Debauchery (1985) – By Duane L. Martin

Ami seems to have the perfect life. She’s got money, she’s married to a nice doctor who loves her very much, and everything is going her way. So why does it feel like something’s always missing? When a friend of her husband’s (who she can’t stand by the way) mentions that he’s been to a whorehouse and that even bored housewives work there part time to add some spice to their life, Ami takes the bait and heads on over. After talking to the woman who runs the place, she agrees to start slow, working just a day or two a week.

Her first customer is a beast of a man. He brutally rapes her, forces her to do painful things, and satisfies his every animalistic impulse with her. When it was over, rather than being upset, she had finally discovered what she had been missing, but she also felt ashamed about what she was feeling. She wanted to be a slave to men. To have violent, hard sex with them. This is what she needed, and this is what she would have as she continued working there. Bondage, whips, anal beads, lesbian sex….it’s all there to fulfill her needs and desires as one random customer after another has their way with her. Will she ever be able to go back to living a nice quiet life with her husband, or will this new life she’s found consume her utterly?

This is one of two Nikkatsu film collection films I received to review this month from Impulse, a subsidiary title of Synapse that releases these types of films. I had never heard of the Nikkatsu films before, though fellow writer Josh Samford had. He said he really dug their movies. Going into it, I figured it would just be another softcore sex film, but I was wrong. This film, and the other I’ll be reviewing called Sex Hell, both have some really hard stuff in them, but this one in particular is just brutal. I don’t mean that to sound like that’s a bad thing, because in this movie, the sexual brutality and humiliation totally sells the story, and makes you understand the true depths of what this girl wants and needs.

While the numerous sex and humiliation scenes don’t leave a lot of room for actual story, oddly enough it still feels like there’s a complete story there. I did appreciate the fact that the movie was only 70 minutes long though. I think if it had been longer things would have felt like they were dragging more and more the longer it went on past that, but at 70 minutes, the run time was perfect.

While hard and brutal, the sex scenes in this film are very well done, and get into a variety of things that other sex films rarely, if ever, do. Things like Ami having anal beats roughly forced into her, beatings with a strap that look viciously real, etc…. There’s a sense of realism here that makes it feel like far more than just your typical softcore porn flick. If you like these types of movies, this is one that you’ll definitely want to take a look at. The story works, the sex works, and in my opinion, it really stands out in its genre.

This release from Impulse includes newly translated English subtitles, the original theatrical trailer, and liner notes from Japanese film scholar, Jasper Sharp.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s page on the Synapse Films website here, and if you want to pick yourself up a copy, you can order it from Synapse or you can order yourself a copy from Amazon here.