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Suffering of Ninko

One of Nikkatsu studio’s recent Roman Porno revival productions, Suffering of Ninko focuses on a Buddhist monk, living during the Edo period, whose vows of chastity are constantly tested due to his mere presence whipping up sexual desire in those around him. Meanwhile, in the forest, a woman who is irresistible to men leaves a trail of victims behind her. Director Norihiro Niwatsukino ties it all together with animated sequences that enticingly mimic Ukiyo-e illustrations. “Cheesy production values, a tongue-in-cheek attitude, and the seriously bizarre plot stand to make this a cult favorite.”—Maggie Lee, Variety

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Comedy, Drama