Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai
There are a great many bizarre elements in the film. In addition to being a spy thriller about a prostitute acquiring a cloned duplicate of George Bush's finger, it includes gun fights, chases, scenes of the heroine climaxing as a result of engaging in philosophical discussions, portrayals of her sometimes hallucinatory adventures, and other oddities besides these. The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is never boring.
What is more, the director revels in his depictions of his heroine's physical charms and her sexual adventures. Her amorous escapades constitute a large part of the film's duration, and they are integral to what The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is, a naughty, but always softcore, peepshow. In different scenes, the viewer is shown Sachiko servicing several clients, wandering about naked, seducing a middle aged professor, a teenaged boy, and a North Korean agent, and being assaulted (and vaginally penetrated) by George Bush's cloned finger (while a television appears from nowhere and displays a man wearing a mask of the president, who proceeds to praise the "Bush technique").
In spite of its virtues, I will confess that The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is never really stunning. The narrative is silly, but it is not inspired, and the sex is fun, but it is rarely alive with a raw sensuality. Additionally, the movie is visually pedestrian throughout. Although it is not poorly filmed, it never provides the viewer with any gorgeous or memorable images.
Lastly, I should add that while Emi Kuroda hardly shows herself to be a great actress, she does acquit herself well. She is physically attractive and proves to have real energy as a performer. Not only is she always sexy, and provides her character with a poignant sensuality, but she is silly enough to give her sexual presence a comedic quality. The character is simultaneously seductive and weird. She is, consequently, always entertaining to watch.
I will not claim that The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is a great film. It is not. Nor will I claim that is anything other than a loopy softcore adventure. It is. I will, however, say that it is pretty entertaining and sometimes fairly inventively realized.
Review by Keith Allen
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