The Bite

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The Bite
The Bite.jpg
Poster to the 1960s US release of The Bite
Directed by

Kan Mukai[1]

Produced by Teruo Yamoto[3]
Written by Miki Yamada[3]
Starring Senjo Ichiriki
Michiko Shiroyami
Cinematography Jiro Suzuki[3]
Kokuei / Tōkyō Geijutsu Pro[4]
Distributed by Olympic International Films (USA 1960s)
Cinema Epoch (USA 2008)[2]
Release date
August 1966[4]
Running time
62 minutes[1][2]
Country Japan
Language Japanese
English (film exists only in dubbed version)

The Bite (, Esa) a.k.a. Bait (1966) is a Japanese pink film directed by Hiroshi Mukai, credited as "Kan Mukai" in the international English-dubbed version, and starring Senjo Ichiriki and Michiko Shiroyami.


A gigolo is paid by a rich older woman to seduce young girls while she and friends watch his love-making behind a two-way mirror. He tries to break free of the older woman's control, but when his sick mother needs an operation, he returns to the rich woman, making love to her for money. Humiliated by his dependency, he takes the woman's daughter to the love-show, where he rapes her in front of her mother.[1][5]


  • Michiko Shiroyami[5]
  • Senjo Ichiriki
  • Machiko Matsumoto
  • Keisuke Senda
  • Natsue Hanaha


Olympic International Films released The Bite to the U.S. grindhouse circuit soon after its original release in Japan.[1][2] The film was released in Britain in 1967 as Bait.[6][7]

Since its first run, The Bite had been considered a lost film.[8] Jasper Sharp notes that had it not been for the overeas release of films like The Bite, these films would likely not be available today, as many early pink films were not saved in Japan.[9] The film was rediscovered and released in an English-dubbed version on region-0 DVD by Gregory Hatanaka's Cinema Epoch label on May 13, 2008.[10] Preceding the DVD release, Portland, Oregon's Clinton Street Theater played The Bite on a double feature with Mamoru Watanabe's Slave Widow (1967) on May 9 and May 11, 2008.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Krafsur, Richard P. (1976). "THE BITE (Japan) F6.0425". American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures, The; Feature Films 1961-70. New York & London: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 94. ISBN 0-8352-0440-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Bite (combined details)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b c The Bite: film credits (DVD). Cinema Epoch. 2008-05-13. 
  4. ^ a b (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  5. ^ a b The Bite at AllMovie
  6. ^ "ESA". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  7. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  8. ^ a b "JAPANESE SEXPLOITATION CINEMA IN 35mm!". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  9. ^ Sharp (2008), p. 181.
  10. ^ "The Bite". Retrieved 2009-03-08.