True Story of a Woman in Soapland: Tear! [DVD Review]

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True Story of a Woman in Soapland: Tear! almost dares you to make fun of it. Serving up as a late 80s Nikkatsu movie, it doesn’t shy away from its purpose. A middle aged man learns that his high school lover has become a prostitute at the local bordello. This led me to researching what a Soapland was in 80s Japan.

Basically, a Soapland is a whorehouse that attempts to operate above the board. The problem for our middle aged hero is that he’s a scumbag. Kikuta and his old lover Hasekura hit it off, but Hasekura doesn’t take kindly to being dumped. So, she goes super psycho and stalks Kikuta back to his normal life.

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What follows would have turned into an early 90s thriller in America. In 80s Japan, it lead to more sex and soft whimpering. I have a feeling that if I had more of a connection or understanding of the Soapland, it would be more impactful. As it stands, it’s a decent of enough feature. But, I felt clueless watching most of it.

The DVD comes with removable subtitles as the sole special feature.

True Story of a Woman in Soapland: Tear! gets a DVD release on Feb 11th, 2020 from Impulse/Synapse.

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