After his boyfriend is kidnapped by an all-girl gang known as The Bombers, a man asks for help from the S&M Hunter. An anti-hero who’s a bondage genius and can tame wild women by tying them up with rope.
Not since Frigga has there been such a badass character with an eye-patch. (You can keep your Snake Plissken’s; I'll take S&M Hunter) Why couldn't there have been (anti)heroes like S&M Hunter in my childhood? Seriously. Superman? Batman? Who needs those pussies when you've got a man who can turn women into obedient slaves by wrapping up them up in elaborate rope bondage setups with a simple flick of the wrist. Not only is that a badass super-anti-hero but that is a MAN for you.
Now before you take to arms and condone me for being a sexist or misogynistic, please realize that I actually don't think that way, I'm just getting into character for the review. Actually, "S&M Hunter" kind of shocked me with its blatant and heavy handed misogynistic attitude that it has, but after awhile I began to realize that it was being done for the sake of comedy. I'm sure we're all aware that Japan and Pinku cinema isn't exactly an area where sexes are treated as equals. But the idea of an anti-hero making women obedient and turning them into slaves, which according to this movie is the way they should be, is actually being done in the name of humor here.
You don't have to look hard to find the humor; "S&M Hunter" pretty much wears its heart on its sleeve about its attitude and intentions. It takes the traditional story of protagonist vs. antagonist or rather good vs. evil and puts a very bizarre twist on it by adding in the art of rope-bondage that Japan is famous for. Then having the protagonist have an almost superhuman like ability to entrap women in these setups by giving his trusty rope a good toss. Of course we have to have a damsel in distress, in this case it's a man trying to get his boyfriend rescued from an all-girl gang who plans to rape the gay out of him, and well, with all that...You've got a very silly movie on your hands.
There isn't much to talk about with "S&M Hunter" due to its very brief runtime and an amazingly simple yet entertaining storyline. I don't know the full history of "S&M Hunter" but watching the movie, it felt like they pulled the story and characters straight from the pages of a comic and turned into a perfect movie. I'm also not very familiar with Pinku movies, so I don't know if the humor in here is common, but regardless the general silliness and light hearted nature of the movie made it very enjoyable. 'Light hearted' may seem like an odd term to use for a movie dealing with bondage but "S&M Hunter" never becomes too agressive or violent with the sex, which is another aspect that makes it a very approachable movie. So if you're like me and haven't explored these types of movies yet but are looking to, then this is a good starting point.