Monday, May 1, 2017

Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)

Wakamatsu Productions
Directed by Kōji Wakamatsu
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, American Cinematheque)

A teenage girl is gang raped on the rooftop of an apartment building. A teenage boy watches passively. Afterwards, they become friends and talk about their situation. She comes from a broken home where both parents committed suicide. He recently murdered four people who sexually abused him. He takes her to the apartment where it happened and shows her the bodies. She pleads with him to either have sex with her or kill her, but he refuses both. She gets gang raped again and he kills all of them as well. They jump off the roof to their deaths. Obviously, this is a bleak film. However, it tries to rise above the melodramatics with poetry, a jazz soundtrack and consciously arty cinematography like bursts of color to show blood. It even breaks into a song at one point. It's hard to ignore such a bold cinematic statement, but also hard to ignore that nagging feeling it's all about the sex and violence for Wakamatsu.

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