Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting

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Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting
Subway Serial Rape - Lover Hunting.jpg
Theatrical poster for Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (1988)
Directed byShūji Kataoka[1]
Written byShūji Kataoka
StarringKanako Kishi
Megumi Takahashi
Sayaka Hitomi
CinematographySatoshi Shimomoto
Editing byShōji Sakai
StudioShishi Productions
Distributed byNikkatsu
Release datesMay 7, 1988
Running time61 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
 
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Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting
Subway Serial Rape - Lover Hunting.jpg
Theatrical poster for Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (1988)
Directed byShūji Kataoka[1]
Written byShūji Kataoka
StarringKanako Kishi
Megumi Takahashi
Sayaka Hitomi
CinematographySatoshi Shimomoto
Editing byShōji Sakai
StudioShishi Productions
Distributed byNikkatsu
Release datesMay 7, 1988
Running time61 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting (地下鉄連続レイプ 愛人狩り Chikatetsu Renzoku Reipu: Aijin-Gari?) is a 1988 Japanese pink film written and directed by Shūji Kataoka. It was named the Best Film at the first Pink Grand Prix ceremony.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Tomoko, a newscaster, decides to do a series of stories on rapes in subways. A gang which perpetrates these attacks targets the newscaster, and she is assaulted while broadcasting live.[3]

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

Shūji Kataoka filmed Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting for producer-director Kan Mukai's Shishi Productions and it was released theatrically in Japan by Nikkatsu on May 7, 1988.[1] It became available online through the Hokuto Corporation's DMM service on December 17, 2004.[5]

Kataoka's Subway Serial Rape series was inaugurated in 1985. The first film was intended as a single, but led to three loosely-related sequels. Kataoka had worked as assistant director to Yōjirō Takita in his Molester's Train series. Unlike the light tone of Takita's films, Kataoka's Subway Serial Rape series is intentionally shocking and offensive. All the films in the series were released by Nikkatsu during the last years of its Roman porno series era. Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting was the fourth and last entry in the series, released in 1988, the year that Nikkatsu ceased production. In their Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films, Thomas and Yuko Mihara Weisser write that these films may be "the most perfect portrayal of voyeurism ever captured on celluloid".[3]

Following Nikkatsu's bankruptcy the year of the release of Subway Serial Rape: Lover Hunting, lead actress Kanako Kishi became one of the most prominent pink film actresses of the 1990s.[3] She is especially associated with the work of actor-director Kazuhiro Sano, appearing in several of his films.[6] Known for his supporting roles in such mainstream films as Takeshi Kitano's Sonatine (1993) and Hana-bi (1997), Ren Ōsugi had started his film career in the pink genre with Banmei Takahashi's Tightly Bound Sacrifice (1980). Subway Serial Rape was his last appearance in a pink film.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "地下鉄連続レイプ 愛人狩り" (in Japanese). Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Best Ten of 1988 1988年度ベストテン" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 421–422. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  4. ^ "地下鉄連続レイプ 愛人狩り" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  5. ^ "日活ニッカツロマンポルノ" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  6. ^ Under the Carp Banner; Interview with Kazuhiro Sano; Interviewed by Nakashima Yasushi (in Japanese (English subtitles)). Artsmagic. 2006-10-31. Event occurs at 19:05. 
  7. ^ Sharp, pp. 239-240.
Preceded by
New award
Pink Grand Prix for Best Film
1988
Succeeded by
Abnormal Excitement: Nao Saejima