|Black Rose Ascension|
Directed by: Tatsumi Kumashiro
Cast: Shin Kishida, Naomi Tani, Meika Seri
This self-reflexive pinku eiga film may be to Nikkatsu softcore what Boogie Nights was to American hardcore. Shin Kishida stars as Juzo, a self-important pinku eiga director clearly modeled on Nagisa Oshima. Production is halted on his new film when lead actress Meiko is too obviously pregnant to film sex scenes. Looking for a replacement, he comes across the ubiquitous Naomi Tani, starring here in one of the rare roles which doesn't require her to be bound with rope. Everything goes well until Tani starts a sex scene with Hajime Tanimoto, who got Meiko pregnant. Juzo realizes that he's in love with his new starlet, so he cancels the film, marries Tani, and lives happily ever after...... Well directed by Tatsumi Kumashiro, and with plenty satirical in-jokes to amuse devoted pinku eiga buffs, Kurobara Shoten is among the genre's most engaging self-examinations.
Tatsumi Kumashiro is one of the most accalimed pink film directors to emerge from Nikkatsu studio in the 70s. His films, though almost all erotic in nature, are often chosen by the respected Kinema Junpo as best films of the year.
1975- Color - 16:9 ANAMORPHIC Widescreen 72 Min.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles