WET WOMAN IN THE WIND
Directed by Akihiko Shiota
Official Selection, 2016 Locarno Film Festival
Recluse Kosuke thinks he’s got it all figured out. He’s sworn off women and now lives in a makeshift shack in the forest, surrounded by howling wolves. One day though, he catches the eye – and the sneer and the wrench-like thighs – of a mysterious “love hunter” named Shiori who cannot believe that a man like Kosuke can resist the temptations of a woman like her. He needs to concentrate!, he says, though for the next few days and nights, Shiori will find increasingly irresistible ways to make sure he concentrates only on her and what she wants. Call it pride or call it revenge. Regardless, Shiori is calling the shots.
Hilarious in its audacity and its choreography, WET WOMAN IN THE WIND is a ribald game of sex and power that takes prisoners and tears the house down. Flaying men’s sense of spiritual, professional, domestic, and biological control with utter, senseless glee, director Akihiko Shiota takes advantage of the “roman porno” format to relentlessly and delightfully unleash challenge after challenge to Kosuke’s chastity. A cast of memorable supporting characters fill out the chorus of dogs in heat, but it’s Yuki Mamiya as the titular woman who steals a lot more than just the show. –Brian Hu
Writer: Akihiko Shiota
Starring: Yuki Mamiya, Tasuku Nagaoka