March 24, 2017
Wet Woman in the Wind
(Dir. Akihiko Shiota, 2016)
Los Angeles premiere!
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
One afternoon, a young woman gets across by bicycle in front of a man pulling a two-wheeled cart. The man named Kosuke avoids the bustle of the city and is living in a mountain lodge. He used to play an active role as a playwright, but lives a quiet life to escape from the past. The bicycle-girl is named Shiori. She works at a café as if nothing has happened, manipulating the café owner with her young and attractive body, while even wearing his estranged wife’s clothes. Shiori, with a lot of vital energy and sexual desire, physically involves herself with people around Kosuke one after another. Consequently, Kosuke is also forced to be caught up in a spiral of desire... (Nikkatsu)
[An] adult, always amusing battle of attraction and repulsion played out in ever more hilarious variations... Of course, this includes ever wilder sex, habitually practiced even while working, phoning, or eating—it becomes the art of life.
- Christoph Huber, Cinema Scope
A formal genre exercise with energy to spare, and a cheerfully dirty mind... It’s an astonishingly athletic performance from both Mamiya and Nagaoka, and an absurdly enjoyable film.
- Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
A triumph of spontaneity and freedom within tight production and budget constraints, a lively box of surprises reinventing classic screwball tropes with a dose of subversive Marx Brothers anarchy injected into the proceedings.
- Jorge Mourinha, MUBI Notebook
Shiota rises to [Nikkatsu's] restrictions with flair and energy... [nodding] to his own back-catalogue, to Howard Hawks' screwball classic Bringing Up Baby, and to several Roman Porno classics along the way.
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Infused with an unstoppable energy, which shouldn’t let us overlook the delectable subtlety of [Shitoa's] mise-en-scène and dialog.
- Aurélie Godet, Pardo Live
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