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4.0 out of 5 stars Eating out with Issei
A strange one. The packaging of this film gave me absolutely no idea what was going to happen and in retrospect was totally incongruous to the celluloidal (hidden) 'truths'. Expectations regarding this film were based upon my understanding of the 'Pink Japan' genre as little more than soft-porn-as-art, however I was pleasantly surprised. A difficult, convoluted narrative...
Published on 13 Jun 2002 by Mr. David Chapman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Classy piece of Japanese pink cinema
A product of Japan's 'pink cinema' - low budget, shot inside a week, short (60 minutes), released on the Japanese porn circuit. The concept of 'porn', however, needs some qualification - this is no run of the mill, grunt and grind blue movie. There is a lot of nudity, and the film is highly charged erotically, but there are no shots of penetration or ejaculation...
Published on 9 Mar 2005 by Budge Burgess


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3.0 out of 5 stars Classy piece of Japanese pink cinema, 9 Mar 2005
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Bedroom [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
A product of Japan's 'pink cinema' - low budget, shot inside a week, short (60 minutes), released on the Japanese porn circuit. The concept of 'porn', however, needs some qualification - this is no run of the mill, grunt and grind blue movie. There is a lot of nudity, and the film is highly charged erotically, but there are no shots of penetration or ejaculation. The imagery is more cerebral than blatant.
What you get is a low budget movie - hand held camera, limited lighting, small cast, no money spent on locations, costumes, special effects, etc. It is a straight forward concept movie - the director/screenwriter had an idea and filmed it. "The Bedroom" contains the seed of an excellent idea and achieves a level of sophistication not normally associated with such rapidly shot material. Or maybe the sophistication is the result of shortage of editing resources? Maybe the enigmatic feel is an accident?
The plot - and there is one - follows the exploits of a young woman whose sister has apparently committed suicide. Aided by the discovery of some video footage, she exposes a world of sex and drugs and video cameras into which her sister had strayed.
The drug, here, is a potent sleeping tablet - Halcion - designed to relax people in the IT industry. This has become a gateway to a form of unconscious eroticism - you fall asleep, someone, some stranger, has bizarre sex with you while you sleep. But our heroine simulates sleep and stays awake to experience what is happening ... and what might have been happening to her sister. As she explores this extraordinary world, and her own sexuality in the process, she uncovers the truth about her sister's death.
It's a good concept. There is a seriously good plot device here with great potential. Its exploitation, however, is a bit disjointed and uneven, hence my query about the editing. A more professional approach might have tightened up the plot a little; had it been thought through, this could have been a seriously good, enigmatic (not to mention weird) movie. As it is, it's interesting and quite absorbing. Very erotic in places, it also stimulates the mind.
But a word of warning. The subtitles! In places the translation leaves a little bit to be longed after. But, in a number of places, the subtitles are lost against the background, and it can be frustrating stopping and starting the film as you try to wind back and catch what has just been said. Again, you feel that with a little bit of forethought (rather than foreplay), this could have been remedied. I'll give this three stars for effort ... but it could have achieved four or more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating out with Issei, 13 Jun 2002
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Mr. David Chapman (newport wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bedroom [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A strange one. The packaging of this film gave me absolutely no idea what was going to happen and in retrospect was totally incongruous to the celluloidal (hidden) 'truths'. Expectations regarding this film were based upon my understanding of the 'Pink Japan' genre as little more than soft-porn-as-art, however I was pleasantly surprised. A difficult, convoluted narrative allows a neo-psychedelic trip into murder and sexual deviance. But, I would NOT describe this as a drug movie - rather a psychosexual drama that develops, and then exceeds, horror conventions. The tension between the actors - due to recording under severe time and money restrictions - is used to create a claustrophobic and giddily effective (and affective) mind-piece. (Not least by the inclusion of Tokyo's own cannibal extraordinaire Issei Sagawa, who adds a credible menace to the celluloid depravity.)
The filming is exceptional in that the disorientation of both the cast and the viewer/voyeur intermingle to create a frightening sense of temporal and spatial disorder. Don't expect a single-layered, formulaic thriller-by-numbers. This film operates in multiples, in pluralities; the narrative is multidirectional, demanding more from the viewer than the usual passive, slack-jawed osmosis response (this DEFINITELY ain't Hollywood, Toto).
An amalgamation of curious Alice in Wonderland stylings with dark atrophied narrative structures. Sexual hell.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Issei Sagawa: a cannibal in his real life!, 31 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Bedroom [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Issei Sagawa....do you know him? He is an actor in this film and a cannibal in his real life.Remember this if you buy this dvd. Go and find news about him. This is life and justice: no prison for a murderer but books,a film and a job as a journalist!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't do it for me, 16 Aug 2007
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This review is from: The Bedroom [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Rented this to see what Japanese "pink" cinema was all about. Frankly I'm unimpressed. Plot only vaguely interesting (agree with another reviewer about the difficulty in reading subtitles). Sex/nudity unstimulating.
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