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(aka "Ry˘shoku" or "Beast Color" or "Hunting for Lust")

 

directed by Hidehiro Ito
Japan 1983

 

The frustrated desires of housewife Ami (Ryoko Watanabe, FEMALE PRISONER: CAGE) - who has fantasies of violation while having vanilla sex with her physician husband Fujina - are awakened by his lascivious friend Dr. Kohsaka, who tells her of the existence of Madame Machiko's Society Club where housewives moonlight as prostitutes. After a wrong phone number leads to a rough sexual encounter with a stranger, Ami decides to work for Madame Machiko, "but only in the afternoon." As Ami begins to enjoy the bestial desires of her clients, things pep up in the bedroom with her husband and she considers quitting her "dayjob"; that is, until Kohsaka proves very able to drag her down into the desired abyss of degradation.

Made at a time when Japanese erotica stalwart Nikkatsu Studios was competing with newly introduced adult home video, DEBAUCHERY ups the ante of its "Roman Porno" line considerably in terms of graphic content while still conforming to Japanese censorship rules regarding genitalia. The plot is basically a superficial rip-off of Luis Bunuel's BELLE DE JOUR with the Kazuho character seems to be a combination of the Michel Piccoli and Pierre Clementi characters. It also appears as if there was meant to be some allusions to REPULSION with Ami's nightmares of violation and the crack that suddenly appears in the ceiling of her home, but the film spends most of its brief running time on lengthy sexual interludes which actually take advantage of optical censoring and genitalia-blocking angles to suggest acts that likely would have had uncensored adult films of similar vintage prosecuted for obscenity stateside at the time. The sketchy story includes a subplot involving a scruffy bachelor and an underage girl only present for more perversion and to provide the film with an abrupt and ludicrous ending (very different from the Bunuel film); nevertheless, the film certainly delivers what its title promises, and Nikkatsu fans couldn't demand more.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 10 June 1983 (Japan)

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DVD Review: Impulse Pictures (The Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

Impulse Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:10:00
Video

1.87:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, optional
Features Release Information:
Studio: Impulse Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.87:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:31)
• Liner Notes from Japanese film scholar Jasper Sharp

DVD Release Date: 10 April 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Impulse Pictures presents a strong single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer of this Nikkatsu effort (thanks to an eschewing of the early eighties tendency for gauzy soft-focus, especially in erotica). The Dolby Digital mono audio is fairly clean and the optional English subtitles are error free. The theatrical trailer is also subtitled.

Jasper Sharp's liner notes insert contextualize the film's increased graphic content and gives further background on the film's star Ryoko Watanabe. It also makes mention of a shot-on-video Nikkatsu short starring Watanabe and directed by Ito titled RYOKO'S LESBIAN FIGHT which seems like would have made a good extra (the half-hour short is featured on the Impulse companion disc THE NIKKATSU ROMAN PORNO TRAILER COLLECTION).

Although the series was announced under the "The Nikkatsu Roman Porno Collection" line, the disc covers bear the "The Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection" banner in deference to the concerns of Impulse's largest buyer Amazon.com. The main menu screens of this film and TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN IN JAIL: SEX HELL still bear the "Roman Porno" banner (it remains to be seen if this is changed on further releases).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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