Angel Guts: Red Porno (1981) – By Duane L. Martin

Angel Guts: Red Porno (original Japanese title Tenshi no harawata: Akai inga) is about a girl named Nami who works a respectable job at a department store, but was misled into doing a porn photo shoot by a friend of hers. The magazine came out and was a smash and became their best selling issue.

While Nami tries to avoid the notoriety she’s gotten for her appearance in the magazine, she starts having an affair with a married man who works with her at the store. She hopes that he’ll leave his wife, but in the end he only uses the magazine to blackmail her into letting him come for sexual visits to her apartment. When she refuses, he shows the magazine to the department manager and gets her fired.

Then there’s the misunderstood guy, Mr. Muraki, who’s just lonely and wants to meet Nami and get to know her after he sees her in the magazine. Unfortunately, by the time he does get her to meet him for a date, other events end up getting in the way. He lives in an apartment that’s surrounded with nosy neighbors and has often watched a neighbor’s daughter masturbate in front of her open window. After a rash of panty thefts and obscene phone calls, the neighbors all start thinking it’s him that’s doing it all, and when the neighbor’s daughter is brutally killed, raped and urinated on by a scruffy old bum who was probably in his late 50’s, the neighbors all assume it’s Muraki even though he wasn’t even around when it happened. When he finally shows up and is walking towards his apartment, one of the neighbors shoots him.

That’s basically the story. There wasn’t really a whole lot to this film as far as story goes. It was more just a showpiece for kinky masturbation scenes, voyeurism and intense sexual situations. The thing that was different about this film though is that where the other films focused more on the rape scenes, this one really didn’t. There was only one real rape and one sexual encounter that started out as a rape but then turned into normal sex, and that was about it. While there wasn’t a lot of story involved here, the movie was enjoyable on the level that it was supposed to be enjoyed at. Some of the female masturbation scenes were really hot and steamy, and what there was of the story was well played out by the actors involved. The cinematography really helped this film out as well. The varying camera angles, the use of night scenes, shadows and the various locations they used all led to a film that was visually interesting despite the lack of story.

Coming in at only 67 minutes, this film is short when compared with the others in the series. To be honest though, I think it would have been pointless to lengthen it because the only thing they could have really done is to focus more on the misunderstood guy so we could see a little more into his character and background. While again I’ll say this series isn’t for everyone, for those that are into Japanese “pink” films, this one hits the mark pretty well. The women are attractive, the sexual situations are pretty hot, and you were actually able to care about some of the characters. While not a masterpiece of cinematic art, Angel Guts: Red Porno is a film that takes a look at some of people’s most private sexual moments as well as their insecurities. It also shows us how people who have sexual desires that don’t fit with the views of what’s “normal” as determined by the self righteous moralists out there, will cause normal, sexually healthy people to be looked down upon and treated as though they’re either criminals or degenerates. In that, I guess you could say that the whole part with Muraki being wrongfully accused of the rape and murder of the neighbor’s daughter, and Nami being fired for appearing in a porn magazine both make for a cutting socio-sexual commentary on society, showing how normal people’s lives can be adversely affected by those who consider themselves on a morally higher plane. As often is the case however, they’re usually worse than the people they pass judgement on.

This film’s deeper meanings may not come to you as you watch it, as they didn’t come to me right away, but as I go over what I saw in my head as I write this review, I realize how much more was really there. So if you see this film, try to look below the surface. You may find that this film delivers a lot more than you expected.

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