Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform

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Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform
Despite All That - DVD.jpg
Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform (1999) in DVD release as Despite All That
Directed by Shinji Imaoka[1]
Written by Shinji Imaoka
Starring Mitsuyo Suwa
Atsuko Suzuki
Music by Gaō
Cinematography Kazuhiro Suzuki
Edited by Shōji Sakai
Distributed by Kokuei
Shintōhō
Release date(s)
  • October 29, 1999 (1999-10-29)
Running time 62 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform (ぐしょ濡れ人妻教師 制服で抱いて Gushonure Hitozuma Kyōshi: Seifuku de Idaite?) aka Despite All That (それでも Soredemo?) is a 1999 Japanese pink film written and directed by Shinji Imaoka. It was given Honorable Mention at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Naoko, female art teacher suffering from bipolar disorder spends her time at home compulsively chopping cabbage. She occasionally then begins cutting herself, causing her husband, Yoshio, to intervene. Yoshio attempts to help Naoko by dressing as a woman, "Yoshiko", in whom Naoko can confide. Yoshio has a low sex drive, and hopes to stimulate his interest by having Naoko dress as a school girl. When so attired, shopping for appropriately adolescent socks, Naoko meets Kimiko, one of her female students. Kimiko's parents have abandoned her, and she stays with a strange man named Tokio. Naoko suggests that Kimiko come to live with her. At their home, Kimiko proceeds to seduce both Naoko and her husband. During a sex session with Yoshio, she binds him and paints obscenities onto his body.[3][4][5]

Cast[edit]

  • Mitsuyo Suwa (諏訪光代) as Naoko[3][6]
  • Atsuko Suzuki (鈴木敦子) as Kimiko
  • Takeshi Itō (伊藤猛) as Yoshio
  • Mikio Satō (佐藤幹雄) as Tokio

Critical appraisal[edit]

In his Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema, Jasper Sharp writes that Imaoka's placing a mentally-unbalanced woman at the center of Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform is a brave thing for a pink film director to do. Imaoka's film, according to Sharp, plays like a softcore version of John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence (1974) with a dark sense of humor.[3]

The Asian Extreme Cinema website Snowblood Apple notes that the low budget of Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform shows through in the film, finding fault with technical aspects as well as the acting. The reviewer finds the characters unappealing and the actors unattractive, with the character of Kimiko is judged to be the most interesting. Judging the film, "On the surface... yet another skinflick, albeit a rather untitillating and downbeat one, the cast being profoundly unattractive and the sex scenes mostly shot in low candlelight. Yet Imaoka is saying something about power and, perhaps, it's a morality tale..." the review concludes, "While it won't be on the top of anyone's must-see list, if you've got an hour spare and a taste for a slightly thoughtful pink film, keep Despite All That in mind."[4]

The French website Cinetrange also mentions Sopping Wet Married Teacher: Doing It in Uniform's obvious low budget, reflected in the minimalistic technical aspects such as camera movement. This review comments that Imaoka shows us how the Naoko's marriage is influenced by the introduction of the sexually-predatory female student. "[W]e see in the end that the deconstruction of the long-term relationship only leads to a stronger relationship between Naoko and hers husband. So, despite all that..." Of the erotic content, the review mentions, "let's remember a pinku eiga is not only about social issues. We also get some soft sex scenes. Don't expect many graphics things but there are at least one or two scenes that are pretty hot and suggestive."[7]

At the UK website unrated.co, Carl T. Ford writes that Imaoka uses the low budget of the film to his advantage by creating a documentary-influenced film which intentionally works against creating any eroticism in the sex scenes. He writes that Imaoka "isn't interested in appealing to an audience seeking sexual thrills, but instead offers an intelligent and subversive look at sexual politics." According to Ford, Imaoka skillfully uses props, such as the cabbage and the knife, to reflect the inner states of mind of his characters, and he considers the acting to be above-average for a pink film. He concludes, "the film maintains audience interest for its innovative and reflective insights into relationships and their power balance patterns, and remains a thought-provoking and somewhat artistic entry in a genre too often given over to bondage, bums, and breasts with little brains at the helm."[8]

Bibliography[edit]

English[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "ぐしょぬれ人妻教師 -制服で抱いて-" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Best Ten of 1999 (1999年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 324–326. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ a b Apple, Alex (2005). "Despite All That (review)". Snowblood Apple: Asian Extreme Cinema. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  5. ^ "1999.9~10: ぐしょ濡れ人妻教師 制服で抱いて" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  6. ^ "ぐしょ濡れ人妻教師 制服で抱いて" (in Japanese). Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Despite all that (review)". www.cinetrange.com. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  8. ^ Ford, Carl T. "DESPITE ALL THAT (review)". unrated.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2001-10-11. Retrieved 2010-02-27.