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Nikkatsu will relaunch their Roman Porno productions with leading Japanese directors

29 March 2016 1:58 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

More that 1,100 of similar soft-core productions were released in theaters during the 70’s and 80’s by Nikkatsu, which helped to launch the careers of filmmakers like Masayuki Suo (Shall we Dance?, The Terminal Trust), Takashi Ishii (Gonin), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore), Yojiro Takita (Departures), Koji Wakamatsu (Endless Waltz, United Red Army, Caterpillar) and many more.

The main reason so many directors chose the particular genre was due to the complete artistic freedom given to the them after they have met four criteria:

The film must have a required minimum quota of sex scenes (supposedly a sex scene every five minutes, although this rule was never strictly met)  The film must be approximately one hour in duration. It must be filmed on 16 mm or 35 mm film within one week. The film must be made on a very limited budget (about $35,000)

The films were commecially successes and »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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