Nurse Diary: Wicked Finger (1979) – By Duane L. Martin

Ryoko is a nurse, and recently she’s moved out of the nurse’s dorms and into her own little apartment. Why? Because she’s having an affair with a doctor who just happens to be married to a woman whose father is the head of the hospital. Needless to say, they need to keep it on the down low, or it could ruin both of their careers. Add into the mix a virgin neighbor who has a huge crush on her, an exhibitionist who comes in for medical checkups with said doctor just so she can flirt and show off her body…and her jealous husband, a vacuum cleaner, another young nurse who also has a crush on Ryoko and an encounter with a vacuum cleaner, and you have one crazy, humorous and very fun film.

Nurse Diary: Wicked Finger is another Japanese sex film released on Synapse’s Impulse Pictures label. Unlike many in the series however, this one is mostly a comedy, and it’s actually a whole lot of fun!

I think the one that that’s bothered me about a lot of these films, is that even though some of them are good, many are lacking in any sense of fun, and take themselves way too seriously. This particular film is far and away the most fun of any of the Nikkatsu films that have been released from Impulse, and their other release that coincided with this one, Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9 (also reviewed in this issue), was also quite fun.

Let’s face it. Softcore sex films, if they’re serious, are typically rather boring. Especially when you have that Japanese law about having to pixelize or blur out the private parts down below the waist. I don’t care how perverse you get with them, they’re just lacking something without being able to turn into a full on porn film. Take a film like this though and turn it into a comedy, and suddely that no longer matters, because the story becomes fun and all kinds of crazy stuff can happen.

For example, in this film, Ryoko’s neighbor is spying on her and trying to masturbate, yet he gets interrupted by his landlady who wants him to clean his apartment and gives him her vacuum cleaner. As soon as she leaves, you can imagine what he ends up with the vacuum cleaner, and yes, it gets stuck, and yes, he ends up in the hospital, and yes, it’s Ryoko’s doctor lover who has to treat him.

Another great scene has the doctor completely plastered on rubbing alcohol after his wife shows up and her and Ryoko get into a big fight. While he’s drunk, the exhibitionist girl comes in for a checkup, and he ends up having sex with her, which she gets all uppity about because he’s not supposed to do that. He’s just supposed to look. Later, her angry, goofball of a husband comes in looking for him, but when the drunken doctor goes to light a cigarette and ends up breathing fire instead, the tables are quickly turned.

There’s all kinds of silliness in this film, along with some cute girls and a surprisingly coherent story. Of all of the Nikkatsu sex films I’ve reviewed so far, this one is far and away my favorite. I even watched it a second time with my wife a few days later just because it was so much fun, and she enjoyed it as well.

For special features, this release includes newly translated Japanese subtitles, liner notes from Japenese film scholar Jasper Sharp, the original theatrical trailer and reversible cover art.

Of the entire Nikkatsu collection that Impulse has released so far, this one gets my absolute highest recommendation. If you’re going to start collecting this series, start with this one. It’s just a whole lot of fun.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s page on the Synapse Films website here. 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.