Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Aka - Kandagawa Pervert Wars
In his early directing years Kiyoshi Kurosawa began as did many Japanese
directors in the 1980s and 90s with low budget, often straight to video films.
And in some cases directors who became famous later on had a few Pinkish
films under their belt. Not many of the early films of Kurosawa are available,
but this one surfaced and as I have been meaning to see some of his later
horror films, I thought it might be interesting to see this early outing.
It was and it wasn't. I came across a few gushing reviews about how certain
aspects of his successful films were within - and his love for film itself
is evident - but even if that is true this is very boring unless you can
be entertained for 60 minutes with naked couples rolling about in various
positions. Maybe back in 1983 before the Internet this nudity was titillating
enough, but now it just seems tedious. To his credit Kurosawa has fun with
this and adds doses of absurdity to it, but still most of it is just humping.
Akiko announces that after doing it ten times with her boyfriend in one day
that she is bored. So she takes to watching a couple that have just moved
in to a building across the way and who have the habit of leaving their window
shades up. Think Rear Window. But instead of a man murdering his wife, there
are a mother and her teenage son having a go at sex. Beginning with your
basic breast kissing but moving on from there. The boy appears to be nearly
unresponsive to much around him but not to his mother's entreaties. On the
wall behind him for no reason that has anything much to do with the film
are large pieces of paper taped to the wall with the titles of dozens of
French and American films. I would guess those were favorite films of Kurosawa
at the time - a few from Godard and there are certain still moments with
the camera centered on a character that are a bit Godard-like.
Akiko goes to visit a female friend down the hall and after of course first
having sex, they decide that incest is bad and that this boy needs rescuing.
They take it upon themselves to do this - failing miserably at first but
finally breaking into his apartment - subduing the mother - and then . .
. of course having sex with the teenager. It took Kurosawa nearly fourteen
years before he was able to break out of these low budget films - a few other
Pink ones, some made for TV and a few that were horror films - but it was
Cure in 1997 that really got him started on a series of smart psychological