AntiPorno (2016) Review

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“The cinematographical lyricism – poetics by movement and poetics by the signifier – (…) masterly isolates the problematic nature of male sexual enjoyment and the hypocrite situation of a male-dominant society professing freedom.”

Introduction 

Given Sion Sono’s track record of creating movies that turn around sexuality (Guilty of Romance (2011)) and aggression (Suicide circle (2002)), and investigate, often poetically, human nature and society, it should not have come as a surprise that Nikkatsu invited Sono to create a roman-porno to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno label.

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Wet Woman in The wind (2016) Review

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“(…) uncovers the very silliness men can attain in the field of the sexual (…) [and] shows (…) that only women can go beyond that manly silliness (…) and have a victorious freedom.”

Introduction

When Nikkatsu was facing bankruptcy in 1971, a shift from action to sexploitation narratives, labeled as Roman Porno, became their saviour. In the years that followed more than 800 titles were produced until May 1988, when the competition of the straight-to-video pornography and the increasing popularity of television put an end to the label.

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