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932 Ratings

Wet Woman in the Wind

Kaze ni nureta onna

Directed by Akihiko Shiota
Japan, 2016
  • Japanese
  • English


One afternoon, Shiori, a very sexually active young woman working in a café, is riding her bicycle and cuts off Kosuke, who is pulling a two-wheeled cart. Once a recognized playwright, Kosuke now lives a quiet life in a mountain hut, far away from the city, in the hope of escaping his past.

Our take

Nikkatsu is rebooting its legendary Roman Porno series, giving different directors creative freedom in exchange for thriftiness and a healthy dose of sex. The first of these softcore art films (or arty softcore films, if you wish!), is Akihiko Shiota’s slapstick comedy, a breezily playful delight.

Wet Woman in the Wind Directed by Akihiko Shiota
The opportunity to tackle other challenges has clearly come back with Wet Woman in the Wind, its adult, always amusing battle of attraction and repulsion played out in ever more hilarious variations, from Kumashiro-like songs through deadpan dialogue (notably with a “totally badass” surfer) or puzzling and curious cuckold interludes to the choreographed chair fight. Of course, this includes ever wilder sex, habitually practiced even while working, phoning, or eating—it becomes the art of life.
September 27, 2016
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Shiota’s film was a triumph of spontaneity and freedom within tight production and budget constraints, a lively box of surprises reinventing classic screwball tropes with a dose of subversive Marx Brothers anarchy injected into the proceedings, thanks to Yuki Mamiya’s spot-on performance as a vixen waitress that throws into disarray the quiet life of a reformed womanizing playwright.
August 19, 2016
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It’s a curious proposition—a formal genre exercise with energy to spare, and a cheerfully dirty mind… It’s an astonishingly athletic performance from both Mamiya and Nagaoka, and an absurdly enjoyable film.
August 12, 2016
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