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
“This is how one perishes through absurdity!”—Louis-Auguste Blanqui, Manual for an Armed Insurrection (1866)
A curious mix of soft-core porn and didactic political tract. Neither thread is especially interesting, but Wakamatsu elevates the tedious text through dazzling cinematic ingenuity; cutting between high-contrast black and white and saturated colour to create disorientation, framing shots with a keen sense of space in order to represent the various power struggles within the group, and ultimately allowing the film to descend into a furious, avant-garde climax. Worth seeing for the pure energy of the last ten minutes, if nothing else.
Yeah, I think I caught the Wakamatsu bug. This one reminds me of Les carabiniers but much better than that shit-fest. It almost makes me feel like a terrorist to enjoy this movie but then again, it doesn't glorify the anarchists. Actually, there's a great level of satire. Even terrorists have to deal with soap opera drama!