Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DVD Review: SEX HUNTER: 1980 (1980)

SEX HUNTER: 1980 (1980) 
Label: Impulse Pictures
Region Code: 1 NTSC
Duration: 68 minute
Rating: Unrated 
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Toshiharu Ikeda
Cast: Erina Miyai, Ayako Oota, Teruo Matsuyama

A young ballet dancer named Miki (Ayako Ohta) gains notice of a young and very attractive dance instructor named Kaibara (Erina Miyai) who  invites the young dancer to her mansion/private academy. Once inside the young woman is treated to a recital from Kainara's students and is asked to join the private academy. Afterwards the teacher undresses in front of the young woman with the assistance of  Headmaster Kel and then pours Miko a strange liquor which immediately sends her head swimming, Ms. Kaibara then attempts to seduce Miki who runs into the next room where she happens upon the dancers from the recital who are now entwined like a four-headed beast in an orgy of young flesh. Dizzy and not-quite-herself young Miki is seduced by the erotic-spell of Ms. Kaibara.

After the initial awkwardness of the situation Miki is game to her teachers sex games, that is until she is passed off to Headmaster Kel (Rei Aso) who robs her of her virginity while she's forced to watch in a mirror. He then ties her up performig some kinky rope bondage before greasing her up for more carnality... and then come the soda enemas.

You heard right, Headmaster Kel shoves six fizzy long necks of cola right up her snatch one after the other before hoisting her up on a rope and pulley while forcing her to hold in the frothy mixture.  Miki is swinging like a pinata in the air until she finally erupts in a carbonated geyser of fizzy lifting drinks. Slowly but surely the young woman is transformed from an unwilling participant into a sex-puppet begging for it, literally sucking toes for just a taste of sexual debasement. That seems to be the theme here, the corruption of innocence and beauty transformed through humiliation and sexual degradation and the filmmaker doesn;t pull any punches either.

You get a taste of nearly every fetish you would care to imagine with few stones left unturned. We have a bit of foot-fucking, rope bondage, double-teamed on a swing, tragic wheelchair sex, whipping, urine drinking, cum transferred mouth-to-mouth and incest, of course, there must be incest.

As unflinching and brutal as the film can be it's gorgeously shot with scope cinematography and stylish composition that seems to riffs a bit on Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) if the private academy was run by a perverse headmistress instead of witches, there are also some nice architectural flourishes and colored lighting that brought to mind  that particular Argento classic.

Sex Hunter: 1980 arrives on DVD from Impulse Pictures with an anamorphic widescreen (2:35:1) presentation with a great looking transfer sourced from a very nice print. A very crisp image with vibrant colors, this release definitely deserves a Blu-ray. The Japanese language Dolby Digital 2.0 sounds nice with balanced levels and optional English subtitles. Special features are limited to a trailer and booklet with liner notes from film scholar Jasper Sharp - which was absent from the screener sent for review.

This one's a dark slice of  erotic cinema that comes across as a sex-infused version of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) and the end result is a satisfying and gorgeous slice of exploitation cinema with excellent performances from the cast. 3.5 Outta 5