|Female Prisoner: Caged! (1983)|
|Starring:||Mina Asami, Nami Matsukawa, Shigeru Muroi, and Ryoko Watanabe|
Indeed, this film is entirely about pushing the boundaries of what Konuma could get away with. I am hard pressed to find much else within the movie in terms of cinematic substance. This of course isn’t a knock against the film, afterall who goes to a women-in-prison movie expecting substance? Ultimately, viewers are instead left talking about how naughty the movie turns out to be. Naughty it is indeed, as Konuma manages to capture some pretty kinky imagery. Amongst these we have numerous masturbation sequences, priests committing rape, a cream pie, some bondage, and plenty of other sex acts. As Jasper Sharp points out in his interview on the Mondo Macabro DVD, at this point during the eighties, the adult video (AV) market was starting to become a big money maker and this had a dramatic effect on the softcore market. In the same way that studios such as Nikkatsu had to fight the independent pinku films originally, they entered a new battle with the growing popularity of hardcore porn. Female Prisoner: Caged! even goes so far as to include a scene of pixelated sex that is very reminiscent of the popular sex films that were being peddled at the time. At one point, where we get to see a stream of semen pouring down a woman’s leg post-coitus, it becomes apparent that Nikkatsu were certainly willing to dig into some taboo subject matter in order to garner an audience. For better or worse, the roman porno genre grew up during its short heyday, and “romance” wasn’t always on the table.