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The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003)



Critic Consensus: This gratuitous film somehow takes the idea of girl power and turns it into a misogynistic raunchfest.

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A sexy call girl becomes the flashpoint of an international incident after inadvertently coming into possession of a curious artifact with the power to unleash Armageddon on a world consumed by chaos. Sachiko Hanai makes a living by fulfilling the fantasies of men who always longed to make love to their teachers. One day, upon wandering into a local coffee house, the unsuspecting sexpot sets off a violent gun battle between two groups of gangsters involved in some seriously shady dealings. As the guns are drawn, Sachiko attempts to run for cover but instead ends up directly in the path of a stray bullet. A smoking round lodged firmly in her forehead, the dazed prostitute stumbles out into the street as one of the gangsters furtively slips a mysterious metal canister into her purse. When Sachiko's attempt to remove the bullet with an eyeliner pencil cause her synapses to start firing on overdrive, she rapidly gains the ability to speak multiple languages and solve complex mathematical equations. Little does the unsuspecting prostitute realize that the canister dropped into her purse contains the severed finger of the U.S. president - the fingerprint of which possesses the potential to send the entire nuclear arsenal of the powerful Western nation soaring into the skies. Originally released as a routine pinku eiga entitled Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice, the film was subsequently expanded into an ambitious anarchic satire of world politics by director Mitsuru Meike and screenwriter Takao Nakano.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Takao Nakano
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2007
Palm Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

A flimsy plot about Korean spies leads to a climactic sight gag involving an enhanced version of George W. Bush's forefinger, but it's all window dressing for the main attraction: lots of bouncing T & A.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is far less silly than it thinks it is. The upbeat vibe of super-female power misfires with a gratuitous rape scene.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Conceptually outlandish but routinely executed, this comic exploration of macho, control-freaky power struggles the world over remains skin-deep.

Full Review… | July 5, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sachiko Hanai is pretty much just raunch, much like the stuff that insinuates itself onto late-night premium channel programming. And which gets old fast.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Combines soft-core porn with a fantastical sci-fi plot.

April 30, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An apocalyptic political satire.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai

As a soft core porn movie, its pretty good!! Yes, plot is outrageous and bizarre, but the acting is decent and the pacing of the film moves at a rather brisk clip. One thing for sure, it does entertain as long as nudity and alot of sexual situations does not put you off. I thought the ending was a bit predictable for such a zany story, but it will hold your interest.

alan jay

Super Reviewer


This movie confused me, it is a softcore porn that tries to have a deeper meaning, but really all you get is a girl with a delayed reaction to all senses after a bullet in the head, an assassin/detective/rapist turned good guy and a very bizzarre and puzzling sequence of George W fingering the lead via a self traveling television. Watch at your own risk.


This was actually quite funny. You know, in the few minutes where she actually wasn't naked....
The movie IS as crazy as this plot synopsis makes it out to be. She gains abilities from a shot to the head, doesnt die, noone seems to really mind the gaping hole in her head and GW Bush's finger clone can talk. Wow.
Notable moments -
-When wanting to take a photo she yells "CELLULAR PHOTO FUNCTION!!" (its as cute as it sounds)
-Its cute to hear the word "frappuchino" and the Star Spangled banner in Japanese.
-I dont think I ever saw a film with not only one but TWO ejaculations...
-When the US army finds out the missiles are launched, instead of real people we see GI Joe-type dolls. HILARIOUS.

I know theres a message buried deep in here, but its SOOOO deep you cant really take a message away from it. Campy fun, but dont watch with the parents or the kids.

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