him thru sex, others try to escape, etc). He remains unresponsive or when he does lash out, it's gruesome. Wakamatsu's almost ridiculously explosive use of color is back. He only uses it seemingly for dramatic effect. The film's pretty much all black and white, but when he wants to get a response, he'll bust out these incredible color compositions, full of bloody carnage. It's quite an impressive film, and at 60 minutes, it doesn't get a chance to get dull or anything like that. It's a dark, dark film, but definitely one worthy of being watched.

And so I watched another.

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The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai Mitsuru Meike, 2003

This is by far one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. If you ever see it, it will probably also be one of the weirdest you will ever see. The story's completely ridiculous: Sachiko Hanai, a call girl, gets shot in the head and, because of it, now has strange visions and a genius IQ and mixed up senses (she reacts hours later to someone pawing at her breasts). She somehow gets a hold of George W. Bush's cloned finger (which acts like a vibrator) and who, at one point, molests her (in one of the weirdest fucking scenes I've ever seen in my life, Bush thru a TV controls his cloned finger and finds her G spot with his "Bush Technique"). This cloned finger also holds the power to set off a ton of missiles and potentially destroy the world. In between those scenes, you get a bunch of Godardian use of political and philosophical non-sequiturs (references) that brought to mind the weirdness of a film like Les Carabiniers (the characters reference Susan Sontag and Chomsky while trying to get each other off, and one of the lessons she teaches while she moonlights as a tutor is about America's neocon military industrial complex). It also breaks a few of the rules I'm accustomed to in these films (but maybe it's because this is an uncensored version or something that was meant for theatrical/video release abroad, not solely for Japanese consumption), but it actually includes simulated ejaculation (one of the funniest and most bizarre sequences is a POV money shot where it shoots at the camera lens - gotta love something like that). It also actually includes non-pixelated female nudity, which violates what I thought was the modus operandi of these flicks. Sorry about the grossness and all, but I just thought I had to document what exactly made it stand out and interesting. A truly sui generis work.

I'm sure this thread will only get worse.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by charulata » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:54 am

Always feared you'd bring your desperate filth here :x.
Sounds amazing, really. Do you have a list of future films planned already? Are others allowed to post reviews etc?
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Re: Pink Film

Post by B-Side » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:06 am

Way to keep this forum classy.

I'm just giving you a hard time. There are a few folks here who know this genre pretty well. I'm not one of them, unfortunately. I'll be sure to change that.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:06 am

Anyone can post here, of course. I'm only a newbie and I'll take any and all recommendations.

I've got these lined up for the future:

Affairs Within Walls Koji Wakamatsu, 1965
Running in Madness, Dying in Love Koji Wakamatsu, 1969
The Embryo Hunts in Secret Koji Wakamatsu, 1972
Wife to Be Sacrificed Masaru Konuma, 1974
Tattooed Flower Vase Masaru Konuma, 1976
The Last Virgin Tokishi Sato, 2002
Lunchbox Shinji Imaoka, 2004
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Beau » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:09 am

Please, more of your filth. Your descriptions of said filth sound fantastic.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Macrology » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:14 am

I will be following this thread diligently. This is a genre that's always fascinated me, yet I don't think I've seen a single one yet (the closest is perhaps Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses, which obviously steps way beyond the boundaries of the genre and has totally different intentions).
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Post by elixir » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:40 am

Cool! I'm planning to watch some Koji Wakamatsu relatively soon...
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Post by Das » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:45 am

I for one, love pinku films when they're done proper. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion series, Go, Go Second Time Virgin, School of the Holy Beast, Ecstasy of the Angels are all great.
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Post by alobar » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:34 am

Even Chris Doyle shot a Pinku film. Is that not classy enough?
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:35 am

Someone get this kid an avatar.

Preferably a pink one.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Subhadip » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:07 am

This is the first time I am hearing of such a 'genre'.

Should I be embarrassed?
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Post by Circus Freak » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:51 am

This is one of those great threads about something I know nothing about.
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Post by MartinTeller » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:49 pm

Das wrote:I for one, love pinku films when they're done proper. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion series
Are those really considered pinku? If so, those are probably the only ones I've seen. Maybe some of the Oshima/Masumura?

I know I've heard of Go Go Second Time Virgin but it may have been from roujin.
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Post by Trip » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:16 pm

Go Go Second Time Virgin is the only one I know of as well.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Das » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:49 pm

MartinTeller wrote:
Are those really considered pinku? If so, those are probably the only ones I've seen. Maybe some of the Oshima/Masumura?

