Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968)
aka Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen
Genre: Avant-Garde Sex Drama
Country: Japan | Director: Susumu Hani
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 108mn
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A troubled young man named Shun seeks emotional fulfillment with Nanami, a sensuous nude model and prostitute. Although immediately infatuated with her, he cannot overcome his impotence. Through a complex, often baffling jigsaw-puzzle of flashbacks, dreams and startling dramatic events, we learn some of the reasons behind his anxieties. Left desolate at the age of seven by his fathers death, Shun was abandoned by his mother and brought up by a man who attempted to seduce him. Years later, Shuns confusions led him to molest a little girl hed befriended and he underwent a strange hypno-therapy that only created further turmoil. Obsessed by Nanami, Shun follows her and her perverted protector into a den of iniquity, where lascivious men photograph women in erotic poses and sado-masochistic torture scenes. His disturbing encounter with the nightmarish porno world leads him to additional psychosexual problems and eventually to violence.
Despite its unquestionably sordid story, the film is a work of art, thanks to director Hanis flair for fresh and intriguing visuals: hazy, sun-suffused childhood memories, offbeat camera angles, elaborate montages intercutting past, present and fantasy and a wealth of inscrutable symbolism.
Because of its explicit erotic and nude scenes, this movie is definitely not for everyone. But for those with a taste for something unique and challenging, it is a powerful, haunting experience.