In Atsushi Yamatoya’s 1967 film, Inflatable sex Doll of the Watseland (aka Dutch Wives of the Wild (or) in the Desert,) a private eye is hired to violently investigate Tokyo’s underworld in search of the kidnappers of the girlfriend of a wealthy man and he slowly looses his balance in the process.

The film is featured as part of a three films cycle in the Temps Ø section of Montreal’s FNC 2018 in a digitally restored version.

Yamatoya was a screenwriter, over four decades, for homeland directors like Suzuki, Matsumoto, Wakamatsu, Mamoru and Watanabe. He directed himself a handful of films. In the 1960’s the financial stress, that some producing and distributing companies were experiencing with, led to the recrudescence of the two major ingredients of easy return to box office instant success: sex and violence.

The recipe was simple for directors on tryout who wanted a first shot at directing:  make the best with a minimum of bare skin showing (better more than less) on shoestring budget with minimal crew and over simplified plotline over 75 minutes.  The rest being up to the directors for hire to do whatever they felt like could either lead to forgettable flicks or, in some case, to Art-house material. Inflatable sex Doll… falls into the later category.

Whilst not taking the path of political righteousness, Inflatable sex Doll of the Watseland is not as violent or sexually overcharged as many of its counterparts and it proposes an intriguing and experimental variation on the yakuza genre (the japanese crime films) crossed with Pinku Eigen ( the Japanese soft core genre). Featuring some ‘cool’ gunfights and sleazy items but framed, edited and scored (by fame Japanese free jazz hero osuke Yamashita ) with a dynamical Avant-garde tenure, Yamatoya’s minimalist but effective take on the genre is on display.

Another cult from the vaults!

See also: Abnormal-family-1984/

FNC Screening:
Saturday October 13, 3:00PM, Quartier Latin Cinema