Nympho Diver: G-String Festival (1981) – By Duane L. Martin

A small fishing town in Japan has been down on their luck for a while now. Their main catch seems to be some kind of an oyster or abalone or something (I never did figure out what it was) that they have to dive for. Unfortunately, they only have one female diver, and the town really needs a boost. Finally, in order to pick things up, the mayor sends his son Nobuo to Tokyo to recruit some new, young female divers and bring them back to the village, hoping the young beauties will attract more visitors to the town. Nobuo sets out and returns with five young girls between the ages of 19 and 22, and then the fun begins. Ultimately, they end up reviving an old G-string festival to attract people and money to the town. The festival consists of a sort of a parade through the town with a giant penis statue and a giant vagina statue, which are eventually joined, and then the girls, who are all strung up in their G-strings, are the highlight of the festival. They’re supposed to catch some of whatever it is they catch and take it to the temple to celebrate the good catch. Oh, and there’s sex. Lots of it…all through the movie. This is a Nikkatsu Roman Porno film after all.

This series of Nikkatsu films from Synapse Films’ Impulse label have really grown on me. I started out generally not being all that crazy about these types of films, as often they just end up being boring and lacking in story. While not all of these Nikkatsu films have great stories, so far most of them have bene pretty decent. This one however…this one is my new favorite. Why? Because this one is funny. Not just a little funny here and there, but it’s quite funny throughout. Somtimes in an overtly comedic way, while at other times it more because of it being cheesy. Whatever can make you laugh is good with me, and this film is just genuinely fun.

The acting in the film is about what you’d expect from a film like this, but in that cheesy, good way that makes it entertaining. The girls vary in hotness from very hot to very average, but they’re all likeable and have nice bodies. There are some rather doofy characters in this film as well. The village priest for example is just a dirty old man looking to score with any hot young girl he can get his hands on. The mayor’s son is rather unattractive, but he seems to do well with the ladies. He proposed to one of the diver girls, but was secretly having sex with a village girl on the side, while having set with yet another woman that I can’t spoil here, because it’s kind of a surprise at the end. The mayor himself doesn’t start out as a dirty old man, but through the course of the film, he sure turns into one.

The scenery and the set design are beautiful in the film, although there is a rather disturbing scene of them cooking one of those live mollusks in the shell over an open fire. People with a weak stomach might want to fast forward through that bit. I really hate seeing things like that in films. I’ve noticed that older Asian and some European films didn’t seem to have a problem with throwing that kind of stuff in. I’m glad that’s something we’re not really seeing anymore in the modern films.

The sex in this film is far better than it has been in many of the previous releases in the series. Not only is it more fun, but the guys don’t look like a bunch of twitchy twelve years olds having sex fo the first time. There is some element of that, but not to the degree there has been in the previous releases. This film does however contain about three of the fakest looking oral sex scenes I’ve ever seen. The only way there was a penis involved in any of them is if it was no bigger than two inches long. I mean I know they can’t show genitalia in Japanese films, but at least they could have tried to make it look real.

All in all though, this film is fun, and more importantly, it doesn’t get boring. By the way, here’s something I learned from this film. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin said that thunder gets women excited…down there. Who knew!

There aren’t really any special features on the film itself, but like the others in the series, it does have newly translated English subtitles, and liner notes from film scholar, Jasper Sharp.

If you like Japanese sex films, and you like to have fun watching them, then this one’s got you covered. Of the series so far, this one gets my biggest and more heartfelt recommendation.

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.