The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai: Japanese Pornography vs. George Bush

Expanded by a half-hour from its prior incarnation as a pinku eiga (or "pink film," a still-popular breed of Japanese soft-core porn that began in the early '60s), the formerly titled Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice is now an apocalyptic political satire, crazier and ballsier in its reinvention of the exploitation genre than Grindhouse. After a grueling day at the office, role-playing prostitute Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) adjourns to a cafe, where she's suddenly caught in the crossfire between two terrorists—one North Korean, the other Middle Eastern—whose power meeting has gone awry. Taking a bullet in the head that transforms her into a mathematical genius, Sachiko dazedly walks off, inadvertently taking with her a lipsticklike cylinder that holds the cloned red finger of George W. Bush. "This is the finger that determines the destiny of the world," barks a Dubya-masked man on a living television straight out of Videodrome, as our glamorous heroine is penetrated on a rooftop by her newfound property, thus adhering to the "sex scene every 10 minutes" rule of pink. Director Meike Mitsuru tends to be a bit obvious in his neocon bashing and Godardian stock montages, but how can you fault any film with the audacity to combine Kierkegaard and cum shots?

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