Night of the Felines

Mesunekotachi no yoru

Tanaka Noboru

In the 1970s and 1980s, Japan’s oldest studio Nikkatsu made a slate of soft-core films inspired by the growing popularity of pink pictures: Roman Porno films. Directors were instructed to shoot a low-budget film in a week that featured at least one sex scene every 10 minutes. Besides Kumashiro Tatsumi (subject of an IFFR retrospective in 1996), one of the directors to emerge from the studio's new direction was Tanaka Noboru. His raunchy sex comedy set in a bathhouse brothel uncovers the sexual eccentricities of everyday people.
Focusing on three female sex workers, the colourful, unpredictable look into the hidden underbelly of Japanese nightlife is playful but also unafraid to explore the darker sides of the business. The fleeting nature of relationships in such an environment and the consequences of toying with feelings are presented with a melancholy tinge.Also see Dawn of the Felines.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 5
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Tanaka Noboru
Country
Japan
Year
1972
Medium
DCP
Length
68’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Ito Ryoji
Production Company
Nikkatsu Corporation
Sales
Nikkatsu Corporation
Writer
Nakano Akira
Cinematography
Hagiwara Kenji
Editor
Suzuki Akira
Production Design
Yoko'o Yoshinaga
Sound Design
Akino Yoshinobu
Music
Sakata Kôichi
Cast
Katsura Tomoko, Hara Hidemi, Maki Keiko, Yoshizawa Ken, Kageyama Hidetoshi, Yamaguchi Akemi, Kinugasa Kazuo