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NIKKATSU ROMAN PORNO Trailer Collection

Anyone who knows anything about Japanese films has HAD to have heard of the Nikkatsu movie studio, for it is Japan’s oldest major movie studio, and Nikkatsu is an abbreviation for Nippon Katsudō Shashin, which literally means Japan Cinematograph Company. The company has made films from all genres from urban youth dramas to samurai films to comedy, but during the ’70s and ’80s they only made a genre of film known as Roman Porn (short for Romance Porn). Nikkatsu decided to focus on Roman Porn (similar to Pink Films but with mainstream actresses and much larger budgets and production values) to make some money and keep the studio successful and continue to make money. In Japan around ’71, television was becoming much more popular than movies so in order to continue making profits Nikkatsu decided to go where the money and profits have always been and started selling sex which turned out to be their Roman Porn. Until 1988, Nikkatsu released over 1,000 of these films which were aimed entirely at the adult film market with various plots, styles, and genres. Impulse Pictures will be releasing over 25 of these Roman Porno films from Nikkatsu and this dvd is just something to whet your appetite for some good ol’ sexploitation Japanese style!

As I see it, the porn industry has pretty much always been a business that has reaped millions of dollars, or equivalent to millions of dollars depending on the time period, in most modern cultures. Sex and violence have always been big sellers, whether on television, in the movie theaters, in a paperback book, or even on the 6 o’clock news. Sex and violence are pure sensationalism and I find it no surprise that Nikkatsu chose to make more than 10 years or “romance porn” to keep their studio from sinking and going under. The Roman Porn films focused heavily on sex, violence, S&M, and romance but the films I enjoyed the most were the ones that were really offbeat and, well, pretty damn foreign!

In shaking her down for loose change, he decides to grab a snack

Generally, there was a lot of rape, sadism, masochism, rough sex, hard loving, and overall acts of physical abuse and general degradation depicted in many of the films, but all of this low-brow subject matter was backed up by one of the biggest movie studios in Japan so the sets, actors, actresses, cinematographers, and budgets were far greater than the average adult feature one would find in the movies or, back then, on videotape. These movies looked really good and had some great plots, usually mixed in with gratuitous sex and violence. Interestingly enough, some of the films were sex comedies or art house flicks, but the underlying theme to most of them was pure sexploitation, in the truest sense of the word. These female characters in most every film were completely exploited on the big screen by sadistic businessman, horny teenagers, or absolute perverts in some of the finest and most sordid plots one can imagine.

Featured on the Nikkatsu Roman Porno Trailer Collection are 38…count em…38 full-length trailers as well as 19 original trailers on the dvd. Included with the large number of trailers is a bonus short film that runs about 30 minutes entitled Ryoko’s Lesbian Flight, shot in HD and presented in full-screen that really just gives one a taste of Roman Porn.

Roman Pornos would not be what they are without some nurses in em!

I think what Impulse Pictures is doing by putting out this teaser of sorts of Roman Porn trailers is very smart. Of the 30 trailers, I counted at least half of them that were films I really wanted to check out and see in their entirety. Films with such incredibly unique and, at times, hilarious titles such as I Love it from Behind!, Nurses Dormitory: Assey Fingers, Pearl Divers: Tight Shellfish, Sex Fiend, Female Gymnastics Instructor: Jump & Straddle, Wet Lips, Nympho Diver: G-String Festival, and probably the most bizarre title with such a gloomy outlook: Rape Across the Drenched Wasteland. That last title gives me visions of Max from The Road Warrior going on a raping-spree across the desolate island of Japan, raping any women that he happens to come across. Rape is no laughing matter, but since so many films in  the Roman Porn genre have many acts of rape portrayed throughout the film, it almost seems commonplace.

I found that the best aspect to the Roman Porno films is the subtitles that sometimes get grossly mistranslated for American audiences. While watching the trailers I decided to take notes, as the trailers are listed alphabetically on the back of the dvd box but grouped together by similar genres or subject matter (not all the films focus on rape and violence). Some of my favorite quotes from dialogue and descriptions of the films were for Sex Hunter: Wet Target in which the film is described as a “Roman Porno bullet“! I am not sure if that is a euphemism for ejaculation but it sure sounds like something of that nature. But in I Love it from Behind!, I found there to be the greatest amount of dildos I have seen in less than three minutes in any trailer or film of any kind. The trailer was simply fake-penis crazy! The line of the night went to the trailer for Oh! Women: Dirty Songs, occurring between two ladies who are bathing together. They get to the topic of each other’s bush. Apparently one woman had a very thick bush and the other had a very thin bush. When the thick bushed woman said, “Mine is thick. It’s bad.” the other woman responded, “Why? Mine is thin and leaves less to the imagination.” (Apparently the thin bushed woman did not want her goods revealed any earlier than they had to be!) To this, the other woman replies, “Men cut their dicks on my bush!

Sadly, readers cannot do just that!

That last line of dialogue had me rolling with laughter but just when I thought the scenarios and plots briefly ran through in quick trailers could reach no higher plateau of hilariousness and pure absurdity, I watched the trailer for Painful Bliss! A Surprise Twist in which the film revolves around a tranny, a yakuza gang member, and a prostitute. Now that is entertainment, folks.

As for the short film, it was your average run-of-the-mill short about two airline stewardesses who dyke it up at one’s apartment with some scissor-action, get interrupted by the “straight” girl’s boyfriend,  and then the lesbian masturbates while the other gets boned by her man. Sadly, I think this exact scenario happens much more than we realize! Only some slight sarcasm there, folks. All in all, I had a blast watching the trailers that ran for just over a full hour, plus a thirty minute short sample of what consists of a Roman Porno, minus the large sets and big budgets.

I really recommend getting this trailer dvd to get a sense of what is out there. You may be surprised at some of the movies they made in that time period-I certainly was! I look forward to what of these 38 titles Impulse Pictures will decide to put out on dvd first.