I know I've heard of Go Go Second Time Virgin but it may have been from roujin.
Yep. Very much so. And eh, not really. Scorpion has a lot more lineage in the genre's tropes and quirks than any of Oshima or Masumura's films.
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Post by The Last Baron » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:41 pm

I have never heard of this before. I'm excited.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Philosophe rouge » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:06 pm

I think i've only ever seen two pink films, one of them is Go Go Second Time Virgin, which I will admit... I just don't get it. I like my cinephilic-erotica a bit bouncier.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Derninan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:16 pm

The forum has officially peaked. It's all downhill from here.
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Post by Beau » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:19 pm

Derninan wrote:The forum has officially peaked. It's all downhill from here.
Wait, what about the continuation of this thread? Surely we have more lascivious fun to be had here, at the peak of Corrierino content?
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Post by Derninan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:27 pm

Beau wrote:
Wait, what about the continuation of this thread? Surely we have more lascivious fun to be had here, at the peak of Corrierino content?
We can try, though I think our collective apex occurred at "Bush technique."

And I remember perusing that film on KG, I've either downloaded it or simply have it bookmarked.
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Post by Beau » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:31 pm

Derninan wrote:We can try, though I think our collective apex occurred at "Bush technique."
My god. I actually skimmed past that write-up and read nothing about this. I think we can declare cinema itself obsolete now.
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Post by Derninan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:35 pm

Beau wrote:
My god. I actually skimmed past that write-up and read nothing about this. I think we can declare cinema itself obsolete now.
As soon as the credits roll on my copy of that film, I'm throwing my computer out the window and lighting my DVD collection on fire. Except for my Criterion blu-rays; I'd request that those be buried with my body.
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Post by Macrology » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:32 pm

the only clue as to its whereabouts is a "pussy print" that an old man hung up on his wall
Just read this write-up, and this is pretty tangential, but this could not help but remind me of the time a friend of mine got very drunk on something called Bourbon Deluxe ($8 for a handle). It's a pretty shameful story overall, not his proudest moment, and I'll spare you the more lascivious details, suffice it to say that the story ends with a bloody stain on his sheets the next morning -- in the perfect imprint of a vagina. He showed it to me, and I've had blood on my sheets before, but it was uncanny how well-defined the shape of this stain was. It was like someone had crafted a vagina stamp, pressed it into red ink, and stamped his sheets with it.

That is all. You may continue to peruse Japanese porn.
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:46 pm

Beau wrote:I think we can declare cinema itself obsolete now.
Haha! This thread is awesome.
roujin wrote:It also breaks a few of the rules I'm accustomed to in these films (but maybe it's because this is an uncensored version or something that was meant for theatrical/video release abroad, not solely for Japanese consumption), but it actually includes simulated ejaculation (one of the funniest and most bizarre sequences is a POV money shot where it shoots at the camera lens - gotta love something like that). It also actually includes non-pixelated female nudity, which violates what I thought was the modus operandi of these flicks.
Surely this one at least falls into a new genre, heavily influenced by pinku films, but where anything goes, a movement led by Takashi Miike, perhaps? Sorry if I’m making it sound like I think I'm some kind of expert, because I don’t actually know much about it. What I really meant to say is welcome, and thanks for this fantastic introduction thread!
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Philosophe rouge » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:03 pm

Macrology wrote:
Just read this write-up, and this is pretty tangential, but this could not help but remind me of the time a friend of mine got very drunk on something called Bourbon Deluxe ($8 for a handle). It's a pretty shameful story overall, not his proudest moment, and I'll spare you the more lascivious details, suffice it to say that the story ends with a bloody stain on his sheets the next morning -- in the perfect imprint of a vagina. He showed it to me, and I've had blood on my sheets before, but it was uncanny how well-defined the shape of this stain was. It was like someone had crafted a vagina stamp, pressed it into red ink, and stamped his sheets with it.

