Adult, Crime

True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues (1975)

0 Comments 12 December 2012

True Story of a Woman in Jail Continues coverStudio: Impulse/Synapse

Theatrical Release: July 1st, 1975

DVD Release: July 10th, 2012

Rating: Unrated

Directed by Kôyû Ohara

Review by Craig Sorensen

 I was a fan of the first film in the True Story of a Woman in Jail series (True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell).  It’s a truly demented take on the old tired women-in-prison clichés.  And while I can’t say that it’s sequel (appropriately titled True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues) is a bad film, it leaves me wanting.  Maybe my expectations were too high.  Up to this point the first is my favorite film in the Nikkatsu Roman Porno series and it set the bar pretty high, in my opinion.  And I guess if you were just looking for more of the same then you’re in luck.  Maybe I’m just getting spoiled.  Even when I’m less than enamored with the film I’m constantly surprised by the Nikkatsu series (for better or worse).  And this is the first film in the series that didn’t do that for me.  It’s just more of the same.

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So Hitomi Kozue is back as another character named Mayumi, basically the same character she played in the first film only with a slightly different back story.  Anyway, she’s back in jail and dealing with the same sort of treatment that she dealt with in the last film.  There’s the prerequisite girl gang sexual abuse of the new prisoners, sexy bath time, makeshift dildos, sleazy guards and teenage pregnancies.  I guess a few new wrinkles do pop up, there’s a riot this time out, a forced miscarriage and a transvestite.  Those new elements do liven things up a bit when the film needs it but still, you’ve seen this before.  Even with my misgivings, the film is still sleazy fun and you could do a lot worse.  I’d probably still choose this over some Ajita Wilson prison film.

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As expected, Impulse’s DVD looks great, as have all the entries so far in the Nikkatsu series.  Colors seem to be true to what I imagine they would look like theatrically.  Flesh tones are natural and blood is nice and bright red.  The film is presented in a nice 2.35:1 ratio (16×9 enhanced of course).  The only audio option is the original Japanese mono but it’s more than acceptable.  Dialog is loud and clear and the awesome soundtrack sounds great.  The only extra is another excellent essay by Jasper Sharp.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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