|True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues (1975)|
|Writers:||Koyu Ohara and Akira Momoi|
|Starring:||Kozue Hitomi, Arikawa Mihoko and Yoshii Akiko|
|The Plot: True Story of a Woman in Jail picks up where the first film, Sex Hell, left off. Mayumi has been released from solitary confinement, where she has been handcuffed and living in the dark, and now she is placed in a new cell with several other inmates. These girls are similar to her former roommates, but only nastier. These women have a tendency to bully on the new girls, and they begin by forcing bottled liquids into some very private orifices of the new girls. As our story progresses, we see that this small gang of bullies are also closely tied with one particular guard who has affiliations with the yakuza. The yakuza are looking to use this prison as a form of recruiting girls, and this inevitably leads to blackmail, violence, and even rape. Will Mayumi find a way to fight against this corrupt system, or will it finally swallow her whole?
This isn’t a movie that is going to be filled with subtle content. I can assure audiences of this. If the “golden shower” scene from the first movie didn’t push the boundaries of good taste enough for you, well how about a bath tub full of women urinating on our leading lady? True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues certainly takes the perversity level up a notch, that much can definitely be said. Nearly every scene features women carousing around whilst naked or having hidden lesbian sex scenes of some sort. When we’re not watching numerous girls sexing each other up or having some other form of forbidden intercourse, we’re watching an instance of disturbing violence. Along the way, as a combination of the aforementioned sex and violence, we’re even dealt a very graphic and extended rape sequence that seems to run on forever. I mean, this movie gets downright nasty at times. From human slavery to trading sexual favors in exchange for pleasantries, this movie thrives on sensationalism and it encourages everything that an audience member can possibly drain from this sort of excess. If you’ve come for nudity, then be prepared to leave happy. The sex is fervent and unrepentant. As I’ve already said, the nude scenes come so frequently that there’s barely any time that passes between sex scenes. Truly, there are more scenes featuring cast members naked than there are with cast members wearing clothes.
There’s some fun with censorship throughout the movie as well. There are mosaic censor bars that show up on occasion, but sometimes they are bit odd. The Japanese censorship laws require that pubic hair be blocked from general viewing, but here in Continues we find that the backside of some cast members are blurred out during sequences that involve heavy petting and thrusting. These moments are decidedly odd, but they tend to catch the viewer’s attention. Ultimately, the relationship between these girls is the aspect that is supposed to make this movie thrive, as opposed to the insane amount of nudity, but unfortunately there’s not much going on other than the sensationalism. While there seemed to be a driving force behind the story within Sex Hell, this is all mostly abandoned for Continues. Instead, all semblance of plot and narrative are thrown out the window in order to watch two lesbian cooks sneak off to a closet so that they can have a sex scene. The characters aren’t very well developed, and I realize how silly this complaint sounds when you realize that I am talking about a movie named True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues, but the point remains valid. By the time the movie ends, there are very few recognizable faces within the cast. Few manage to stand out, and it becomes easy to lose sight of what should be important. Afterall, why must we see Masumi’s mother have a full sex scene with a random yakuza. Sure, it shows the hard reality surrounding these women and it ties back in with another accompanying storyline that focuses on said yakuza, but was there need to fill up this much screentime with such fluff?