That is all. You may continue to peruse Japanese porn.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:42 am

I covered two pink films on the latest Cinema on the Road, but I'll be writing short blurbs of them shortly. So, yeah, look forward to that.
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Post by Derninan » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:51 am

I was afraid you'd abandoned us.
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Post by Mod Hip » Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:59 am

Sachiko Hanai is one of the strangest films I've seen, and filled my pink quota for a lifetime.
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The Lost Virgin Toshiki Sato, 2002

This one is pretty interesting. It's told in three segments, each one set in a different time in a young woman's life. In the first segment, she's a high school girl. She's flirting with losing her virginity. One day, more out of boredom than anything else, she decides to do it with this one guy from her class. The encounter is awkward and means little to either of them. Apparently the guy's living with his girlfriend, but that doesn't seem to bother him or her. This took place 10 years ago. Each segment then jumps 5 years into the future to catch us up with what our lost virgin is doing. What's probably the most striking about this film is how utterly empty the lives of its characters are. In essence, by jumping into the future and seeing how each act keeps repeating itself, we're seeing how lonely and sad the lives of the characters have turned out to be. All the sex acts in this film carry the air of disillusionment: nothing is the way it should be. By the time the characters return to where it all started, the picture has become to crystallize - those people are long gone, or maybe they never existed. All there is is this. It's all there ever was.

Editor's Note: there's a money shot in there somewhere.

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Lunchbox Shinji Imaoka, 2004

Imaoka apparently scripted The Lost Virgin and you can definitely discern a personality and a sensibility between both projects. Both are less interested in eroticism or sexiness and stuff and more interested in getting into the heads of the protagonists and sort of creating a weird emotional connection. But the problem with this film is that it's infuriatingly stupid. Or, at least it's ending is. A young mute woman becomes obsessed with a young postal worker, hooks up with him, and begins preparing him lunchboxes (bento boxes). He's kinda embarrassed about that and he's kind of a dick and he's kind of a weak bastard. He does not completely reciprocate her feelings. It's mostly presented in a realist style: Imaoka prefers handheld takes that follow the characters around (the sex scenes are done in jumpy angles, the camera constantly rearranging), which is a little less interesting than Sato's more distanced approach. The thing that ruins it is the sole "absurd" element. The girl apparently is a huge bowling fan and she has a ton of bowling memorabilia in her apartment. Every once in a while, her bowling ball (now turned into someone's head painted black) will shout out "Strike!" This adds a weird, surreal touch to the proceedings. But it's this absurd element which then triggers the emotional/psychological response which then leads to the really idiotic ending. The ending made me think that the filmmaker just kinda shrugged his shoulders and said, "eh, serious movies usually end with something like this, right?" and called it a day. Argh!
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Philosophe rouge » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:46 am

I read this thread attentively, even though I have nothing to contribute. Just want to offer my loving support.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:52 am

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Post by Das » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:55 am

I know way more about old pinku than I do the new stuff, but interested in seeing how the new measures up.
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Post by Derninan » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:46 am

Sad, empty lives filled with emotionless sex! Sold!

Your reviews are great, roujin. Highly entertaining stuff. Please keep posting.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by charulata » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:04 pm

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The Lost Virgin Toshiki Sato, 2002

This one is pretty interesting. It's told in three segments, each one set in a different time in a young woman's life. In the first segment, she's a high school girl. She's flirting with losing her virginity. One day, more out of boredom than anything else, she decides to do it with this one guy from her class. The encounter is awkward and means little to either of them. Apparently the guy's living with his girlfriend, but that doesn't seem to bother him or her. This took place 10 years ago. Each segment then jumps 5 years into the future to catch us up with what our lost virgin is doing. What's probably the most striking about this film is how utterly empty the lives of its characters are. In essence, by jumping into the future and seeing how each act keeps repeating itself, we're seeing how lonely and sad the lives of the characters have turned out to be. All the sex acts in this film carry the air of disillusionment: nothing is the way it should be. By the time the characters return to where it all started, the picture has become to crystallize - those people are long gone, or maybe they never existed. All there is is this. It's all there ever was.

Editor's Note: there's a money shot in there somewhere.
This sounds like a Hong Sang-soo movie without all the drinking.
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Get a f**king avatar.
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Only SFW images allowed, flieger.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by alobar » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:37 am

I just watched 2 Pinku films back to back. Earlier stuff though. 1978 and 1983.

The newer Pinku is largely worthless and sometimes the sex is censored.
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School of the Holy Beast Noribumu Suzuki, 1974

A young lady indulges in all the pleasures of life (movies, drinking, sex) before heading out to a convent the following day. What she'll find there is a doozy. There's one rebel nun who gets whipped with thorny vines, there are the two nuns who are down for some lovely lesbian sex and then get blackmailed into doing some other stuff, a man is sneaked inside so he can rape a nun, etc., etc. The convent is full of wonderfully profane and sacrilegious material. And then the film starts revealing more reasons as to why this girl is there in the first place - hidden backstories that reveal the fucked up nature of the church's patriarchal system. Yep, it's actually a damning portrayal of organized religion and groupthink and repression and all this other stuff, but couched with the safe confines of a nunsploitation flick. But what really makes it soar is Suzuki's eye-popping style. So many wonderfully expressive techniques (the upside down camera!), the spinning camera as a nun is mercilessly beaten by a group of nuns all while roses fall everywhere, and so much more. It's a deliriously dark, dark film. I loved it.

