DVD: Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9 / Onna shinnyû-shain: 5-ji kara 9-ji made (1982)

April 27, 2014 | By


HornyWorkingGirlFrom5To9Film: Very Good

Transfer: Very Good / Extras: Standard

Label: Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films

Region: 1 (NTSC)

Released:  July 9, 2013

Genre:  Japanese Pink / Adult

Synopsis: In this adult spin on the 1980 comedy classic 9 to 5, three women fed up with a boss’ wayward behaviour & arrogance plot some perfect revenge that goes Bam!

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




The international success of the American sexual-misbehaviour-in-the-office comedy 9 to 5 (1980) spawned at least two porn variations: the American-made 8 to 4 (1981), and this 1982 Japanese effort where three women grow similarly fatigued with their egotistical boss, and after lengthy commiserating, exact the perfect revenge.

Veteran Nikkatsu director Katsuhiko Fujii shot a substantial amount of material in a real office, which adds an unusual level of verisimilitude to an otherwise silly group of oversexed characters. In addition to having an affair with her married boss Makimura (sleazy Junichiro Yamashita), newly hired manager Chieko Kuwano (I Love It from Behind’s Junko Asahina) moonlights as a pimp for other executives, while her boss has affairs with other office women, including secretary Mari (Nami Misaki).

Being a Nikkatsu production, the film’s politically incorrect material includes offensive dialogue (“It’s wrong being a woman”), a Yankee executive diddling a virgin, boss Makimura aggressively boffing his emotionally restricted wife (Yuki Yoshizawa) with a cruel grin, and Chieko and the wife helping Mari recover from a recent gang assault in an office lavatory.

Prior to hatching their revenge scheme against Makimura, the three women engage in a bathroom catfight and later some living room girl-girl interaction. The film’s finale – an orgy of sorts aided by some potent ‘Indian cream’ which makes its ‘electrified’ host go Bam! – at least gives sexual and corporate power back to the women, and the entire misadventure is wrapped up with the film’s daffy disco theme song (“Keep on Dancin’”).

The acting is appropriately broad and the adult scenes often feature clusters of arms and legs poking and folded in awkward positions, but it’s that uneven blend of humour, titillation, and wrongness which makes this effort a little unsettling. The film’s added weirdness factor comes from casting an American performer as an executive with a taste for virgins who looks a lot like a baby-faced Dave Foley (News Radio) in a bad wig and pasted-on mustache.

Impulse Pictures’ DVD features a clean transfer and a teaser trailer which includes some deleted and alternate takes. Jasper Sharp’s liner notes provide more of an overview of Nikkatsu’s unusual talent pool, which sometimes included former legit singers, such as Asahina, who chose a career in adult films after starting off as a theatrical revue performer and TV actress.



© 2014 Mark R. Hasan



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