One night, a subdued ticket puncher intervenes to prevent a rape. Binding to the victim, he starts fulfilling his fantasies by breaking into single women’s apartments with chloroform to make love to them, take their picture and become their Prince Charming.
Faced with competition from roman-porno movies made by teams of seasoned professionals, the anarchist protester Kôji Wakatmasu is forced to forget pinku eiga for a more “classical” register. With this unknown film, tinged with poetic license, he proposes a variation on Yasunari Kawabata’s Sleeping Beauties, with hiss usual themes (male/female perversion, upset masculinity, claustrophobia) and anticipates a society of virtual love. As always, ahead of its time. –Étrange Festival
Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二, Wakamatsu Kōji?) (born 1 April 1936) is a Japanese film director who directed such pinku eiga films as Ecstasy of the Angels (天使の恍惚, Tenshi no Kōkotsu?, 1972) and Go, Go Second Time Virgin (ゆけゆけ二度目の処女, Yuke Yuke Nidome no Shojo?, 1969). He also produced Nagisa Ōshima’s controversial film In the Realm of the Senses (1976). He has been called “the most important director to emerge in the pink film genre,” and one of “Japan’s leading directors of the 1960s.”
Kōji Wakamatsu was born in Wakuya, Miyagi, Japan on 1 April 1936. Wakamatsu worked as a construction worker before beginning his film career with Nikkatsu in 1963.
Between 1963 and 1965, he directed 20 exploitation films for the studio, based on sensational topics of the day. He became interested in the Pink Film genre after the success of Tetsuji Takechi’s 1964 Daydream. Nikkatsu submitted his Skeleton in the Closet (壁の中の秘事, Kabe no Naka no Himegoto?) (also known as Secrets Behind the Wall) (1965… read more