|Starring:||Kyôko Aizome, Akira Hanagami and Hirotarô Honda|
|The Plot: The appropriately titled Raping! follows a lovely young woman who begins a roadtrip to Tokyo, but is instead taken on a nightmare trip into the deepest bowels of hell. Her travels begin with a sequence that shows her trying to be helpful to a stranger who is having automobile troubles on the side of the road. Instead of providing a “thank you” for the assistance, what follows is a very brutal assault. As our leading woman then travels from one destination to the next, we see that the rest of the world wants to take advantage of her as well. Will she be able to stand up for herself, or will these men continue to dominate her life?|
Raping! is structured in almost the exact same way that Hasebe’s Rape was. If you haven’t seen that title, the movie basically revolves around a leading lady who is raped by every man that she comes into contact with. There is no escape from these attacks, because they await her around every corner. Hasebe doesn’t worry with logic and present some sort of deranged town full of lunatics, such as one might find in Two Thousand Maniacs! from Herschel Gordon Lewis, but instead he sets his film in contemporary reality and the movie becomes slightly surreal due to its excesses. Although Hasebe would later claim that his movies were simply meant as entertainment, with little thought put into subtext, Raping! seems to both be a sickening look at a male-dominated society, but it also seems to be so excessive that it borders on sarcasm. Indeed, if Raping! were a simple genre movie then it wouldn’t be nearly as surreal. Truly, it is a movie that defies all conventional cinematic logic. After being raped three times in one day, you would think that our young leading lady would be so petrified of all men that she would do her very best to never find herself alone with a member of the opposite sex for as long as she lives. However, that is not the world in which our movie takes place.