Mitsuru Meike's THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI (HANAI SACHIKO NO KAREI NA SHÔGAI), w/ Emi Kuro
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Thanks to Twitch's own logboy for bringing to my attention the fact that Mitsuru Meike's The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (Hanai Sachiko no karei na shôgai) - an extended version of his Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice (Hatsujô kateikyôshi: sensei no aijiru) - is scheduled to be released on sale DVD (ULD-296; NTSC, region 2, English subtitles) in Japan by Inter Film Y.K. (Y.K. Intâ Firumu) on April 28th; the DVD is being distributed by Uplink Y.K. (Y.K. Appurinku).
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is scheduled to be screened at the 15th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) on April 1st at 7:30 p.m. and April 4th at 5:00 p.m.. Shin-Tôhô Eiga K.K. and Kokuei K.K. released it theatrically in Japan on November 26th of last year; they released Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice theatrically in Japan on October 14, 2003.
As was previously reported here and there on Twitch, the screenplay for The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai was written by Takao Nakano, who also wrote the screenplay for Minoru Kawasaki's Kabuto-O Beetle (Kabuto-Ô Bîtoru). Nakano himself directed Mikosurihan gekijô: namashibori sûpâ DX, Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy (Kiseichû: kirâ pusshî), Queen Bee Honey (Bikyonyû kosupure senshi: Kuinbî Hanî), Sumo Vixens (Hana no onna sumô), and the ExorSister (Chô-yôma densetsu Uratsuki-dôji) tetralogy.
The principal cast of The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is as follows: Emi Kuroda, Kyôko Hayami, Kanae Mizuhara, Takeshi Itô, Yukijirô Hotaru, Tetsuaki Matsue, Yôta Kawase, Setsuhiko Kobayashi (a.k.a. Takahiko Kobayashi), Agusai Reza (romanization of katakanization), Kikujirô Honda, Masataka Matsubara, Masayoshi Nogami (a.k.a. Seigi Nogami; he has been in at least four of Daisuke Yamanouchi's movies: Zetsurin gifu: shonanoka no wafuku niizuma, Benriya kaseifu: kagi no ana kara, Uzuku gibo to musume: nekojita kurabe, and Yumeno Maria: chô-inran onna no shiseikatsu), Shinji Kubo, Yûji Motoi, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Hotaru Hazuki (Haduki Hotaru; she was in Daisuke Yamanouchi's Benriya kaseifu: kagi no ana kara), Yoshimi Kinuta, and Yûichi Ishikawa.
Here's a description of The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai from the PFF website: "The only Japanese sex film that manages to combine explicit sequences of carnal lust with discourses on existentialism and a satire on the Bush administration, this movie is an absolute riot.
Young director Mitsuru Meike only had to make a typical Japanese 'pink film' - a softcore sex movie with the requisite number of carnal unions to satisfy the perv contingency. But he had other ideas up his sleeve, and after Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai was initially released in an hour-length, sex-driven variant (receiving acclaim even in that incarnation), Meike recut this full-length director's version - and in the process, delivered the most bizarre cinematic socio-political critique imaginable: picture a skinflick directed by Godard and the 'South Park' boys, and you'd only be about halfway there. Prostitute Sac[h]iko Hanai is accidentally shot in the head during a yakuza skirmish in a restaurant, but the wound acts as a sort of trepanation, turning her into a genius capable of complex dissertations on metaphysics, existentialism, and the work of Noam Chomsky, which causes her to be hired as the amorous tutor to a professor's teenage son. But it turns out that the mysterious cylinder coveted by the gangsters contains a severed finger that is a clone of the finger of George W. Bush, which North Korea wants to launch a nuclear attack. But the Bush finger has a mind (and levitation powers) of its own, and wishes to penetrate Sachiko ('I do not need the U.N.'s permission to invade!') through orifices both vaginal and cranial, just as a gangster attempts to retrieve the severed digit to aid in the unification of North and South Korea. This is actually even more difficult to describe - and even more hilarious and outlandish - than one could possibly envision, and if you've even wondered what Fahrenheit 9/11 might look like with semen facials and an a cappella Japanese rendition of our national anthem, have we got the smut film for you. Astonishing."
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The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai trailer (streaming Windows Media)
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai official webpage
Twitch: The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai stills (10 JPEGs)
Twitch: Review of The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai
PFF: The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai
Midnight Eye: Review of Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice
Japanese Movie Database: Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice