|Starring:||Ryoko Watanabe, Serina Nishikawa, Mizuho Nakagawa, Yuka Hanabusa and Yuka Takemura|
|The Plot: Ami (Ryoko Watenabe) is a housewife who is feeling sexually frustrated. Although she has a nice husband at home, who does not run away from the bedroom, she can’t help but dream about various sexual acts that modern society would likely deem as obscene. A new pathway opens in her life when she hears about a old friend from school who is now working at a high-class brothel. She soon realizes that if she wants her masochistic fantasies to come true, this would likely be the ideal place. After picking up her very first John, via an accidental phone call, Ami knows that this is the life for her. She has to fulfill these sexual needs, and she will do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. She immediately runs to the previously mentioned brothel in order to begin her new life. However, it seems as if there may be someone behind the scenes pointing her in this direction. Furthermore, when she gets everything that she thinks she wants, will it prove to be too much?|
Shot in an impeccable fashion, Debauchery looks as amazing as one might expect from any Japanese studio film produced during this era. Although the eighties are talked about less within Japanese film circles, the studio movies from this decade had a fantastic and modern fashion sense to their productions. Debauchery is no different. Everything seems to be caught in the fluctuation between seventies sensibilities and eighties fashion, but everything seems uniquely Japanese in a very odd way. Sure, the shoulder pads that women wore are in fine effect during this film, but the colors seem to veer away from pastels or anything too garish. The look within the film is certainly bold, if nothing else. Unfortunately, the plot probably doesn’t stand out quite as much. As you may have already been able to tell by the synopsis, this sort of story isn’t entirely new. Curious wives have been covered numerous times in the realm of erotica. So, it is hard to give the movie points for originality in this regard. What generally saves the movie, however, is the fact that Debauchery possesses a level of strange that many other films do not. It takes things into a nearly pornographic level, but at all times it is quite classy in its production. There is a certain type of morbid atmosphere floating around in the movie, despite the sense of class. There is a slight hint of the macabre, and this world of high class prostitution becomes wholly unreal. The weirdness continues and spreads itself through every frame of the movie. Although it tackles issues from a very mature perspective, it doesn’t hide the fact that we are essentially talking about extreme doses of violence mixed in with world of the sensual. Ultimately, there is something peculiar about sadism, and the movie doesn’t hide this from its audience. Instead, it revels in the moral ambiguity of this situation.