With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Monday, September 10, 2012

ACF 1616: THE CURSE M - DVD due out tomorrow, September 11th

Switchblade Pictures
The Curse M / M no jubaku
Directed by Takeshi Niizato
Japan, 2009, 71 minutes
In Japanese with non-removable English subtitle
SRP: $19.98

Switchblade Pictures' next film based on Oniroku Dan's bondage writings will be available tomorrow, Tuesday. September 11, 2012. (For my review of their previous offering, The Devil's Feast, click here.)

Akemi, posing for Uemura, is caught in his camera's flash

Uemura is a photographer who does a lot of work for a soft-core porno magazine that features cleavage and ass. Often accompanying him on assignment is lovely Akemi. But the two also have a non-work-related relationship: she both poses for his bondage photography and allows him to treat her rough, the only way he can get sexually excited.

Mari, left, and Uemura contemplate the last work by a dead artist

Outdoors one day, Uemura looks through his telephoto lens and sees a comely young woman dressed in a black dress, with a hat and veil to match. He follows her to an exhibit of works by an artist who recently died a horrible death. Uemura learns that her name is Mari and that she is the wife of Dr. Genjiro Takahashi, a pioneer in cancer research.

Uemura, left, and Mari

Mari has problems. She has bad dreams. Her husband has sexual issues. Her mother-in-law is on her case about providing an heir for the Takahashi family line. Oh, and it seems that any of her lovers who've been with her a second time die a cursed death. Hence, The Curse M, for Mari.

The film maintains a high level of suspense as to whether Mari is responsible for these deaths, or if they're the work of another person or perhaps even a supernatural force. The answer has potentially grave implications for Uemura, who after their first tryst has become totally smitten by Mari's voluptuous charms.

Mari, bound for Uemura's pleasure

The Curse M has a half dozen soft-core sex scenes (i.e., no genitals exposed and certainly no penetration). There is some beautifully depicted bondage, although the ropes could perhaps have been tied a bit more tightly, all the better to make the flesh stand out.

The film is another solid sexploitation offering from Switchblade. There are no meaningful special features, just DVD credits and trailers for three other releases from Switchblade Pictures.

ACF Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.

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