Film #346: GOKUSHITEKI EROSU aka EXTREME PRIVATE EROS: LOVE SONG 1974
Gokushiteki Erosu aka Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
2 out of 5 stars
As a document of a specific time (Okinawa in the early ‘70s), this is a mildly interesting documentary. However, the production is plagued with numerous issues that make it difficult to recommend. First, the film and sound are rarely in synch (which is distracting). Second, the film's subject, Miyuki Takeda, is a) someone with a personality that is so off-putting and self-absorbed, b) has some very deep-seated self-respect and self-identity issues, and c) talks a gang of shit about wanting to be loved and yet continually sabotages every opportunity, so that you never care about her, much less want to see her succeed. The ending is abrupt and offers nothing for the audience to take with it... other than "Aren't you glad you didn't ever date THIS broad?!?" The director, Kazuo Hara, is WAY too close to his subject in this and comes off just this side of "stalker." I continually kept checking my watch and asking, "Man, is this shit over yet?" Yeah, not a good sign. Japanophiles may want to see it for a glimpse at what life was like in Okinawa in the early ‘70s, but others will find it slow, tedious, and boring.