Brace yourselves for a serious influx of Japanese Pinku Cinema! Between ArtsMagic's release of the Angel Guts series in March and Salvation Films current lineup of the Sacrament Asian films, many o' titles are available to choose from. For those that are new to the Pink sub genre, many of the titles' storylines are focused primarily on rape, however, in certain instances such as Lunch Box, the main character is a submissive female caught up in dominating relationships.
Aiko is a near mute 35 year old woman that lives in a 1 room apartment. She habitually visits the local bowling alley and participates even though she is a terrible bowler. Strangely enamored by the owner of the bowling alley, Hiroshi, she allows him to repeatedly take advantage of her and force her to perform various sexual acts. One day while eating lunch by the coastline, Aiko watches as a postman's delivery bike overturns in the street, scattering mail everywhere. In an effort to aid the postman, Aiko leaves her lunch and collects the mail for him. Unfortunately, the postman thinks that it was Aiko's fault for the mail spillage and speeds off, giving her dirty looks along the way.
The next day, Aiko returns the mail to the angered postman who questions her motives behind sabotaging his mail delivery. Angry, Aiko storms out of the post office with no intention of ever seeing the postman again. The next day the postman sees Aiko on the train and approaches her for a few drinks at the bar. Somehow, a relationship develops between the two and Aiko becomes infatuated with the new man in her life, Yoshio. Every day, Aiko prepares Yoshio a feast to take with him to work in a lunch box, signifying her devotion to the estranged postman. However, when a female co-worker seduces Yoshio at the office, his inner primal urges take control and he kicks Aiko to the curb. Broken and rejected, Aiko withdraws to her previous routine of going to the bowling alley and giving in to its owner's sexual whims. That is, until one day when Yoshio returns.....
A bit more "polite" than the Angel Guts series, Lunch Box is a look at an isolated woman that craves attention and love from any outlet willing to supply it. Although the sex in the film is 100% consensual, the viewer gets the feeling that Aiko is continuously being "raped" emotionally by both Yoshio and Hiroshi. After questioning the initial motives of Aiko, the viewer begins to grow a great sense of pity for the girl as she encounters rejection around every corner. Director Shinji Imaoka utilizes the setting of the Japanese coast perfectly to contrast the serenity of the sea with the deviance of Aiko's activity. Often shifting from the well lit, scenic views of the ocean to the dark, almost unholy, areas of Aiko's apartment and the love motels, Imaoka poignantly displays the disparity between Aiko's intentions and the consequences she suffers for them.
The extras on the disc are a bit detached from the film itself, bonus content relevant to the film is limited to its original trailer, a photo gallery and artwork. Salvation Films also packs in some of its own materials - a music video for Cadaveria's "Spells" and an extremely graphic short film by Philip Ilson titled "Blood". Dark, gritty and full of disturbing sound, "Blood" is a story of a woman that must kill and utilize others' body parts to survive.
Overall, Salvation Films has put together a nice little disc in Lunch Box. The film itself is a nice representation of the sub genre, full of gratuitous sex scenes and moral degradation and is an excellent way to ease a newcomer into the genre. Although low on violence, the emotional impact of Lunch Box is certainly felt and the Salvation extras on the disc give it the "kick in the ass" to make the disc a worthwhile purchase. Lunch Box, as well as many other Sleaze, Horror, Sexploitation and risqué films, is available for purchase at Salvation's Website.