'Porn' at Raindance: Mitsuru Meike's THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI - an extended version of hi

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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 screened at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England on September 30th. As was previously reported here on ScreenAnarchy, the movie had its international (i.e., outside-of-Japan) première at Nippon Connection in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on April 15th, and was screened at the 27th PIA Film Festival (PFF) in Tokyo, Japan on July 11th. Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice (Japanese Movie Database entry; PG entry) was released theatrically in Japan on October 14, 2003.

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's directing credits include 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) (viewer discretion is advised), 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 (he's also in Takaaki Hashiguchi's Kuchisake), Yukijirô Hotaru (he's also in Shinpei Hayashiya's Shinkaijû Reigô, and was in Takao Nakano's Queen Bee Honey (Bikyonyû kosupure senshi: Kuinbî Hanî)), Tetsuaki Matsue, Yôta Kawase, Setsuhiko Kobayashi (a.k.a. Takahiko Kobayashi), Agusai Reza (romanization of katakanization), Kikujirô Honda (he's also in Takaaki Hashiguchi's Kuchisake, and was in Takao Nakano's Mikosurihan gekijô: namashibori sûpâ DX), Masataka Matsubara, Masayoshi Nogami (a.k.a. Seigi Nogami; he was in Hideo Jôjô's Disappear (Shissô: boku ga kanojo o tojikometa wake), and 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 (a.k.a. Hotaru Haduki; she's also in Takaaki Hashiguchi's Kuchisake, and was in Takashi Motoki's P-KAN★couple (Pîkan fûfu) and Daisuke Yamanouchi's Benriya kaseifu: kagi no ana kara), Yoshimi Kinuta, and Yûichi Ishikawa.

Here's Jasper Sharp's synopsis of The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai from the page (see bottom of this article) for the movie on the website of the Raindance Film Festival: "Sachiko Hanai is a call girl specialising in role playing the type of lusty home tutor every adolescent boy dreams of having correct his homework. One day she inadvertently stumbles into a coffee shop interrupting some dodgy dealings. Tempers flare, guns are drawn and Sachiko finds herself in the path of a stray bullet that hits her bang in the centre of her forehead. Dazed and confused, she wanders into the streets, not noticing a mysterious metal canister being inserted into her handbag. Her attempts at dislodging the bullet with an eye-liner pencil set off a volley of flashing lights and strange images; suddenly Sachiko finds herself able to speak foreign languages and solve complex formulae, making her much in demand as a bona-fide tutor. Unfortunately, the cylinder contains a replica of the finger of the US president, whose fingerprint is capable of unleashing nuclear Armageddon. Sachiko soon begins to finds herself the subject of unprecedented international attention. Meike's sexy, anarchic, satirical romp was originally released into pink cinemas in a 65-minute version called Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice, but proved so popular that a 'director's cut' was prepared, featuring enough raunch, humour and weirdness to please all but the most po faced. The depiction of the current incumbent at the White House is particularly to be savoured."


Raindance: The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai

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Jasper SharpSeptember 21, 2005 12:36 PM

Don't forget the other great Japanese stuff playing at Raindance. The competition section alone features Go Shibata's LATE BLOOMER and Akihiko Shiota's CANARY, two of the best from this year, as well as Yutaka Tsuchiya's PEEP TV SHOW and this month's Midnight Eye Film of the Month, LITTLE WING. And the Kihachiro Kawamoto stop motion doll animations are definitely not to be missed!

stauffenSeptember 21, 2005 3:24 PM

You actually liked PEEP TV SHOW? I watched it last year at the Viennale. In my opinion it's unbearable crap. I liked Tsuchiya's docu NEW GOD, it's a bit too long but interesting.

One of the few things I remember from PEEP TV SHOW was this guy jerking off while watching the airplanes crashing into the WTC.

big kahunaSeptember 21, 2005 6:31 PM

sounds horrible

Todd BrownSeptember 21, 2005 8:26 PM

Is Canary worth a purchase, Jasper? I saw the DVD listed at YesAsia and it's got subtitles, so I'm tempted ...

Jasper SharpSeptember 21, 2005 9:03 PM

Well each to their own. PEEP TV SHOW certainly illicits strong reactions both for and against, but it is a bit more sophisticated than merely a series of shock images. I will leave it up to the individual viewer, but as far as exciting stuff coming out of Japan goes, I think the fact that a film like this gets made at all is a good sign for the future.

As for CANARY / KANARIA, personally I though it was great - as you can see from my favourable Midnight Eye review, though it does strike the odd duff note.

Basically the Raindance festival Japanese section represents my favourite releases from the past year or so (except the odd one we couldnt get), as well as the ones that Tony Rayns would never program for London Film Festival. It will be very interesting to see how well they go down in front of a London festival audience. Only a week to go to find out...

nittySeptember 21, 2005 9:17 PM

That plot sounds like something Ed Wood would think of.Which I'm sure in the right hands would be weird and cool.I will have a looksee if it ever becomes available on dvd.