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Welcome horror fans! Scribbler Christopher Zisi brings us yet another slice of awesome! This time he takes a look at the Japanese version of “The Hitcher” but sadly there’s no Rutger Hauer just a Japanese “adult” film star. Check out…
Adult film star Miyuki Yokoyama has, of late, made some neat rape/revenge films. Today we look at 2013’s “Hicchihaiku” in which she turns in a magnificent, and eventually haunting performance. Just like her next film, “Camp” (which will soon be reviewed on Zisi Emporium for B Movies) this one is directed by Ainosuke Shibata. As in America, picking up hitchhikers on secondary roads in Japan, in every case, will have fatal results. A neat twist to this classic plot is that our heroine’s real peril might not be from the sadist hitchhiker.
Beautiful, classy, lovely, and pure… when we first gaze upon Saeko (Yokoyama), those are the adjectives that come to mind. A very classy white blouse, slightly tight black skirt, and some shiny high heels, an image of Japanese allure. Here’s the bad news… her husband, Yashio (Hiroaki Kawatsuro) is a total beast. He demeans her during their drive while downing beer after beer and chomping on cheese curls with his mouth open. Drunk he gropes her, gives her a hand job, and fondles her breasts while she drives. When she doesn’t show any appreciation for his crassness, he spits his beer on her blouse and beats her. At a rest stop, he will humiliate her by forcing her to have anal sex at a picnic table occupied by teenagers. She takes the abuse as she is very diminutive and weak.
Then as they resume their drive, Yashio takes in a clean-cut looking hitchhiker. Saeko pleads with him not to, but he wants male companionship. Quickly, the new passenger (Shoichi Matsuda) proves a homicidal psycho. At rifle point he terrorizes the couple and expresses his urge to rape Saeko. The fiend then kills a cop and a young lady witness, and orders Saeko to drive to his hidden getaway. At the getaway, Yoshio is tied up and forced to watch the madman humiliate and rape Saeko. But wait! A mysterious man in a motorcycle helmet arrives and apparently saves the day. This guy turns out to be a 7/11 clerk who may be as psychotic as the hitchhiker. Lots of fights, some twists and turns and now the torment for Saeko and Yoshio is ramped up several degrees. Saeko is now at the mercy of these two homicidal maniacs and if she unties her husband… well… will that improve her chances. Whichever plan Saeko decides to pursue, she is undergoing a change. She’ll prove anything but submissive and weak, and the results will be deadly… but for who?
Watching Saeko’s transition is most satisfying as the abuse heaped upon her in the first hour of this film is painful for us to watch. However satisfying for the viewer, the real horror may be what Saeko has become and how far will she go? The final screen shots of this film are heavy in metaphor and symbolism, and those answers are probably contained there. Both this film and “Camp” are distributed by our buddies at Troma and packaged as the DVD entitles “From Asia with Lust, Volume 1.”
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