Nudo No Yoru

Also with: Kippei Shiina, Yoshiko Shimizu, Ryo Iwamatsu, Hiroshi Kobayashi.

With:
Jiro Kurenai ... Naoto Takenaka Nami Tuchiya ... Kimiko Yo

Also with: Kippei Shiina, Yoshiko Shimizu, Ryo Iwamatsu, Hiroshi Kobayashi.

In his last feature, “Original Sin,” Takashi Ishii sliced, diced and completely recooked “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” This time around, he offers another dizzying orgy of prime noir ingredients, Nipponized and underscored by pounding rain and throbbing neon. “A Night in Nude” has cult potential stamped all over it.

Scheming to unload her sadistic lover, a floozy (Kimiko Yo) poses as a tourist in Tokyo, hiring an unsuspecting jack-of-all-trades (Naoto Takenaka) to act as her guide. He checks her into a hotel, rejects her drunken advances and clears off before lover boy arrives.

A rigorous slap-and-tickle session follows that’s decidedly heavier on the former. Afterwards, Yo joins her bedmate in the bathroom, and the grisliest shower scene since Norman Bates first wielded a knife ensues.

Next day, Takenaka finds Yo gone, removes her lover’s body and sets about tracking her down. The lover’s psychopath partner also steps in, threatening to make sushi first out of Takenaka, then Yo.

Wild excesses of cartoon sex and violence are played almost for laughs. At one point, instead of coming to Yo’s rescue, a fresh-faced suitor slaps her about with a bunch of roses; at another, a surreal nightmare has a gun literally being bored through Takenaka’s skull.

Ishii also plays with the pic’s tone musically, laying inappropriate cocktail tunes over a tearful repentance scene and bubble-gum pop over dramatic exchanges. Regular lenser Yasushi Sasakibara’s low, skewed camera angles and kinky compositions again contribute significantly to the flamboyantly stylish feast.

Nudo No Yoru

(JAPANESE)

Production: A New Century Producers production. Produced by Kaoya Karita, Taketo Kiitsu. Directed, written by Takashi Ishii.

Crew: Camera (color), Yasushi Sasakibara; editor, Akimasa Kawashima; music, Goro Yasukawa; art direction, Teru Yamazaki; sound, Atsuki Sugiyama. Reviewed at Turin Intl. Young Cinema Festival, Italy, Nov. 17, 1993. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Jiro Kurenai ... Naoto Takenaka Nami Tuchiya ... Kimiko Yo

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