A high school guy gets into trouble after being accused of assaulting a female classmate. He leaves the school after attacking a teacher, and goes away for the summer to a coastal town. He's becoming more and more violent, and settles in with the wrong crowd. One day he meets his teacher again, as she has rented a house nearby...
It's not that uncommon in sexploitation cinema to have Freudian plots that base themselves on sexualization of "authority figures" like teachers, parents, bosses. Hell, it's probably not that unusual in real life either. So whenever you stumble upon a Japanese sexploitation film with that theme, it's easy to just sigh and say "Here goes another one!". Not that they are always bad, of course, but no matter how much is being said between the lines, what social commentary it carries, it has kinda been said before - hasn't it? The "Female Teacher" movies are clearly not far from that tree, and in "Female Teacher: Hunting" it might actually be trying to say something.
More drama than some of the fellow Nikkatsu's (I feel like I say a variation of this sentence is every review, but there are plenty of really sex-focused/no-plot titles from Nikkatsu too), this one is about a high school guy who is accused of assaulting a female classmate when they're doing some late night skinny-dipping. He ends up getting in trouble after pushing a teacher, and leaves the school then and there. He sets out to a coastal town where be decides to spend his summer - a summer filled with violence, sex and young man's angst. Soon he will meet the teacher again. She rents a house in the same town to meet up with her lover in secret. After a summer of going down the wrong path, the high school kid is not too pleased with meeting his teacher.
The subtitle, "Hunting", might not be one to focus on too hard, but I do see something in here that makes it an appropriate title. Not the exploitive hunt you might expect, but rather of finding where you belong, what you are after, what you truly want. I mean, this is still intertwined with lots of sex for sex's sake and exploitation, so take it for what it is. And what it is? Probably ambitious filmmakers working under certain rules under a company. Trying to get the most meaningful and interesting plot together as you can during a mere 60-70 min and with assured sex once every 10 minutes. I think "Female Teacher: Hunting" is one of those that mixes it well, though I was personally not into the plot of this one. It simply didn't intrigued me, but I see what they tried to do. It's an effort I appreciate, that's for sure though.
Is it exploitation? Okay, yes, it kinda still is. It's not without those traits - violence, rape, assault, it's all very much here. It gets rough in a few scenes, but I'll stand by the other themes that keep it from violent filth and helps it lean to its intended drama.
"Female Teacher: Hunting" gives an appropriate amount of censored sex while trying to deliver a story of teenage angst, the search for where you belong and other universal themes. It might not offer that much depth, but the effort is duly noted. I think this is a movie that could potentially latch on to people who might not be interested in the erotic Nikkatsu flicks to begin with. Those who are used to the Nikkatsu style by now can also appreciate it since sex and exploitation is quite present. Worth a purchase if you're curious, no doubt.