Director – Nobuaki Shirai (Days of the Bawdy Ballad, Nun Story: Frustration in Black)
Starring – Erina Miyai (Zoom In: Rape Apartments, White Love), Natsuko Yashiro (Beautiful Girl Hunter, In the Realm of Sex), and Toru Ibuki (Terror of Mechgodzilla, Destroy All Monsters)
Release Date – 1978
Rating – 3/5
I cant watch just one sleazy movie and toss in another. It’s always fun to have a sleazy double feature and marathon and I’m not one to turn myself down for fun. After I watched, and was disappointed with, Nun’s Diary: Confession I decided to see if Impulse Pictures could redeem themselves. I went ahead and tossed in another release from the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection.
This time I went with 1978’s Women in Prison. This was another first time watch for me and I have to say that I’m glad I finished my sleazy double feature with this film because it was leagues better than Nun’s Diary. Thank you Impulse for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a married woman who recently become a mother who finds herself in legal troubles. She soon finds herself behind bars covering for her husband’s shady business dealings. However, prison is exactly as you would expect from a sexploitation film as she is subject to abuse physically and sexually.**spoiler alert**
I never expect a genre defining piece of cinema when I toss in the raunchy releases from Impulse Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome, The Sleaze Box, and so on but I do expect to find some entertainment value. Nun’s Dairy failed to deliver that but I really enjoyed Women in Prison. I don’t find a lot of the women in prison films to be entertaining so I was rather shocked by how much I enjoyed this one.
The acting in this one is maybe a little better than previous films from this collection but not enough to really notice. The cast, like always, is naturally more comfortable nude than delivering dialogue and it shows in each scene. They really do try but the characters lack of personality along with the style of film just made some of the scenes feel very uneven and distracting.
The story for this one is like every other women in prison flick except the sexuality is dialed up a lot higher. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the sex and the scenarios I would have tuned out way before the end credits. What we get is not that original but it is fun. I really enjoyed it but I wasn’t expecting something new.
Finally, this one is a little more violent than the others but don’t expect a bloodbath. In fact, don’t expect blood at all. However, if women nude in prison is your thing then you are in the right place. Overall, Women in Prison may not be the most original film but it does offer up some sleazy fun. Grab the DVD now from Impulse Pictures!