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    Takuma
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    Love Hunter: Lust (恋の狩人 欲望) (Japan, 1973) [TV] – 4/5
    Director Seiichiro Yamaguchi made film and court history when he, Nikkatsu, and even the censorship board were trialled for the distribution of obscene material in the so called Roman Porno case targeting the director’s film Love Hunter (1972). It is generally understood the case was less about the film in question and more about authorities reacting to the ever quickening eroticization of cinema after major studio Nikkatsu had begun mass producing Roman Porno some two month earlier. Yamaguchi responded by making this angry, political / philosophical sequel that follows a stripper (Mari Tanaka) with ties to radical youth movement arrested for obscenity. Much of the film unfolds in interview sequences critiquing the legal system, the hypocrisy of the authorities, and prejudice against anyone, particularly women, who challenge established conservative values. But the film, perhaps surprisingly, doesn't dwell too long on the injustice the director’s alter-ego faces, as it also critically examines the naivety of the youth and the compromising nature of the anti-establishment. Less fascinating is the love affair between the protagonist and a disillusioned reporter who used to be at the forefront of the student movement in his youth but has since stopped believing one person could make a difference. There are some dull sex scenes thrown in to fulfil genre requirements, but the film's political contents, especially when mirrored against the court case that was in progress at the same time the film was made, are so interesting it's hard to take your eyes off the screen. Acting performances are solid as well, by both skin actress gone anti-establishment icon Tanaka and Teruo Matsuyama, who has the kind of world weariness perfect for the cynical reporter role. And last but not least, there’s superb use of music throughout the film.

















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  • Takuma
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    Sex Rider: Injured Lust (セックス・ライダー 傷だらけの欲情) (Japan, 1973) [TV] – 3.5/5
    After being near impossible to see for decades, director Koretsugu Kurahara's follow-up to his 1971 action film Sex Rider: Wet Highway has finally been unearthed. The sequel follows young outlaw couple Masafumi Shiga and Mimi Sugihara (neither one of whom seem to have any other acting credits) in an incestuous relationship trying to rebel against the word while being chased by a trigger happy detective. Kurahara, one of the young Nikkatsu action directors who refused to let go of the past even in the Roman Porno era, and veteran screenwriter Hideichi Nagahara (A Colt is My Passport, Stray Cat Rock, Hairpin Circus) construct the film as a Nikkatsu Outlaw actioner with a handful of added (compulsory) sex scenes. Grainy cityscapes and slow-motion montages dominate the first half while the second borrows more from road movies. The soundtrack is almost entirely recycled from other films and sources, but it's a hell of a mix tape. Speaking of the soundtrack, Morio Agata's Kanto hit Red Elegy plays throughout the film and is a likely inspiration for the storyline. Like the original movie, the film is a bit superficial in parts and clumsy in others, yet there's an overwhelmingly positive sense of rebellion unfolding on screen with Kurahara stubbornly crafting yet another decidedly cool action picture within the studio mandated Roman Porno frame. It may be slightly different flavour from the first film, with more urban crime film vibe, but fans of the original ought to enjoy it.



















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  • Takuma
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    Originally posted by Takuma View Post
    Here’s a bit of vague good news: Koretsugu Kurahara's Sex Rider: Injured Lust (セックス・ライダー 傷だらけの欲情) (1973) has been re-rated by Eirin on 2023/7/28. Looks like Nikkatsu has finally unearthed this film which, to the best of my knowledge, has never been released on home video and probably has never been available to view outside of theatres. It might be for a TV broadcasting, it might be for streaming or DVD, but whatever it is I’m expecting the film finally to become accessible.
    So, it was for TV broadcasting. Eigeki, October.
    https://www.eigeki.com/series/S70049
    https://www.eigeki.com/series/S75747

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  • AngelGuts
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    Very good news, Takuma.

