Uncle's Paradise

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Uncle's Paradise
Uncle's Paradise.jpg
Poster for Uncle's Paradise in its original theatrical release as Mighty Extreme Woman (2006)
Directed by Shinji Imaoka[1]
Produced by Daisuke Asakura
Written by Fumio Moriya
Starring Shirō Shimomoto
Minami Aoyama
Music by Bito
Cinematography Kazuhiro Suzuki
Edited by Shōji Sakai
Distributed by Kokuei / Shintōhō
Release date(s) May 12, 2006
Running time 64 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Uncle's Paradise (おじさん天国 Ojisan tengoku?) aka Mighty Extreme Woman (絶倫絶女 Zetsurin zetsujo?) is a 2006 Japanese pink film directed by Shinji Imaoka.

Synopsis[edit]

This erotic comedy follows the life of Haruo Maekawa, a young man who makes a living catching squid. Haruo is obsessed with catching a legendary giant squid rumored to live in Tokyo Bay. Haruo's uncle Takashi, fallen on hard times, comes to stay with his nephew until he can get back on his feet. Uncle Takashi is addicted to energy drinks, and seduces any woman in sight, including Haruo's girlfriend Rika. After making a sexual conquest, Uncle Takashi "marks his territory" by writing his name in red on the back of the woman. He takes a job as a pizza delivery man, but this job ends when he gets in an accident. While praying at a Shintō shrine, Uncle Takashi is bitten in the scrotum by a poisonous snake and dies. The uncle is destined to spend the afterlife in Hell unless his nephew and girlfriend can rescue him from the King of Hell.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

  • Shirō Shimomoto: Takashi Takayama[4]
  • Minami Aoyama: Rika Kamiyama
  • Mutsuo Yoshioka: Haruo Maekawa
  • Masataka Matsubara: Kouichi Iwata
  • Rinako Hirasawa: Shiho Itō
  • Yumeka Sasaki: Woman in Uncle Takashi's dream
  • Takeshi Itō: Enma, King of Hell
  • Harumi Ogawa: Kyōko Oda
  • Daisuke Iijima: Maruyama
  • Mari Yamaguchi: Woman in Hell
  • Akira Sawada: Woman in Hell
  • Hiroshi Satō: Woman in Hell

Critical reception[edit]

In the The Japan Times, Mark Schilling writes that the film is, "a surrealistic comedy about the erotic trials and triumphs of a pep-tonic addicted middle-age man and his squid-fishing nephew, climaxing in a descent to love-hotel hell, with Satan as the desk clerk."[5] Jasper Sharp, in Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema, calls the Uncle's Paradise one of director Imaoka's least satisfactory and least typical works.[6] He writes, however, that the film works well "in a structureless, no-holds-barred nonsense sort of way, chockfull of some admittedly very funny belly laughs."[7]

The pink film community awarded lead actress Minami Aoyama with the Best Actress prize at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony. Pink film veteran Shiro Shimomoto was given the Best Actor award for his role as Uncle Takashi. Mutsuo Yoshioka won Best Actor second place for his role as the nephew. The film was picked as the eighth best pink release of 2006.[8][9] At the Pinky Ribbon Awards, Uncle's Paradise was given the Silver Prize.[10]

Availability[edit]

Uncle's Paradise title, used on the December 2006 Japanese DVD release

The film was originally released theatrically in Japan as Mighty Extreme Woman on May 12, 2006.[4] On December 9, 2006 it was released as Uncle's Paradise in Japan,[11] and Pink Eiga Inc. has plans to release the film on DVD in the U.S. under that title.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

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Japanese[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from "絶倫絶女" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Uncle's Paradise". pinkeiga.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 329–330. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ a b "絶倫絶女" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  5. ^ Schilling, Mark (2008-02-15). "Pensioners can do 'porn' too". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ Sharp, p. 329.
  7. ^ Sharp, p. 330.
  8. ^ "Best Ten of 2006 (2006年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ Toda, Miho (2007-05-08). ""Pink" Films Seen with Great Excitement on the Shinbungeiza Theater's Big Screen! The Academy Awards of the R-18 Film "19th Pink Prize" (新文芸坐の大スクリーンで観る"ピンク"な映画に大興奮! R-18映画のアカデミー賞こと<第19回ピンク大賞>は立見続出!!! - Shinbungeiza no dai screen de miru "Pink" na eiga ni daikofun! R-18 eiga no akademiisho koto "Dai 19kai pinku taishō" wa tachikenzokushutsu!!)" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "もろもろ告知 (Various notices)" (in Japanese). Pinky Ribbon Award site. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  11. ^ "おじさん天国" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
Preceded by
Hard Lesbian: Quick and Deep
Pink Grand Prix Eighth Best Film
2006
Succeeded by
Fascinating Woman: The Temptation of Creampie
Preceded by
Huge Tits G-Cup: Rapturous Valley
Pinky Ribbon Awards Silver Prize
2006
Succeeded by
Adultery Addiction: Sensual Daze