Friday, March 18, 2011

Marital Bliss Nikkatsu-style

If you're ever teetering on the brink... If you've come to what seems like a dead end and suicide is looking sweet... If you truly believe that you have nothing to live for... at least live for this...

This amazing Japanese poster for Newlywed Hell (Nizuma jigoku; '75) is truly one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

It evokes a world, a feeling, a milieu, that fills me with wonder and optimism.

The Japanese maiden is a true beauty, of course, so there's no mystery as to why she plays a major role in the transporting process of this image... but it is the graphic addition of her in the boat that sends my senses into hyperdrive..

 Why? I'm not so sure. But I do love lakes and rivers and islands and small, human-powered watercraft.
Place a partially bound beauty in one of these and you have erotic nirvana.

Released in 1975 by Nikkatsu (of course!), the film, which is a little too protracted for my tastes, stars Naomi Tani as a young wife who leaves her husband and travels to the town where she was born. There, she is educated in the ways of the rope by an eager miscreant (several actually), and begins a relationship with a gentleman who is already spoken for. Despite the off-kilter pacing, it's a rich erotic treat. And...there is a river, and a boat, and the film is very nicely shot.

Based on a story by Oniroku Dan, whose work is always S/M-oriented but not (usually) story-focused, it is a step up on previous works based on his novels. Director Akira Kato built a substantial filmography with Nikkatsu and demonstrates a deft hand with the erotics.

Unfortunately, the Geneon disk does not use this artwork and has no English subtitles, but the quality of the film transfer is above par.


  1. "argu-GIRL-t" ! ! !. Sometimes my murderous homo-phobia scares even me.

  2. jervaise brooke hamsterMarch 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Phantom, i read your com-girl-t over on Soiled Sinema's interveiw with Jorg Buttgereit but if you`re not offended by "so-called" necrophilia why are you offended by "so-called" pedophilia ?, after all they are both set to completely take over when "THE TIME OF SEXUAL REPRESSION" comes to an end with-in the next couple of decades so why be "supposedly" offended by one and not the other.

  3. Yes nothing like a little kinbaku in the evening. Great poster depiction!

  4. Saludos desde Venezuela, muy emotivo tu blog....

  5. Aka -- no argument here, Aka.


    julian6319 -- Gracias, amigo mío. Las emociones son lo que nos hace humanos.