DVD: Story of White Coat – Indecent Acts / Hakui monogatari – Midasu! (1984)

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Film: Good/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras: Standard

Label: Impulse Pictures / Synapse / Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: September 10, 2013

Genre: Japanese Pink / Adult

Synopsis: A nurse-in-training tries to stave off the hungry advances of a scheming man.

Special Features: 4-page colour booklet with liner notes by Jasper Sharp / Theatrical Trailer.

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Review:

– That whore. She embarrassed me so badly.

– She was like an octopus. Women are scary. Once you are in, they won’t let you go!

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When a car careens into the parking lot of a hospital and staff must strategize the extrication of a man from his backseat lover, Shinobu (Mina Asami) soon realizes she must find as many excuses as possible to avoid being the new patient’s latest conquest.

Being the son of the hospital’s biggest investor, Junior (Kansai Ito) is able to wield a higher degree of influence, feigning alcohol poisoning to re-enter the healthcare system, and as a renewed patient, eventually (and forcibly) bed Shinobu. Shinobu, however, may be a prude when it comes to actual copulation, but she understands sometimes the human body can heal through private therapeutic ‘viewing sessions’ – like an older man whose member is finally able to rise after she voluntarily disrobes in his room.

Matters are further complicated by Masaru (Hiroshi Fukami), Junior’s driver and main aide who’s quite exhausted from years of being the whipping boy to Junior’s ‘baby mafia’ persona and his constant ridicule. In love with Shinobu, the nurse-in-training must decide where her heart and ideal stimulus reside, so a dazed walk into a sex club eventually brings her back to reality, and leads to the film’s most unconventional finale – a frolic through a city park with Masaru, and the use of the word “Idiot!” which makes Shinobu’s union with any man rather uncertain.

Played for laughs, Nikkatsu’s White Coat is filled with broad comedic moments – some genuinely funny – which are designed to heighten the absurd scenarios designed to disrobe its cast members, including an outbreak of crabs which necessitates multi-gender shavings. While not particularly well shot or edited – there’s a slap-dash quality to the production which looks like it was filmed in a handful of days – the film does work as a slight sex comedy which happens to feature soft and strategically choreographed hard scenes. Asami plays Shinobu as an innocent befuddled by all the over-zealous sex-play, whereas Ito goes for straight caricature, transcending an otherwise throwaway role.

As with the related hospital smut romp Nurse Diary: Wicked Finger (1980), which used the same hospital environs, the story occasionally veers in to straight drama – Masaru’s heartfelt rooftop confession to Shinobu is well-played but tonally abrupt in an otherwise broad sex comedy. Towards the end moments of relative wrongness appear, but there’s a rare moment of turnabout when Junior is assaulted by a hungry senior nurse who actually gets her way – a protracted moment of irony concocted by writer Hiroshi Takeyama (Nurse Diary 2) and director Hidehiro Ito (Debauchery, Ryoko’s Lesbian Fight).

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© 2013 Mark R. Hasan

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