Title: Journey To Japan

Also known as:
Poruno no joô: Nippon sex ryokô (Original Japan title)
The Pornstar Travels Around Japan
Sexresan Till Japan (Swedish DVD title)

Year: 1973

Genre: Drama / Romance / Exploitation

Language: Swedish / Japanese

Runtime: 72 min

Director: Sadao Nakajima

Writer: Sadao Nakajima & Takeo Kaneko

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070448/

Plot:
Ingrid (Christina Lindberg), a Swedish girl, goes to Japan to deliver a package, and while there she also plans to stay a while to experience something other than the boring country she comes from. As she arrives, she accidently enters the wrong car. Now she's in the car with a sex crazed Japanese man, who at first is filled with confusion, but eventually starts to realize that he can use this girl for his own pleasure.

Our thoughts:
Sometimes you just know what to expect from a movie. You think you have the entire movie worked out in your head before you've watched it. "Journey To Japan" was like that, atleast I thought. I expected the typical Christina Lindberg film with lots of sex and abuse, and not really much more to it. I'd lie if I said I didn't get that too, but I was also impressed by the story and emotion that was put into the film. Like "Sex & Fury", this is another Japanese 70's film that came out because of the fact that Christina Lindberg (or Kurisuchina Rindobaagu, as they call her in Japan) was such a smashing hit in the nude model and exploitation film industry of the early 70's. Japan, being the perverted country as they are, of course wanted to have this wonderful woman in their films.

The movie starts out hilarious, it had me laughing many times before the first rape scene. It's like one of those confusion-comedies of the 80's in America, where they think a person is someone else, or where one talks about one thing and the other one about something different, both in ways that could confuse. I don't know if it has a name, but I think you know what I mean. That's how the film starts out. It has some unintentional comedy along with some intentional. Ingrid arrives in Japan to deliver some goods, she enters a car that has almost the same number plate as the one she was suppose to take. The man in that car is extremely confused, but since he's been out of luck with women lately, he'll gladly drive this beautiful girl. Of course, he has no idea where to drive her, and she continues to tell him, in Swedish, that he knows where she wants to go. Since they can't talk to eachother, I suppose the Japanese pervert assumed she wanted to go home with him since she continues to get back in the car. When they arrive at his home, the silly comedy turns to exploitation. It's not the roughest film Christina Lindberg has been in, but the acting and stuff made the rape scenes pretty harsch even though they weren't either very graphic or brutal. The man keeps her tied up at home, he photographs her naked, he rapes her over and over again. All this leads to Ingrid starting to act like she enjoys it, only so that he'll keep her untied at all time. When he's out, she escapes. Instead of going to the cops (for some weird reason we don't know), she ends up in a bar, where she meets a group of Yakuza members after she notices that one of them can speak Swedish. They tell her she can stay there, and you can see the relief in here eyes when she's found a safe place to be. But it turns out that it's not that safe at all, as the entire group ends up raping her while the girl in the gang films it. Beaten, bruised and emotionally hurt, Ingrid is back out on the streets where she meets the man who had her tied up. He brings her back home and a "Stockholm Syndrome"-ish kind of thing starts to develop between them as feelings starts to grow.

It might sound like I spoiled alot of the plot there, but I don't feel like I did, because the film is alot more than what you can read about it. The film is actually really interesting, and the plot isn't as bad as people make it out to be. If anything, some of the acting is the only problem that I could find in this film that is big enough to complain about. But atleast in this film Christina Lindberg actually played a Swedish girl rather than a British one like in "Sex & Fury". The film goes from funny, to intriguing, to genuinly sadistic, and yes, sometimes it even becomes ridiculous. It takes alot to make all these things melt together as good as they do in this one. And no, I'm not saying there aren't plotholes and such at times, like how they actually seem to understand eachother at times even though they don't understand the language, but really, keep your mind focused on the actual film and you'll be able to ignore it.

It's a pretty good 70's film that I recommend to any Christina Lindberg fan, or just anyone who enjoys some violent smut. Don't expect it to be as rough as "Thriller: A Cruel Picture", or as violent as "Sex & Fury". What you can expect is lots of Christina Lindberg tits and ass, some funny moments, a rather solid story for being what it is, and just an entertaining film from an era long gone. Long live Lindberg!


Positive things:
- Decent story. Much better than people say it is.
- Tits and ass.
- The stupid unintenional AND intentional comedy.
- Even managed to get harsch at times.
- Perfect runtime. More would've been too long.
Negative things:
- Some of the acting. Christina Lindberg was never known for being a terrific actress, but this would be one of the better roles I've seen her in. Of course, the best is "Thriller: A Cruel Picture".

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

We bought this movie from:
SubDVD.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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