The Woman with Red Hair (1979)

The Woman with Red Hair (1979)

Released: 1979
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Genre
Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro
Starring: Ako, Renji Ishibashi, Junko Miyashita, ,
Run time: 73 min
IMDb: 6/10
Country: Japan
Views: 21867


At his working place, Kozo and his colleague gangrape the boss’ teenage daughter. Then, on the highway, he picks up a red-haired woman walking on the road back to his home. She ends up staying the night. Later, the woman reveals that she has left her husband and son, but refuses to divulge her name. On the other hand, the boss’ daughter informs Kozo’s colleague that she is pregnant. They decide to elope but, before that, he demands Kozo to let him have sex with the red-haired woman…
Written by
L.H. Wong <[email protected]>
User Reviews: This is the most under-rated movie on IMDb in terms of avg score rating. This is a sophisticated softcore counterpart to "ai no corrida" yet surpasses that film. This film is only an incredibly short 73 minutes long but says almost everything it set out to about the concrete nature of romance in a homosocial and cruel world. This is a realist and working class reclamation of the "passion beyond reason" genre. There are hints of death and perversion amidst dialogue of surpassing clarity. The long shots and absurdity remind me of Tsai Mian Liang. Maybe a dark sense of humour runs through this film, maybe actions in 1970s japan will always be funny to us because of cultural difference, however I belly laughed whilst watching this film but was also deeply moved. Beware, unless you are acquainted with Japanese 1970s pink movies the male leads will be so unsympathetic that you will have no appreciation for their difficulties. Beware also if you are a pinky violence collector only interested in the sex, it is deliberately reduced to clinical joint masturbation and this is a strangely unsexy movie. For everybody else, enjoy, this is profound, moving, funny, well observed, gritty, funny and most of all passionate.

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