Expanded by a half-hour from its prior incarnation as a pinku eiga (or "pink film," a still-popular breed of Japanese soft-core porn that began in the early '60s), the formerly titled Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice is now an apocalyptic political satire, crazier and ballsier in its reinvention of the exploitation genre than Grindhouse. After a grueling day at the office, role-playing prostitute Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) adjourns to a cafe, where she's suddenly caught in the crossfire between two terrorists—one North Korean, the other Middle Eastern—whose power meeting has gone awry. Taking a bullet in the head that transforms her into a mathematical genius, Sachiko dazedly walks off, inadvertently taking with her a lipsticklike cylinder that holds the cloned red finger of George W. Bush. "This is the finger that determines the destiny of the world," barks a Dubya-masked man on a living television straight out of Videodrome, as our glamorous heroine is penetrated on a rooftop by her newfound property, thus adhering to the "sex scene every 10 minutes" rule of pink. Director Meike Mitsuru tends to be a bit obvious in his neocon bashing and Godardian stock montages, but how can you fault any film with the audacity to combine Kierkegaard and cum shots?
Kuroda stands tall.
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai Runs at Northwest Film Forum, Fri., June 1–Thurs., June 7. Not rated. 90 minutes.