The constant sexual rejection by her husband leads Kyoko to go to a sex club. The club, "The Sleeping Room", is a place where they drug the costumer and have men out their fetishes on the sleeping women, using a drug called Halcion. Kyoko later decides to skip taking the pill so that she can witness first hand what she is being used for.
Hisayasu Sato is a pretty new name to me, but I have seen some of his films without really acknowleding the director behind them. He directed such films as "Naked Blood", "Love - Zero = Infinity", a segment of "Rampo Noir", the bootleg favorite "Horse-Woman-Dog", "Lolita Vibrator Torture" and some other known and/or notorious films. Even though I have seen some of his films, there was just never a connection for me or anything that garnered the interest to look up the person behind the films.
"Unfaithful Wife: Shameful Torture" (as I like to call it, instead of "The Bedroom". Just sounds more interesting) is about a woman, Kyoko, who is sick of her husband rejecting her sexually and always stating he doesn't want to live the "family life" she is building up around him. To be able to deal with this, she visits a sex club where people go to get drugged so that other people can use them for whatever they want to while they sleep. To really experience it, she eventually decides to skip taking the pill and just pretend that she's dosed off. Some women at the club have been found dead by overdose, and the first one we're presented to turns out to be the sister of our lead.
It's hard to just explain the movie by going through the story, since the main plot essentially is Kyoko's sexual desires and how she lives them out. But the movie is built around voyeurism, loneliness and depersonalization. You never really know what's real and what is just a mere fantasy, and the style of the movie doesn't help this get any easier. An example of this is that every time she goes to the sex club, we see it by her opening her fridge and then she's there. It manages to give us a feeling of disconnection through reality by having video cameras be a big part of the movie, also adding to the feel of voyeurism. The movie starts with black spray paint covering a survellience camera.
I watched a pretty poor quality bootleg of this, but the style is very much present either way. It's playful with it's colors yet it has a dark and bleak feel to it, creating a nice contrast. Personally I think that the most powerful part of this movie in fact is the style, turning it to something other than just a pinku film.
The biggest problem I had with it is that it's a bit hard to follow. It's not impossible, but because it doesn't really wait for you to catch up with what has happened, you might find yourself scratching your head. It is a good movie, but maybe there could've been some work done to keep it from basicly going back and forth to the same sort of things - Kyoko at home, to Kyoko at the club. In a movie that is just an hour long, it works, but it's not the best way to describe the story. Although, when you consider the style it has chosen I think the confusion and the storytelling is done like this on purpose.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding this movie because it has Issei Sagawa in the role of the sex club owner. Issei Sagawa is famous because he killed a woman in Paris, performed necrophilia on her body and then ate her. And he was later set free in Japan. Note that I'm not talking about his character in the movie, but the actor himself did this. Before going into this movie I decided to check a documentary on him and it's safe to say that he's a weird guy. He feels no remorse for what he has done, he talks about it openly and has even became a minor celebrity because he has written books and made films about his crimes. He also admits that his obsession with eating women hasn't gone away, but that he won't kill again. Interesting trivia for this little movie, I must say. I had expected to have a hard time caring for the movie because of this, but his role is brief and I kinda think he was hired for the part just because of the controversy it would bring to the movie.
I liked "Unfaithful Wife: Shameful Torture". It's not fantastic by any means, but it's a pinku oddity that manages to get your mind going. It's heavy on the style, going an experimental route, and I think that's essentially why I enjoyed the movie as much as I did. It could easily just have been a movie about perversity, instead it tells a story about loneliness and being disconnect in a way that spoke to me. It's still perverse, by the way. It's just not the main attraction.