The Japanese Wife Next Door

June 25th, 2004


The Japanese Wife Next Door

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Release Year: 2004

Rating: 5.7/10 (165 voted)

Director: Yutaka Ikejima

Stars: Kaoru Akitsu, Lemon Hanazawa, Naohiro Hirakawa

Kaoru Akitsu - Yayoi Ichinose
Lemon Hanazawa - Mina Yamazaki (as Remon Hanazawa)
Naohiro Hirakawa - Takashi Ichinose
Kikujirô Honda - Mitsuo Ichinose
Kôji Makimura - Tomekichi Ichinose
Reiko Yamaguchi - Sakura Miyoshi


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 25 June 2004

User Review

The road not taken with lots of sex thrown in

Rating: 8/10

The STORY: An office worker (Takashi Ichinose played by Naohiro Hirakawa) has the dream life. He meets two beautiful ladies at a party, both of whom seem interested in him. He ends up leaving with Sakura (played by buxom Reiko Yamaguchi). One wild night of passion followed by six months and they find themselves married and living with Takashi's family (father, grandfather, sister) in the same apartment.

The ideal situation soon takes a turn for the worse as Sakura's nymphomaniac sex drive coupled with the paper thin walls of Japanese housing, and the eventual inability of newly wed husband Takashi to keep (it) up with his wife leads to tension, drama, and of course, lots of sex in the household. All of the in-laws get in on the act. Takashi eventually runs into the lady he left behind at the party and they have a sensual fling. But he goes back to his fate, looking for a divorce. In the final scene, his family practically gang rapes him as he is forced to 'enjoy' his family's newfound lust for life.

REVIEW: Wow, where to begin. They sure can pack a lot of sex in an hour. This pinku is pretty much all about the sex. No weird torture or psycho drama. It's pretty straightforward. The sex scenes are largely played for laughs with the exception of the first one between the two main leads, and the forbidden tryst between Takashi and the jilted Ryoko - that one probably has the most passion of them all. The actresses playing Ryoko and Sakura are very attractive. The sister didn't really do much for me. It was a little unsettling to watch grandpa getting it on with Sakura but it's easily overlooked once Sakura takes her top off.

It's a fun movie, played mostly tongue in cheek (and in other parts) and as an entertaining, light, and very sexy romp, I'd have to give it 8/10.

P.S. there's a 'sequel' to this film where the director shows what would have happened had the hero chosen the other lady. Interesting idea!


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