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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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