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Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9

Review by: 
Sinferno
AKA: 
Onna shinnyû-shain: 5-ji kara 9-ji
Release Date: 
1982
Studio: 
Impulse
Genre: 
Sexploitation
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
2.35:1
Directed by: 
Katsuhiko Fujii
Cast: 
Shin'ichi Arai
Junko Asahina
Yûzô Hidaka
Movie: 
3
Extras: 
2
Bottom Line: 
3

During the 1970’s while American cult film lovers were frequenting the Grindhouse and drive-in scenes, in Japan, Nikkatsu was making a name for itself with its “Roman Porno” erotic line. Between 1971 and 1989 the studio released over a thousand “Pink Cinema” films, and now thanks to Impulse pictures, those of us in America are finally going to get to see (at least 25 of) them for the first time.  Subtitled, chock full of half-naked Asian cuties and filled with all manner of bizarre Japanese fetishism, let us examine this collection in order of release and see if American audiences have a “yen” for this sort of thing?

The year was 1982. While the pop culture phenomenon that was the 1980 film “9 TO 5” had already dwindled into a crummy network television sitcom, the nice pornographers from Japan release “HORNY WORKING GIRL: FROM 5 TO 9”, a porno parody that actually captures much of the basic plot conceit of the original film, right down a knockoff of the iconic post-disco title song by Dolly Parton. Let us view this uniquely Japanese perspective on the American workplace of the eighties and see if it is a workable attempt or just more lazy sexy savagery crammed into a corporate setting.

Our story focuses on a young woman named Cheiko, the new manager for a giant manufacturing company. Moments after rebuking the aggressive advances of the company’s horny boss Mr Makimara it seems that her job is not going to be all she had hoped for. When she is not at work, Chieko associates with a kindly old man who constructs lifelike sex dolls for fun and profit while she masturbates ahead of him in what I assume is the ultimate form of artistic inspiration.  One day he is so enthralled by her performance he pays her by giving her a special salve which causes maddening, uncontrollable sexual arousal to anyone who applies it to their genitals. For purely no reason whatsoever other that it helps the film conform to the Nikkatsu formula of a sex scene every ten minutes Chieko puts a big heaping helping of the devils toothpaste onto her nether regions and she bangs the boss in his office, repeatedly, loud and unrepentantly. So enthralled is Cheiko and Makimara in the throes of brazen, boisterous porno sex that they narrowly escape detection by his wife who stops by the office with the assistance of Mari a lovely secretary who is also the secret lover of Makimara.  The story then follows the relationship of Mari and the boss including a madcap, admittedly humorous scene where he has sex with her on top a running Xerox machine as a million hard copies of their naughty bits flutter to the floor around them.  It is during this exact moment that the boss’s wife walks in and actually catches him cheating on her in what I imagine would be the most disgraceful way possible. Yet because Makimara is a smooth bastard he chases his wife down and sexually seduces her before she can get to a phone to end their marriage once and for all by calling her influential father who owns the entire company.

The film then takes a peculiar detour for a Pink Cinema film as it actually focuses on the unlikely realization as Makimara wife and his two mistresses eventually learn they have far more in common with each other than they are willing to admit.  This touching tale of female friendship develops over an initial slap fight, some very minor scenes of suggested lesbianism and a moment where they seduce Mr Makimara into a “four way” during which time, restrain him, then apply the sex salve to his penis in order to make it uncontrollably rigid and then contemplate castrating him at once.  After 15 volumes  (some combined 24 hours) of this Asian rape porn stuff I can’t tell you how much I wanted; needed them to castrate Mr Makimara, just on the grounds of basic decency. Sadly these three women soon devise another more civilized fate for him, one that will allow them to maintain their close friendship, their jobs if not the public respectability of their boss and even the future sanctity of his marriage in the process.  This conclusion is also very similar to the actual ending of the real 9 TO 5 for those of you that insist on exacting accuracy in your porno parodies.

Look this one was actually kind of funny, if you get over the cavalier attitudes on sexual harassment, the completely unnecessary gang rape of a secretary in a bathroom and the overwhelming themes of male privilege. Yet, for a long forgotten brutal Asian sex film version of a classic American comedy film this “5 to 9” does deliver overtime. But if these three women scorned would have “terminated” Mr Makamara in the manner they first devised I would have liked this much more and rated it much higher as it would have given me “a sense of fulfillment” as a viewer that even the most graphic, one dimensional sex film could never muster.

Extras include liner notes by Jasper Sharp and the theatrical trailer.

 
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