Nikkatsu Naughties, Part 7: It’s All for Laughs!

April 27, 2014 | By

Yup. This actually happens.

As this latest trio of releases from Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films reveals, it’s easy to combine adult elements with comedy and produce something genuinely amusing, although being part of the Nikkatsu Roman Porno line during the 1980s, the need to be a little politically incorrect, if not very wrong, means the tone of each film sometimes wavers as humour and titillation sway into shock.

True artifacts from the age of celluloid smut – some filmed in TV-safe 1.78:1, others in beautiful 2.35:1 ‘scope – these works featured talent that could direct, film, edit, score, write, and act, and although some did branch out / escape into legit careers, others seemed to flourish under the high-production quotas of Nikkatsu which churned out smut, perhaps finding the employment and experience more steady and enjoyable than struggling for serious roles in dramatic productions, especially after making their mark on-camera as an adult performer.

This installment of Nikkatsu Naughties includes Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers / Kango joshiryô: Ijiwaru na yubi (1985) starring the ever-smiling Jun Izumi and two films starring Junko Asahina: I Love It from Behind! / Bakku ga daisuki! (1981) and Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9 / Onna shinnyû-shain: 5-ji kara 9-ji made (1982).

One has to assume the English titles are hybrids of literal translations + cheeky approximations as coined by a Nikkatsu’s P.R. division using a lovingly abused copy of Webster’s.

Coming next: review of the Hot Docs 2014 film The Love Hotel (2014), a documentation of Japan’s disappearing hotels where couples can escape from their strict work schedules & home routines and have some bedroom fun.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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