Love Hotel (1985 film)

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Love Hotel
Directed by Shinji Sōmai
Written by Takashi Ishii
Starring Minori Terada
Noriko Hayami
Cinematography Noboru Shinoda
Release date
  • August 3, 1985 (1985-08-03)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Love Hotel (ラブホテル?) is a 1985 Japanese pink film in Nikkatsu's Roman porno series, directed by Shinji Sōmai and starring Noriko Hayami.[1]


When businessman Tetsuro Muraki has his company go bankrupt and his wife Ryoko is raped by gangsters who use her body to pay off his debts, he succumbs to despair. He hires a prostitute, Nami, to go with him to a love hotel with sex and suicide in mind.[2]


  • Minori Terada (寺田農) as Tetsuro Muraki
  • Noriko Hayami as Nami Tsuchiya
  • Rie Nakagawa (中川梨絵) as Masayo Ohta
  • Kiriko Shimizu (志水季里子) as Ryoko Muraki
  • Nobutaka Masutomi (益富信孝 ) as Kiyoshi Ohta
  • Toshinori Omi (尾美としのり) as the Assistant Director
  • Kōichi Satō as the Taxi Driver


Although director Shinji Sōmai had worked for Nikkatsu in the 1970s and served as an assistant director, this film marked his only work in the Roman porno genre for Nikkatsu. The film was produced by the Directors's Company (ディレクターズ カンパニー), an association of young directors formed in 1982.[3] The screenplay was the work of Takashi Ishii who would later rework the script for his directorial debut, the 1988 film Angel Guts: Red Vertigo.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

7th Yokohama Film Festival[4]

The film also won the Nikkatsu in-house award for Best Film of the Year.[2]


  1. ^ "Love Hotel". Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. p. 252. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  3. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ 第7回ヨコハマ映画祭 1985年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 

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