The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai
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(Jun 05, 2007)
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"The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai" is clearly in the last category. Although it started out as a straight Pink Film, with the more explicit title of "Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice", director Meike Mitsuru decided to re-cut and re-shoot it as a flick that has all the nudity and sex required, with a bizarre plot that could play at an Indie film festival. In fact, this is the first Pink Film ever to get distribution in US theaters, mainly on the festival circuit.
The story revolves around Sachiko Hanai, a prostitute who works at an Image Club doing a "seduce the teacher" routine that is a common fantasy of Japanese guys. One eventful night leaves her with a bullet in her head and in possession of the cloned finger of George W. Bush. The bullet has logged against her brain, giving her a genius-level intellect and various mental abilities. Bush's finger has a mind of its own, being able to move and communicate to Sachiko via television screens, as well as some more subtle manipulations.Read more ›
Call girl Sachiko Hanai is shot in the forehead by a North Korean agent. She survives, but the lodged bullet penetrates the center of her brain (via some mind-blowing but crude animation) and turns her into an intellectual genius. We can tell because she starts scribbling physics equations on the wall with a piece of chalk, and she becomes fascinated with French philosophy, and the genius of humankind--"all that is man's passion released towards the Universe." However, one amusing side effect is the havoc it plays on her taste buds. And the bullet hole makes for a grisly parody of the red bindi Indian women have on their forehead, although in Sachiko's case, it signifies the major nerve point in the human body--see what the bullet did to her?
Sachiko runs into the bookish Professor Toshio Saeki, and so touched is he with her intelligence he doesn't think twice of having an affair with her. He is one of the funniest characters. I mean, someone who gets turned on by anyone saying "Noam Chomsky?" Sachiko then tutors his shy and antisocial son Mamoru. Did I say shy and antisocial? With Sachiko, not for long, and what better reward to get right answers than by her removing a piece of clothing. What was it Van Halen sang, "Got it bad, so bad, I'm hot for teacher"?
Mamoru is keen on military defense maneuvers and missiles. "We'll always have wars. It's a good occupation," he says.Read more ›
It's hard to know just what to make of the Japanese film, "The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai." Is it a parody of a softcore porn flick or just a softcore porn flick itself? I tend to think it's the former, since, along with its myriad (and fairly graphic) simulated sex scenes, the film is also a wildly funny, tongue-in-cheek absurdist farce, replete with social criticism and political commentary for the deeper thinkers in the crowd. Not all of it works equally well, but you at least gotta' give `em props for trying.
Sachiko Hanai is an attractive young tutor with what a polite person might describe as an "active interest in sexual expression." Despite her job as a teacher, Sachiko is no great shakes in the brains department, until, that is, she is accidentally shot in the forehead by a secret agent from North Korea. Due to the bullet's strategic placement in the cerebral cortex, Sachiko suddenly becomes a super genius, able to comprehend French philosophy, complex laws of physics and arcane mathematical equations with no trouble whatsoever. She also develops a paranormal ability to peer into the unseen mysteries of the universe and to foretell future events. Her condition, however, does not curtail her appetite for sex; in fact, if anything, her newfound intelligence seems only to exacerbate it.
Indeed, much of the fun of "Schiko Hanai" derives from the incongruous juxtaposition of raw sexuality with intellectual pretentiousness. There's something immensely funny about watching people make passionate love while debating the finer points of dialectical materialism and String Theory or using Susan Sontag and Noam Chomsky as aphrodisiacs.Read more ›
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I want to recommend this book on Facebook, but my friends and family might not like Japanese pink. Their loss, I say. This may be my favorite guilty pleasure film. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Strain
I don't care what my friends say, this is a masterpiece. George W. Bush's finger really steals the show. Just buy this, I promise it'll make sense.Published 12 months ago by SteveJules
I first watched this as a rental. Now it must be in the collection!
If you are not into Japanese films then forget it, if you have a twisted sense of humor then don't miss... Read more
Despite having seen a few good movies like A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn, I've given up on this genre. Still, I'll never forget The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai. Read morePublished 24 months ago by T. Coonen
it is diffrent, and some how entertaining ,with lots of nudity , some of the scenes actually erotic , but it is not tipical pink the story doesn't make sense . Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Mcabe
A long lost friend of mine called this a surrealistic Japanese art film laced with softcore erotica. She was totally correct. Read more
The GLAMOROUS LIFE of SACHIKO HANAI is a piece of Japanese `pink' cinema directed by Meike Mitsuru (Bitter Sweet). Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Woopak
This is basically a porno with a plot. The story is very similar to what a book by Kinky Friedman (Kill Two Birds & Get Stoned: A Novel, which has a somewhat related premise) would... Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Morrigan Alexandros
In general I dont like Japanese movies but I try them anyway as
Japanese art is one of the best and,finally,its something. Read more
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