Kuriyama and Midori are having a moonlight swim together in the school swimming pool. Afterward, an anonymous call to the school accuses him of violently assaulting her, which he was not guilty of. When his teacher, Miss Sakatani, talked to him about it, he got angry and threw her to the ground and left the school, eventually ending up in a beach side town where his bad attitude gets him beat up in front of a small bar. The bar owner and his wife take him in and give him a place to stay, and also include him in their sexual encounters. When it eventually comes out that Kuriyama was innocent, Miss Satkatani feels horrible about Kuriyama having to leave school over the allegations and wants to bring him back. Miss Sakatini isn’t exactly the innocent flower either. She’s having an affair with a married man, coincidentally, at the beach side town where Kuriyama is, which leads to her running into him and trying to convince him to come back to school. While all of this is going on, the Midori’s real stalker, and the guy who placed the phone call accusing Kuriyama of assaulting her, exposes himself one night while placing a random call to Midori, and after she chases him down and tries to assault her again, she attacks him and puts him in the hospital with a head wound. Now that the truth is coming out, is it too late to save Kuriyama? Maybe, or maybe not, but Miss Sakatani and Midori both learn a few life lessons in the process.
You know, it’s funny. Even though there were aspects of the whole Midori part of the story that weren’t all that clear, this was actually a more straightforward film than Synapse’s other Nikkatsu offering this month, She Cat. Not only that, but it presents a far more coherent story in a shorter running time.
As far as the Nikkatsu films go, this was actually one of the better ones. The story was easy to follow, the sex wasn’t too awful bad, it had some kinky situations with the wife sharing, and the characters seemed to have a bit more depth to them than you get in some of the other films.
While there is some rape in this film, it’s not a constant thing like it is in some of the others either. She cat was full of it, but this film only has one actual rape scene, and one attempted rape scene, but it tends to focus more on normal sexual situations. The wife sharing in particular was a great scene. You almost feel sorry for Kuriyama, because when it happens, he doesn’t really know what to do. It was the perfect awkward scene, and the perfect awkward reaction on his part. Most people, when thrown into a situation like that would probably react in a similar way, so it brought a level of realism to the screen that you don’t often see in these Nikkatsu films.
The acting was pretty standard for the series. If you’ve seen any of the Nikkatsu films, you’ll know what to expect. There aren’t any real surprises here as far as the level of acting talent.
This release includes newly translated English subtitles, the original theatrical trailer and liner notes from Japanese film scholar Jasper Sharp.
I’d say that out of all of the Nikkatsu films I’ve reviewed, this one is probably in my top three at the moment. Its quality with regard to the story, acting and sex are all a step above the more common entries in the series, or entries that go more for shock value than they do in their attempts to present a good story. So while the other film I reviewed from this series this month, She Cat, only got a mild recommendation, this one gets a much stronger one. If you’re starting out your collection of Nikkatsu films, or if you already have a collection, this is one you’ll definitely want to add to it sooner rather than later.
If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Synapse Films website here, and if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the DVD from Amazon, or from any of the other usual outlets.