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  • Takuma
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    Here’s a bit of vague good news: Koretsugu Kurahara's Sex Rider: Injured Lust (セックス・ライダー 傷だらけの欲情) (1973) has been re-rated by Eirin on 2023/7/28. Looks like Nikkatsu has finally unearthed this film which, to the best of my knowledge, has never been released on home video and probably has never been available to view outside of theatres. It might be for a TV broadcasting, it might be for streaming or DVD, but whatever it is I’m expecting the film finally to become accessible.

    https://www.eirin.jp/list/index.php?...3%82%AF%E3%82% B9%E3%83%BB%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A4%E3%83%80%E3%83%BC%E3 %80%80%E5%82%B7%E3%81%A0%E3%82%89%E3%81%91%E3%81%A E%E6%AC%B2%E6%83%85&eirin_no=&s_year=2009&s_month= 1&e_year=2023&e_month=12&x=0&y=0



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  • Takuma
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    Two more t-shirts from Hardcore Chocolate.

    https://core-choco.shop-pro.jp/?pid=174541864
    https://core-choco.shop-pro.jp/?pid=174541534

    Both are for films I don't really care for... by directors I really like. Oh well, I wouldn't wear a t-shirt for my favourite Kichitaro Negishi film anyway



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  • Takuma
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    R.I.P. Yuko Katagiri.

    She passed away last year in October, but the news only broke out today. I spotted the news via Cinema Vera, who said she was not only a talk event guest, but a frequent customer in the theatre as well.

    - http://www.cinemavera.com/info.html#528
    - https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASR4D640VR4DUCVL024.html

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  • Takuma
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    I had completely missed this, but Masaru Konuma died earlier this year. R.I.P.

    Below are two stills for my favourite Konuma film, the breezy youth / love story Wandering Lovers: Dizziness (さすらいの恋人 眩暈) (1978).



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  • mjeon
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    Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession is an unambitious but enjoyable film. Luna (or Runa) Takamura was half German and half Japanese (as Takuma has noted). She’s lovely and her wimple frames her pretty face to perfection. The rest of the cast is forgettable, with the exception of the rector who is always mumbling profanities in English. The film starts off as grim nunsploitation, but eventually blossoms into a merry caper tale. Takamura plays her impish character to perfection.

    The Central European blu-ray (I can’t find anything on the packaging indicating whether it is Austrian or German) is very nice and the film can be watched in Japanese with excellent English subtitles.
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    Last edited by mjeon; 03-16-2023, 12:50 PM.

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  • Takuma
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    While I was at Laputa Asagaya a few weeks ago, I picked up their chirashi for the upcoming Roman Porno Jidaigeki program. Some good films there as well as a couple of very rare ones (I don't think I've ever come across 艶説 お富与三郎 and 大江戸性盗伝 ―女斬り― before).
    - http://www.laputa-jp.com/laputa/prog...rno_jidaigeki/



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  • mjeon
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    Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (Masaru Konuma, 1976) is coming out on Austrian (German?) blu-ray as Im Kloster der heissen Nonnen, with English subtitles. Kimstim issued a subtitled DVD in the USA in 2007.
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    Last edited by mjeon; 01-20-2023, 01:08 PM.

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  • Takuma
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    Hard Core Chocolate has two new Roman Porno t-shirts for sale!
    - https://core-choco.shop-pro.jp/?mode...&csid=0&sort=n





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  • Sundance
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    This came out couple of weeks ago in Austria. Found out by chance, hadn't seen it mentioned anywhere (even blu-ray.com doesn't list it at all).

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    Expensive (~40euros) mediabook Blu-Ray+DVD with 3 cover options, 444 + 333 + 222 copies total.

    English subtitles!

    Screenshots are from a half-size re-encode so not 100% representative of quality.







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    Last edited by Sundance; 06-26-2022, 03:04 PM.

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  • ropo1
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    Pretty interesting to see the early sweden porno movies surface, afaik, the to date only availible versions are butchered. Probably average at best novelty films more than anything, but still a piece of the roman porno shaping history.

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  • Takuma
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    Nikkatsu has announced five more Roman Porno batches for 2022-2023. But only DVDs, no BDs. Damn!
    - https://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/...-2022-list.php

    Originally posted by "Guro Taku" @ bulletsnbabes
    June 6th:

    Love Hunter: Hot Skin (ラブハンター 熱い肌) (1972) d. Masaru Konuma
    Rape Ceremony (暴行儀式) (1980) d. Kichitaro Negishi
    Apartment Wife: Scent of a Woman (団地妻 女の匂い) (1973) d. Shinichi Shiratori
    Rape Frenzy: Five Minutes Before Graduation (卒業五分前 群姦) (1977) d. Yukihiro Sawada
    The Mania: Body Pleasure Experiment (ザ・マニア 快感生体実験) (1986) d. Yojiro Takita
    Candidate for Seduction (犯され志願) (1982) d. Shun Nakahara
    Nikkatsu Sweden Porno: Inn of Perverted Beasts (日活スウェーデン・ポルノ 淫獣の宿) (1973) d. Shogoro Nishimura
    She Cat: Beautiful Avenger (女猫 美しき復讐者) (1992) d. Yasuhiro Kitahata

