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Blue Film Woman

Theatrical poster for Blue Film Woman (1969)
Directed by Hiroshi Mukai[1]
Produced by Daisuke Asakura
Written by Yutaka Sō
Starring Mitsugu Fujii
Cinematography Masayuki Hamano
Distributed by Kokuei
Release date(s) January 1969
Running time 80 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Blue Film Woman (ブルーフィルムの女 Burū firumu no onna ?) is a 1969 Japanese pink film directed by Hiroshi Mukai.

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Synopsis

After his investments in the stock market fail, a man goes in serious debt to a lecherous loan-shark named Uchiyama. The man's wife hires herself to Uchiyama to buy time for the husband to pay off the debt. Their daughter works as a nightclub dancer and call girl, intending to save the money to help with the debt. After Uchiyama uses the wife to provide companionship for his mentally-impaired son, she is hit by a car, and the man kills himself. Their daughter, instead of paying the debt, now decides to get revenge.[2]

Cast

  • Mitsugu Fujii
  • Ichirō Furuoka
  • Miki Hashimoto
  • Keisuke Kawahigashi
  • Rika Koyanagi
  • Reo Mizumori
  • Kumi Ōsugi
  • Shūsuke Sone
  • Takako Uchida

Background

Because 3.5 million yen was the budget imposed on works in the pink film genre, an all-color production had been beyond the means of directors in the 1960s. Some films had been shot partially in color, using color only for certain scenes, a practise that would continue until Nikkatsu took over the genre with its Roman porno series in 1971.[3] Blue Film Woman was one of the first all-color pink films. Jasper Sharp writes that director Mukai's use of color in this film appears to be "making up for lost time, exploding into its super-saturated hues from the very first frame... flooded with prismatic blotches of primary reds and blues and silhouettes of naked female bodies - not unlike a more lysergically-inspired version of a Bond movie credit sequence." The style continues, Sharp writing that the film as a whole is a "highly stylised piece."[4]

Availability and critical reception

Blue Film Woman is one of the only pink films from its era to survive in a 35mm format.[2] It made its U.S. debut in September 2008, with a new print screened at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.[2][5] After the viewing, twitchfilm.net judged that it is, "a great example of early pinku eiga that deserves to be seen."[2] Its Canadian debut was at the FanTasia International Film Festival.[3]

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Notes

  1. ^ Infobox data from "ブルーフィルムの女" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1969/cs000210.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-22.   and Burû firumu no onna (1969) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d Perkins, Rodney (2008-09-23). "BEHIND THE PINK CURTAIN Retrospective: Kan Mukai’s BLUE FILM WOMAN". twitchfilm.net. http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/fantastic-fest-2008-kan-mukais-blue-film-woman/. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  
  3. ^ a b "Blue Film Woman". www.fantasiafestival.com. http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2009/en/films/film_detail.php?id=46. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  
  4. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.  
  5. ^ Sharp, Jasper. "Pink thrills: Japanese sex movies go global". The Japan Times. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ff20081204r1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-21.  







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