Sex Hunter 1980 (1980) – By Duane L. Martin

Akiko, the owner of a high class dance academy approaches a young, talented ballet dancer named Miki, who also used to be the lover of Akiko’s brother Genichiro who disappeared suddenly a few years earlier, and asks her to join her school. As it turns out however, the school is little more than a sexual playground for Akiko, the students and one instructor who delights in coming up with sexual tortures to inflict upon the girls until they give in to his will.

Akiko didn’t really want Miki there to learn to dance however. Her real plan involved turning Miki into a sexual deviant who can’t live without men so she could show her now crippled brother that he should forget about her and move on with his life.

This film is just a mess. The story is horrible, the sexual situations are ridiculous and the behavior of the main girl, Miki, is so outside of anything normal as to be little more than a joke.

Now, that sounds harsh and I meant it to. Miki doesn’t hardly fight any of what’s going on during any part of the film. The second anyone touches her in any sexual way whatsoever, she turns into a quivering mess on the verge of orgasm and just goes along with whatever’s happening to her. That doesn’t play well at all within the context of the story. It would have played far better if she had struggled each time and been forced to submit. At least then it would have been realistic.

The male instructor at the school never actually teaches anything. I’m not sure what his real role there is supposed to be, so I just call him an instructor. Hell, I’m not even sure what his name was, or if it was even said at all. If it was, I didn’t catch it. In any case, this guy’s purpose for being there seems to involve nothing more than having sex with and sexually torturing the girls. Other than that, he doesn’t seem to have any purpose there at all. I thought he might be having an affair with Akiko, but that never materialized, so I was left rather clueless.

Then there’s the typhoon that blows up out of nowhere at the end, busting the windows open with high winds allowing torrential sheets of rain to flood into the room while lightning exploded outside. Wow…just, wow.

The only really redeeming qualities this film has are that some of the sex is actually pretty decent, and the story line with the brother is semi-coherent. The rest of it all just feels like little more than an excuse to show girls being sexually manipulated and tortured.

Some of these Nikkatsu films are fun, like the other film I reviewed in this issue, Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers. Some are like this one. Overly serious, bad story and sex scenes that are designed more to shock than to be erotic, which is kind of hard to do when that ridiculous Japanese law forces them to blur out the genital area.

For special features, this new release from Impulse Pictures includes newly translated English subtitles, the original theatrical trailer and liner notes from Japanese film scholar Jasper Sharp.

If you like the Nikkatsu films and want to keep your collection complete, then pick yourself up a copy. Even though I personally didn’t care much for this one, there are certainly one or two in the series that are worse, and this one does have a few redeeming qualities. It’s not horrible to the point where I’d say avoid it like the plague, but not really good enough to where I’d recommend it.

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.