AW: AW: Japanese women directors

Roland Domenig roland.domenig
Sat Dec 23 08:20:22 EST 2006

It may be fresh, if the woman is the sexually active part dominating a whimsically and resisting man, but this is certainly not new. You can find similar scenes in many pink comedies of the 1970s and 1980s. But is this enough to proclaim a different female perspective in Hamano's films? I'm not convinced. 


I am inclined to disagree with you Roland here - I've only seen the two
films by Hamano bearing the Yaritai Hitozuma label ('Wives who Want to do
it', or perhaps better translated by a producer friend at Shintoho, the
company who produced them, as 'Hungry Housewives'). Clearly these films are
made with the aim of pleasing male audiences, and few women would ever see
them, but the female characters are quite literally voracious in these films
- while they are writing on top, it is the men screaming 'yada!' beneath
them. It may not be particularly progressive, but it is a refreshing view of
female sexuality compared with the multitude of near-rape fanatasies put
forward by male pink directors. The women are clearly in control here, more
so than in the films of modern pink directors like Mitsuru Meike and Shinji
Imaoka who make films "about" women.


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