Editor's Note: probably my favorite little touch is how this girl licks in between this other girl's fingers... cinema!
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Re: Pink Film

Post by dreiser » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:56 pm

That does sound pretty good.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Das » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:11 pm

School of the Holy Beast is so much fun.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:17 am

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Woods are Wet: Woman's Hell Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1973

A young woman runs away from our home after being accused of killing her boss. She gets picked up by a friendly woman by the side of the road. She then takes the young woman back to her house to help her out. Then the trouble begins. Turns out that this woman is not as innocent as she seems; and her husband is worse. Way worse. Our young innocent girl is then subjected to various humiliations and abuses (and is forced to be complicit in various crimes). It gets pretty nasty. Did I mention that apparently this scenario was based on a Marquis de Sade story? Yeah. Kumashiro made Woman With Red Hair which I genuinely thought got at some interesting things and was tastefully done (even when its characters were lost in erotic abandon). But this one, outside from explicating and illuminating that particular Sadean philosophy of extreme freedom (its characters believe themselves to be outside of society and act according to their own views - which basically means killing people). This gets played out in an extended 20-minute orgy sequence (?) where characters are whipped and forced to have sex against their will (FUCK HER OR DIE!) as the husband/wife gleefully laugh and join in (the first instance of gay sex I've seen in these films). All of which is unbelievably unpleasant (though the image of husband and wife eating their dinner off the naked bodies of their victims is possibly one of the grimmest visual punchlines I've ever seen). Most of the film is apparently lit only with candles, which is an interesting and unusual choice, but Kumashiro's style never really exploits it or makes use of it (I was actually a little disappointed after Woman With Red Hair's almost masterful understanding of cluttered interiors and small spaces, that this was so ordinary).

Editor's Note: lots of censoring in this one. any time a d00d is thrusting and is sorta visible, a rectangular black box will appear to block it all off. Also: at points, the aspect ratio will change, cutting off part of the scene, as it tries to block the hanky panky.

Some notes on this film from That Certain Place:

"Japanese pink movie territory can be a fairly murky and frightening place. In the early 1970s Japanese sex films accounted for 50% of the countries cinematic output and the classic pink films really show the dark underbelly of Japanese patriarchal culture at its most alarming. Some of these films are almost unwatchable. Although they don’t feature actual sex they have what some have termed a “polymorphous perversity”, suggesting human emotions and desires that are far more shocking than a simple penetration shot.

Tatsumi Kumashiro is my favourite of the pink film directors and I would rank him well above Koji Wakamatsu as a true visionary of “guttural desires”. His late 1970s film THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR (which I’ll upload once I discover how to separate subtitles from image) was voted 3rd best Japanese film of the year by the respected ‘Cinema Jumpo’ magazine. The director’s take on life, sex and filmmaking is forebodingly dark but hints at essential, if hard to stomach, human motivations and desires. Of the Kumashiro films that I’ve seen to date WOODS ARE WET ranks as easily the most unforgettable and certainly the most shocking.

Running at just over an hour the film begins with a generic premise (a young girl, on the run from the police, takes refuge in a hotel run by a seemingly friendly woman and her peculiar husband) before descending into a nightmarish world of perversion and abuse, psychedelic in its intensity. An outrageous twenty minute section in the middle of the film must represent the most Sadean vision ever committed to film. The politics of the film represent the essential struggle of living in a highly organized society (whether to conform or rebel) but dilute this struggle to its absolute purity of essence.

Woods Are Wet is a beautiful film, a troubling film, a shocking film. As a cinematic experience it’s absolutely unforgettable and largely one of a kind. I can only hope that one day a proper version of the film will be released so that it can be appreciated in its full glory.

