ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
All That, prominent Pinku Eiga (Pink Film) director Shinji
Imaoka takes on one of the noted fetishes among Japanese men -
the hooker in a school uniform.
Yoshio (Takeshi Ito) finds his sex life with his wife, Naoko (Mitsuyo
Suwa), on the decline and suggests that she dresses up as a student
to spice things up. Still dressed up in her uniform, Naoko, who
is an art teacher, goes out to buy a pair of stockings. On the
way, she meets rebellious student Kimiko (Atsuko Suzuki). The
two had earlier fought after Kimiko stomped on a portrait that
Naoko had worked on but things have cooled down and Kimiko even
helps Naoko with her shopping.
Kimiko is living on her own (she said her parents were on vacation),
Naoko invites Kimiko to stay at her home. Claiming that she needed
to hug something in order to sleep, Kimiko snuggles up to Naoko
and soon starts to fondle her, and it doesn't take long for Kimiko
to finger Naoko into a climax. While all this is happening, husband
Yoshio is eavesdropping outside behind the door.
Kimiko stops Yoshio in the street and brings him to her home.
For a guy with a schoolgirl fetish, it is not difficult to get
him excited. She only has to ask him to remove her stockings and
away he goes. In one of their meetings, Kimiko ties up Yoshio,
writes the words "Old perverted pedophile!" on his back and keeps
him prisoner to be looked after by her boyfriend.
to Naoko but the latter rejects Kimiko's advances that night.
Finding that her efforts with Naoko are not making any headway,
Kimiko releases Yoshio and realises that it is her boyfriend that
she wants after all. Yoshio, who has returned home, also realises
that he loves his wife and the two spend some intimate moments
together. One day, the neurotic Naoko slices her wrist but is
consoled by the love Yoshio shows to her.
Kimiko bi-sexual, director Shinji Imaoka (who made the Pinku
Eiga classic, Lunch Box) must have satisfied a lot of secret
desires among his audiences. After all, the chesty Kimiko has
no problem fondling her art teacher nor does she have any objections
to opening her legs to both Yoshio and her boyfriend.
Despite All That scores pretty high on sex and nudity. It is the
story department that falters. It needs to be noted that unlike
many western soft porn movies, Pinku Eiga often spots interesting
storylines or philosophical digressions. But here, it seems as
if all the efforts were made to highlight the sex and the nudity.
As the protagonist, Kimiko gets an easy way out - she achieves
happiness with her boyfriend (or is that the sex talking?). The
film gives no indication why she tries to seduce both Naoko and
Yoshio. While there is no hint that Kimiko is obsessed with Naoko
(at the start the two seem to barely know each other), why is
she working so hard to get Yoshio out of the way? While there
are moments when it can be interpreted that she is looking for
a mother figure, she is also aware enough to know it's time to
let go, an act which sorts of short-circuits the film's tension
and practically cuts her off from the rest of the movie.
As for the
neurotic Naoko, now that's an obsessive person. She may have taken
Kimiko in because she felt that the student was lonely, but it
does show that Naoko is the one who is lonely. The film opens
with the sound of her chopping vegetables, and her cutting and
dicing is a motif that runs throughout the film, which ends in
her cutting her wrist. And when she has one of her neurotic attacks,
Naoko freezes out and hides in one of her closets. Knowing that
your wife is such a neurotic wreck, why isn't Yoshio doing anything
to help her instead of forcing his sexual fantasies on her?
As the film's
title suggests, despite all the engaging sex and nudity, there
are a couple of loose ends that, if had been attended to, would
have made this a much more entertaining and thought-provoking
entry into the Pinku Eiga genre.
The Despite All That DVD (Salvation Films) is banned in $ingapore.