9 thoughts on “S & M Hunter”

  1. Todd!! Curse you!!! You made it to “Roper from Hell” before I did!! Well, you’ve left me no choice: I am going to have to review everything from “Hana to Hebi” through to “Bijo Nawagesho” just to punish you even more effectively than I could with a candle and a big syringe.

    Excellent review. Well done.

  2. It would be a lot easier to get riled up about films like this if you could take them seriously – but the manga-like hysteria of it all makes that nigh impossible for me(see also, Hanzo the Razor).

    Also, (literal) tons of shoujo manga full of light and fluffy romance prove that those wacky people from Japan do in fact know the light side of eros, too.

  3. PK: I’ll take that as high praise, given that you seem to be a bit of an expert on the subject. (And by “the subject” I mean “movies like this”, though, judging from your comments, you also have more than a glancing familiarity with the tools of the trade.)

    House: So true. Hopefully there aren’t any guys out there who need to be warned not to try Hanso’s training regimen at home.

  4. A lot of what I know come from the “Weisser Book” (“Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Movies”) which is far less indepth than Jasper Sharp’s book, but gives you a little synopsis and cast-and-crew list of just about every pink film made, as well as a useful introduction to how Eirin (the Japanese Board of Film Classification) works. Of course, it’s pretty old by now – I think it stops at about 1994. Saying that, theatrical pink movies were long over by then: the last one was the ‘Bye-bye and thank you’ clip-compilation “Megamitachi no Hohoemi” (Smiles of Goddesses)

  5. I got to hand it to you, Todd. Although I wasn’t expecting to be, I’m actually kind of intrigued by the film. I think your spot in your analysis. In fact, although it’s been a long long time since I read it, I think Ian Buruma came to the same conclusion in his book Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters, and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes.

    And in defense of “those crazy Japanese”, although some of nether reaches of their erotic imagination are certainly beyond my pale, I admire its creativity. Japanese porn is far more interesting than the Rambotesque meat-and-potatoes variety of American porn.

  6. I’ll second Duriandave on this; Buruma’s book is well worth reading for a number of reasons; firstly, being written in about 1983, it captures a very specific moment, just before the end of the Showa period, when you could actually see pink films and nasty yakuza films in high-street cinemas alongside the latest American import or wholesome family flick. Point two; Buruma was working as (I believe) an assistant photographer in Tokyo (“citation needed”)(there’s a funny bit where he talks about getting a brutal stomping from his ‘master’ for a very minor error, after which he has to thank the master for taking the time and trouble to ‘educate’ him. This is pretty poignant viz. Todd’s review.) at the time, and probably got pretty up-close to some part of the pink industry; and point three, being one of the very first entries in the trash-taken-seriously school of cultural anthropology, he actually has something new and original and interesting to say.

    And he mentions Yamaguchi Momoe, which can only be good. Although she never did do a Comeback.

  7. PK: Yeah, I’m pretty sure Sharp mentions the Weisse book in his. Which reminds me that I should probably mention how good Sharp’s book is. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this genre

    Duariandave: Thanks! I’d also have to say that I’d prefer to watch S&M Hunter over a lot of HK Cat III movies. (Excepting, among other notables, any featuring slimy monsters, Ellen Chan, and Naked Killer.) Compared to some of the more mean spirited ones, S&M Hunter is downright wholesome.

    Memsaab: That’s hilarious! But just think, if that were to actually happen, all of Teleport City’s hard work to educate people about the history of tentacle porn would be for nothing.

  8. This doesn’t really relate (and all I have to say that’s remotely on point is “Fascinating review! I must avoid this at all costs!”), but – I’ve even seen a woman-in-web scene in Bollywood! Not quite the same way, of course, but that particular song has fairly demeaning attitudes towards women as well (interestingly not expressed by the hero but by otherwise likable side characters).

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