a page of madness

film writing by nicholas vroman

Hakujitsumu / 白日夢 / Daydream

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Hakujitsumu (Daydream) is the title of the infamous 1964 film by avant garde theatre director Tetsuji Takechi, opening up the world of big budget pinku films. This strange artifact is a hallucinatory collage of bondage, sex and violence that has left many people scratching their heads as to whether it’s a piece of great art or merely perverse exploitation. He remade the film in 1981 as a hard-core spectacle with Kyoko Aizome in the lead role and made a sequel to it in 1987. Flash forward 22 years and a new version has hit the screen, this time directed by Ms. Aizome herself, the star of the 80s versions. Her first feature homage to the master, though, falls particularly flat. The setup is a young policeman responding to a break-in call at a woman’s flat. Strange visions and meetings lead to murder and mystery and ultimately a revelation of the policeman’s madness. Clichéd soft-core sex and particularly leaden acting effectively sink this ill-thought production. Perhaps it should have been left alone at only 3 versions.

Originally published in EL Magazine, September 2009

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

September 1, 2009 at 12:53 am

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