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    Happinet just released its February 2019 titles. Is there any news on upcoming blu-ray and DVD releases for the rest of the year?

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    One failed recording, one accidentally-destroyed-by-the-gf recording, and a two month wait for a re-broadcast later...

    Circuit of Sorrow (哀愁のサーキット) (1972)
    Extremely interesting, if slightly ham-fisted 2nd follow-up to Tôru Murakawa's landmark Roman Porno Delicate Skillful Fingers (1972). Based on real life Toyota race driver and fashion model Sachio Furusawa (Tôru Minegishi) who tragically died on track in 1969 and pop singer Tomoko Ogawa (Kei Kiyama), the film depicts their brief romance in the shadow of media pressure. Like Delicate Skillful Fingers, the film is essentially a Nikkatsu youth film conceived under the Roman Porno reign. There are fast cars, a bunch of Sun Tribe youngsters who challenge the protagonist to a bike race, and absolutely shitloads of catchy pop music (enough that they released an LP). But the title oversells the film: there's little sorrow on the circuit as the protagonist is only behind the racing car wheel in the opening and closing scenes. There's potential for great melancholic poetry which comes thru occasionally (their departure from a seaside motel on a rainy day is soaked with movie magic), but the protagonist is superficially written and portrayed. Murakawa's touch likewise isn't as sharp and dynamic as in Skillful Fingers, even if he claims to have had the actors have real sex in front of the camera. The film nevertheless remains highly entertaining, extremely stylish and thematically fascinating, and is yet another example of Nikkatsu Roman Porno’s incredible versatility.

    Tôru Minegishi as Sachio Furusawa


    Kei Kiyama as Tomoko Ogawa. The singer in the background is Seri Ishikawa who performs the actual songs sung by Kiyama's character.


    The acting by the sun tribe youngsters is one of the weak links...


    And the Razzie worthly lines spoken by Kiyama... "The sea is made of women's tears? What? Explain to me!" That's what you get when you script the film by yourself without Kumashiro (Delicate Fingers) I guess






    One of my favourite moments in the film. Small scene, yet so beautiful.






    The caps above are from the Toei Channel broadcasting. No BD/DVD/VHS/VOD/ANYTHING available, which really needs to change. I watched the film twice already.

    Murakawa's last remaining RP, the impossible to see Melancholy Flesh Business: Sensuous Zone (1972), just became my most wanted film!

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    Looks like a few Blu-ray releases are coming later this year.

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread...=271457&page=4
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    I watched one of the films Happinet is going to put out on DVD later this year and, well, save your money.

    Sex-Crime Coast: School of Piranha (肉体犯罪海岸 ピラニヤの群れ) (Japan, 1973) [VoD] – 1.5/5
    Male and female delinquents dubbed as “Piranhas” (no, not the Toei guys) have sex on beach, take captives in a house, then have sex the house. Hitomi Kozue is the main bad girl getting jealous when shag partner Ryuji Nakamura gets intimate with rich girl Masumi Jun. Dull home invasion Roman Porno with a Sun Tribe flavor and a bit of gang content. Director Shogoro Nishimura merely slaps the genre premises together and proceeds to do nothing with them. Last reel action aside, it's embarrassingly unambitious for an early Roman Porno.













    This is the recently added DMM HD stream. As you can see, the colors are all fucked up. Most of their recent Roman Porno HD upgrades and new additions have this same shit look based on the trailers. I always wondered if it was just the previews, but Sex-Crime Coast proves it's the entire film!

    Now, the good and odd news is that this seems to be something DMM are doing by themselves rather than the master being fucked up. Their Crazed Fruit HD stream trailer has the exact same look.





    But take a look at the same same trailer on Amazon Video, also for a newly added HD stream.





    I haven't watched Amazon's film stream, but I have faith that it looks the same as the trailer, more or less.

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    Website for the 2019 RP releases:
    https://www.nikkatsu-romanporno.com/bddvd2019/

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    Takuma, thanks for the heads up!

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    I know we have some fans of Sally May here and just recently released is a WEBRip of the Chusei Sone directed second film in the RASHAMAN OMAN (Foreigner’s Mistress Oman) series from the usual suspects. Word is that English subs will be forthcoming which is excellent news.
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    Yasuharu Hasebe's excellent Roman Porno neo-noir Erotic Liaisons (1978) makes its HD debut on Toei Channel next month.
    - https://www.toeich.jp/program/1T0000013206/201911

    A DVD or BD release may be coming next year... Let's hope for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post
    Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (Japan, 1982) [VoD] - 3.5/5
    Between 1974 and 1988 Nikkatsu produced nearly 40 adaptations from SM author Oniroku Dan's novels. Most of them were intellectually underwhelming, morally questionable, and tiresome at best. But what would happen if one of the best Japanese screenwriters of the 1980s, Takashi Ishii, adapted a Dan novel and handed it to first time director Fumihiko Kato, who later became known for his atypical Dan films?

    Despite the misleading title, this movie bears all the trademarks of Ishii's psychological erotic thrillers and could be an SM-oriented entry in the Angel Guts series. The protagonists are Nami and Muraki: a bullied high school girl and her terminally ill teacher. The opening scene sees Nami saved from violent delinquents by her teacher, who however then collapses in front of her. She leaves him there. The experience haunts her in her dreams, which begin to merge with reality. Years later they meet again after Muraki has been fired and has hit the rock bottom. The film never loses its psychological tension, even though the prolonged SM finale - and a few other bits - may be a bit much for the casual viewers. The overly simplistic Oniroku Dan conventions are nowhere to be found. The film also looks pretty good with the usual urban and occasionally surreal Ishii imagery.













    This popped up on Japanese streaming site U-Next.






















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    Elephant Films will release Roman Porno 1971-2016: Une Histoire érotique du Japon, a series of ten Nikkatsu Roman Porno films as a box set in France on 17 December 2019.

    Please note that these are not English-friendly releases, with only Japanese and French support.

    The ten films will also be released individually on the same date


    Five are from the original run of theatrical films:

    Nuits félines à Shinjuku (Night of the Felines) (牝猫たちの夜) (1972)

    Les Amants mouillés (Lovers Are Wet) (恋人たちは濡れた)(1973)

    L'Extase de la Rose Noire (Black Rose Ascension) (黒薔薇昇天) (1975)

    Angel Guts: Red Porno (天使のはらわた 赤い淫画) (1981)

    Lady Karuizawa (軽井沢夫人) (1982)


    and the other five are the Roman Porno Reboot films released in 2016-2017 in Japan:

    Chaudes gymnopédies (Aroused by Gymnopedies) (ジムノペディに乱れる) (2016)

    À l'ombre des Jeunes Filles humides (Wet Woman in the Wind) (風に濡れた女) (2016)

    L'Aube des félines (Dawn of the Felines) (牝猫たち) (2017)

    Antiporno (ANTIPORNO アンチポルノ) (2016)

    White Lily (ホワイトリリー) (2017)

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