|Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl (1981)|
|Starring:||Junko Mabuki, Hayano Kumiko, and Yoshiko Saski|
|The Plot: Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl takes place within the world of amateur pornography. We focus primarily on a small trio who specialize in both upskirt and urine-based pornography. The group is made up of The Master, who is the visionary of this group, his assistant, and their model. This trio travels around Japan looking for various interesting locations to shoot their particular brand of erotica. While out shooting some fetishistic material, the group notices a strange woman following them around town. When they make it back to their apartment, the strange woman eventually introduces herself. She is a lady quite unlike any other model who has worked for The Master before. She is willing to degrade herself in ways that few women would, and she seems more interested in thrills than she does money. Something is different about this woman, however, and not all of her qualities are guaranteed to be good. As she fulfills every wish that The Master has, she also fulfills some goals of her own.|
The world of roman porno, as defined as “romantic pornography,” would seem to imply a world of innocence. However, Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl completely shatters this image. The Japanese censors would deny people the right to see pubic hair it seems, but making allusions to the fetishistic world of golden showers remains perfectly fine. As Jasper Sharp explains in the liner notes for the Synapse DVD, at this point in the lifespan of the roman porno, Nikkatsu was feeling the pinch of competition as other studios were doing more expressive and explicit works within the sex market. Delving into the deep waters of urine fetishes, The Beaver Book Girl certainly presents itself as something very different from what audiences were likely expecting from Nikkatsu. However, when you delve into such fetishes, one has to fear how limiting such a niche market can be. Thankfully, the urine used in this movie is obviously fake, which makes it much easier for audiences to absorb. However, there are still going to be viewers who walk away feeling slightly disturbed by this content.