As mentioned in a subtitle note before the film, the movie no longer exists without the blacked out image segments present in this copy. Kumashiro blacked out sections of the iamge himself in order to make a statement against the Japanese censorship of the time. Bizarrely I feel that these black boxes actually enhance the experience of the film. For one thing they add to the overall oddness of the piece, but I also imagine much more explicit images behind the black than were probably there in the first place. The fact that Kumashiro would go to such lengths to make a political point is very much in keeping with his sensibilities as a filmmaker..."
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:02 am

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Wife To Be Sacrificed Masaru Konuma, 1974

Took a while to find out an appropriate screenshot of this one! Naomi Tani stars as a young divorced woman whose husband suddenly pops back in her life. And pop up he does! Soon, he's kidnapped her and forces her into a variety of heavy S&M/bondage scenarios. Naomi Tani was a pretty famous actress in the 70's and her specialty was this sort of stuff - rope play, being whipped, that sort of thing. She... uh... sells it, I guess. The rest of the film is just a laundry list of filth and smut, which I can be okay with, if it's tied to something larger (like I thought it was in Woods are Wet), but this one leaves me rather cold in that respect. Yes, the film ends up being about how much she enjoys being tied up, and I guess about the weird staring contest between husband and wife and who blinks first, but it simply isn't enough to make me want to sit through the rest. That said, Konuma handles this as tastefully as I'm guessing this sort of thing can be done (it's exploitative sure, but I can imagine this being way, way worse). And certain scenes benefit from his preference for the master shot (when he goes handheld, he suffers). This one made me pull out my safe word :(

This is available on Instant Netflix, but here are the IMDB keywords to let you know what you're in for.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:32 am

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Street of Joy Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1974

I'm gonna assume this is some weird remake of Street of Shame (which I haven't seen), since you gotta start these things somehow. Story's on the eve of the ban of brothels. We take a look at one particular one, and some of the girls working there. One gets married to a customer, another tries to break a record of tricks done in a single day (the pussy-warming technique is hilarious), another has a junkie yakuza boyfriend. Kumashiro is at his best in scenes like the opening one, where the bare facts of intimacy are explored in the most casual manner (two lovers in bed, tussling about, wondering if the other one is aroused enough). He's less adept at stringing his vignettes in a logical, coherent fashion. He uses animated interludes to stitch some things together, along with some intertitles, but even with that it still gets pretty confusing (or i'm a racist).

Editor's note: some sex scenes seem to be shot as if on the outside looking in, framed through the tracks of doorways. But, really, it's very different from the other Kumashiro films. Most sex is under the covers, as anything more costs more, and the tricks are cheap. The film is actually refreshingly anti-arousing; the girls are always practical, and so is the film.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:27 am

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Pleasure Campus: Secret Games Tatsumi Kumashiro, 1980

The class goody-goody girl takes the blame for starting a ruckus in the classroom. So of course all the teachers rape her as punishment. This is a comedy. All the teachers are in a meeting with each other, and each male teacher excuses himself to go to the restroom, and they all each get a turn of doing something weird to her (tying her up with the science lab hoses, or molesting her with those brushes to clean beaks) and when it looks like they might be caught, they simply jump out the window. There are other scenarios, which Kumashiro does almost nothing to link together in a causal manner. In a series of scenes, a teacher dresses up like a thief and rapes his wife (but it turns out his wife loves it!), so now he tries to get his buddy to rape his wife as well, to see if it was the "rape" or if it was the husband who got her off. The goody-goody girl is one thing that remains a constant throughout the movie and she doesn't get it any better throughout (her father makes her watch him having sex with his mother and I think he screws her as well, the boy she likes is into the class sluts, and even magicians are all ready to take advantage of her). But it's a comedy. It's weird; I could see the intent, and have a weird metacognitive process about the whole thing, where I understand the intended effect, but there's simply no response from me. I did enjoy the ridiculousness of the awful things that happen to the goody-goody girl, because I am that type of man. But, yeah, this is the worst Kumashiro so far.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Epistemophobia » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:40 am

That one doesn't look arty enough. :P

Cool thread.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by snapper » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:46 am

I feel like there are certain elements of pink film that, idk, 'prevent' masterpieces from occurring?

However I really enjoyed the Female Prisoner film I saw this year, and I will say that Ryu Murakami's Tokyo Decadence is almost a masterpiece and you should all see it.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by roujin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:05 am

I'm guessing the biggest obstacle for true appreciation of this genre is one's tolerance of the depiction of rape on film. I don't think this 'prevents' masterpieces from happening though.

But I don't know, the genre's quirks and general weirdness and perversion quickly become lovable in their own way (much like, i don't know, martial arts' films bad dubbing or something) after one has become familiar with the films.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by dreiser » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:13 am

I'm pretty sure School of the Holy Beast is an undeniable masterpiece by any measure.
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Re: Pink Film

Post by Das » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:33 am

There are quite a few genuninely great pinku films I can think of, I think the biggest misconception about the genre is that it's nice looking soft porn - which I've found isn't really true with most of the very good pinku films, they tend to contain a great deal of layers and thoughtfulness to them.
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