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Nurse Girl Dorm : Sticky Fingers

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Kango joshiryô: Ijiwaru na yubi
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Yoshihiro Kawasaki
Jun Izumi
Chiaki Kitahara
Yukari Takeshita
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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?

With this review I have broken a personal record and one I am willing to share. This is the first time I have ever reviewed nineteen separate, numerically sequenced, nonconsecutive films from a single series. A meaningless statistic I admit, but the old record belonged to the full moon archive collection visible here 

This being said, it is more than likely that I will not break this record again with a different series of films for the rest of my film reviewing days.  Not only are there are almost a thousand original Nikkatsu Pink Cinema films but furthermore, at the current rate of release I will be exactly 143 years old by the time Impulse sees fit to release the entire series on DVD so obviously it is not going to be physically possible for me to review the entire catalogue (not even with all the Viagra in the world). This being said, once again it’s time to review the next installment in the Roman Porno collection, a personal legacy that will surely forever damn my reputation as a film reviewer…if not somehow validate it…

The first thing I noticed about this title was the fact that while the box art indeed says “NURSE GIRL DORM” STICKY FINGERS” if you cue up the film itself the title screen actually reads “NURSE GIRL DORM: ASSY FINGERS”. I can’t begin to tell you how this discrepancy made me laugh.  At first I thought it was a typo, or a translation error until I reversed the cover art and found that was an exact clone of the reverse side except it too said “ASSY FINGERS”.  So take note, all you discriminating aficionados of Japanese violent rear rape pornography, you now have a choice when it comes to how you will display your adult film collection in your home to friends, family and passerby (at least where this title is concerned). Personally I would have just named this volume “STINKY FINGERS” and called it the best of both worlds, but as usual Pink Cinema is incapable of all manner of compromise whatsoever for the sake or taste or polite public sensibility (minus the usual Japanese ban on all depictions of pubic hair of course).

This film actually details the exploits of a wanton nurse named Yuki who is an unrepentant danger slut who is the prime mover of this film. She makes it a private crusade to teach the younger nurses how to sneak boys into their room with a rope ladder, how to be a lesbian and perhaps most importantly, how to make sure the formula of a sex scene every ten minutes of screen time is adhered to. This film immediately is reminiscent of those zany 1970’s nurse movies produced by Roger Corman, except the action (as usual) is more graphic and absolutely bizarre. For the first time in countless volumes in the series there is only one rape in the running time.  Purely for a joke, Yuki tricks one of her two boyfriends into crawling into bed with one of her female roommates. Yet by the time the man discovers that it wasn’t her, he gets stuck and has to have his prostate massaged until a satisfying popping sound is heard and the man is able to free himself. Thank Goodness! I was starting to worry the “assy fingers” mentioned in the title were more of a symbolic concept, per se?

I can’t begin to tell you the ultimate point of this except that this seems to be the story of a beautiful Asian nurse’s attempt to cause and solve as many problems for everyone in her life by having rampant, secret affairs with everyone she can, at all possible times.  Surprisingly it works; even at the end when everyone finds out how she has been lying to, pranking, and cheating on every other character in the film in some fashion, they all just seem to laugh it off like all of her zany sex fiend behavior was just good clean fun among friends. There is a stern, bookish looking house mother who tries to run the dorm with an iron fist, but she is a secret dominatrix who later kidnaps one of the men sneaking to see Yuki and uses him as a personal sex slave.  As  with every film in this series thus far, this one defies belief, but, for the first time, the madness is predominantly derived from slapstick comedy rather than countless insanely brutal acts of sexual violence.  Thus this healthcare provider film farce makes the perfect bandage to soothe some of the wounds that previous Nikkatsu volumes have inflicted into the psyches and souls of all but the most perverse erotic film lover. 

Extras Include Liner notes by Jasper Sharp, a trailer for the film filled with so much alternate footage that it looks like a whole different film, and the previously mentioned reversible cover art which makes this one look perhaps the most risqué of all, even as it is certainly one of the tamer entries.  But that’s okay, next week’s volume is a whole different form of “shock therapy” that has very little to do with electroconvulsive procedures or the pleasant sensory jolt of a happy, medical themed sex comedy…

My ever-expanding Nikkatsu Erotic Films collection sits on my cherished shelf of nasty Japanese things and yet inspires more criticism, commentary, or curiosity from guests and passersby than any other movie, trinket, or film collection that I currently own. And trust me, that is saying something…Something truly unsettling…


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