Yuke yuke nidome no shojo (Go, Go Second Time Virgin) (2008)
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The title alone is enough to stoke anyone's curiosity. This Japanese New Wave gem doesn't quite live up to its billing, but it's smart enough to know its thin premise doesn't warrant more than 65 minutes. The script makes its statement and gets out quickly. The story takes place almost entirely on a city rooftop. A girl is gang-raped while a mousy, enigmatic boy watches from the side. Afterwards, the two creep into a dysfunctional romance based on shared traumatic memories. But the boy holds the keys to the building, and so the whole crowd of scoundrels is also stranded on the roof for the night. The tense situation is detailed almost in real time, eventually turning violent in unexpected ways. The closing suggests the film is a tribute to the recently murdered Sharon Tate, so consider yourself warned. "Go, Go Second Time Virgin" is dominantly black and white, but inserts a few flashbacks in color. The musical score is unusually Western-influenced and even includes an unlikely usage of the Mothers of Invention's "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" (wow). If you're a fan of foreign directors such as Nagisa Oshima and Jean-Luc Godard and would like to dig deeper, this is a good place to start.
Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969) Yuke yuke nidome no shojo (original title) After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, & both share their sexual traumas & fears, with fatal consequences. Go, Go, Second Time Virgin is the story of two damned & abused teenagers who meet & fall in mutant love on a Tokyo rooftop. Their only hope is to cement their love with an escape into oblivion. Japan's most notorious underground filmmaker, Wakamatsu--a combination of Godard, Gregg Araki & Jesus Franco--has fashioned a haunting, unforgettable film. Between the 1960s & early 1970s, Japanese cinema literally exploded with some of the greatest genre filmmaking ever seen--a mindbending Cinemascope paradise of samurai swordfests, crazed yakuza thrillers & low-budget erotica. In conjunction with the American Cinematheque, Image Entertainment presents this rarely-seen Japanese cult film. This film is not easy viewing. 60+ minutes of sadomasochism, multiple rapes, one delirious orgy, some poetic dialogue on suicide, & the mass-murder He mixes an avant-garde sensibility with horrific & sexual themes that will make many viewers extremely uneasy, but this great looking film has a lot to offer more adventurous audiences. Calling Go, Go Second Time Virgin ahead of its time is an understatement, but there were very few films made before 1969 that dealt so directly & brutally with teenage sexuality & depression. Wakamatsu creatively uses shaky hand-held camera shots to give his film a realistic & gritty edge. He also mixes manga illustrations & photographs into his film that convey a dark pop art sensibility. Though conceived in the tradition of Japanese pink films, â€œGo Goâ€� in fact, shares more in common with the French New Wave than it does with kinky soft porn. Its plot is very minimalist. Short 1 hour running time. â€œGo Goâ€� is clearly a film that will enthrall some with its ultra-stylized perversions while horrifying nearly everyone else.
Nihilistic, stark and mostly incomprehensible. This is just about one of the greatest little films I've ever accidentally stumbled across. From the gorgeous black and white imagery to the bizarrely jazzy soundtrack; this film is (and I hate myself for using this terminology) a gem. Edit* After a third viewing, I'm bumpin this up to 5 stars. Not only that, after seeing a few more Wakamatsu films he's certainly become one of my top directors. This has got to be one of the most hypnotically beautiful films I've scene. Everything from the strange poetry like dialogue to the visuals is stunning. I love it.
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