Office Love: Behind Closed Doors (1985) – By Duane L. Martin

Reiko is a powerful private secretary at a firm that puts together holiday travel packages. How did she get that job? Well, there’s two reasons. First, she was knocked up by the son of the owner of the company, and when he left her high and dry as a single mom with a daughter, the owner paid her off and gave her that job. The second reason she’s got that job is because basically she’s a whore. She’s doing the executives and their clients and pretty much anyone she feels like. The’s a shy guy in her office who has a crush on her and he’d really like to marry her, but she’s too wrapped up in being a whore to change her lifestyle.

This film was more maddening than anything else. Throughout the whole movie you really want to feel sorry for Reiko having to live the life that she does just to support her and her daughter, but in the end it turns out that she really is just a whore and doesn’t seem to want any kind of a better life for herself. Some may argue that maybe she didn’t feel worthy of a better life after the things she’d had to do, but as far as I could see, she was what she was and didn’t didn’t have any desire to change. The weird part was that she genuinely loved her daughter, yet she’d leave her alone to be out screwing all these guys.

The story and the acting in the film were decent, and the sex was ok. Probably the hottest sex scene in the film was the three way between her ex that knocked her up and left her and the guy who had a crush on her. That was actually one of the hotter sex scenes I’ve seen in these Nikkatsu films, but is it strong enough to warrant a recommendation? I’m not sure.

Like I said, the story can be quite aggravating at times, especially when she uses the guy who had a crush on her. It really makes all sympathy you’d feel for her fly right out the window, and I think overall, that was the biggest problem with this film. She should have been a sympathetic character, but in the end she just wasn’t. Every time there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for her, she’d do something to make you disgusted with her again. If she had been someone you could really pull for, it would have made the film far more enjoyable. As it is, the only people you really feel sorry for are the guy who has a crush on her and her daughter.

I can’t really decide whether to recommend this one or not. It’s put together well and the acting and the sex are both pretty solid, but the story…I don’t know. I have mixed feelings about this one, so I guess I’ll just have to leave it at that.

Like all the Nikkatsu releases, this one has liner notes from Japanese film historian Jasper Sharp.

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