    September 2nd:

    Sexy Doll: Sada Abe the 3rd (セクシードール・阿部定3世) (1983) d. Takashi Sugano
    Fallen Angel Gang (悪女軍団) (1981) d. Masaru Konuma
    Orgasm Mariko (オーガズム 真理子) (1985) d. Fumihiko Kato
    New Lesbian World: Rapture (新・レスビアンの世界 -陶酔-) (1975) d. Shogoro Nishimura
    Eros Schedule Book Continued Concubine Secrets: Lustful Dance (続・色暦大奥秘話 淫の舞) (1972) d. Isao Hayashi
    Widow's Boarding House: Renting Pussy on a Floor Mat (未亡人下宿 下もかします四畳半) (1977) d. Shinya Yamamoto
    Nikkatsu Sweden Porno: Drips of Honey (日活スウェーデン・ポルノ 蜜のしたたり) (1973) d. Akira Kato
    A New Tale of Happiness and Embarrassment 3: Angel Kiss Mark (新うれしはずかし物語3 天使のキスマーク) (1992) d. Yasuyuki Otani

    November 2nd:

    Married Woman: Smoldering Fire (人妻 -残り火-) (1973) d. Tadahiko Isomi
    Live Recording: Hidden Camera (生録盗聴ビデオ) (1982) d.Takashi Sugano
    Three-Year Affair (3年目の浮気) (1983) d. Shun Nakahara
    Girl Rape Case: Red Shoes (少女暴行事件 赤い靴) (1983) d. Yasuaki Uegaki
    New Apartment Wife: Swapping (新・団地妻 夫婦交換(スワッピング) (1975) d. Shinichi Shiratori
    Soapland Secret Report: Ascension (ソープ風呂㊙昇天) (1974) d. Isao Hayashi
    Nikkatsu Swenden Porno: Passionate First Experience (日活スウェーデン・ポルノ 欲情初体験) (1971) d. Christer Holmgren
    Women 2 (Women ウィメン 2) (1997) d. Ryoji Shinmura

    January 11th:

    Sex Education Mistress (性教育ママ) (1973) d. Akira Kato
    Student Mistress: Taste of a Virgin (学生情婦・処女の味) (1976) d. Koyu Ohara
    Wife Collector (人妻コレクター) (1985) d. Hisayasu Sato
    Everday Passion: Ecstasy (愛欲の日々 エクスタシー) (1984) d. Itsumichi Isomura
    Concubine Secrets: Glorious Sex Scroll (大奥秘話 晴姿姫ごと絵巻) (1984) d. Isao Hayashi
    Afternoon Affair: Scandalous Nurse (昼下りの情事 噂の看護婦) (1974) d. Katsuhiko Fujii
    Molester's Train: Mischievous Fingers (痴漢電車 いたずらな指) (1982) d. Mamoru Watanabe
    Suite 2 (スウィートルーム 2) (1993) d. Yoshihiro Kawasaki

    March 3rd:

    Hawaiian Love: Dangerous Honeymoon (ハワイアン・ラブ 危険なハネムーン) (1978) d. Isao Hayashi
    Red Light District: Woman in the Honmoku Brothel (赤線本牧チャブヤの女) (1975) d. Shinichi Shiratori
    Masochist (マゾヒスト) (1985) d. Takashi Kanno
    Shinjuku Midnight Story: Man and Woman (新宿真夜中物語 男と女) (1972) d. Koyu Ohara
    Scandalous Woman: Sleep with Me Until Morning (噂の女 朝まで抱いて) (1980) d. Banmei Takahashi
    Sensual Technique: Lips, Tongue, Fingers (官能テクニック 唇・舌・指) (1979) d. Mamoru Watanabe
    Nikkatsu Swenden Porno: Forest of Carnal Desire (日活スウェーデン・ポルノ 獣欲の森) (1971) d. Masanao Sakao
    Come to Me. Hold Me. Love Me. (来て。抱いて。愛して。) (1998) d. Maki Akuta
    - https://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/for...182448#p182448


    The obvious highlights here are Rape Ceremony, Rape Frenzy: Five Minutes Before Graduation, and probably Orgasm Mariko too. I wasn't a huge fan of Mariko, but it's quite a wild and bloody horror film and certainly has its fans.

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