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Rapeman (1990) the first entry in notorious series
Rapeman (1990) the first entry in notorious series

The First Entry in the Long Running RAPEMAN Series

director: Takao Nagaishi
starring: Hiroyuki Okita Sakae Umezu Atsuko Takano Junko Asahina

Much could be written about the social ramifications of such a film and whether rape should be tolerated as a suitable theme for a lampoon. While it's true that there is nothing funny about sexual assault, there's nothing funny about murder either. Yet, it's treated humorously in an untold number of comedies.


Kindly Uncle Shotoku complains to his nephew: "We can't trust politicians anymore. Embezzlements and brides have become commonplace. That's why we're here." Then he adds "Keep your penis strong." Uncle and nephew Keisuke run an underground retribution company known as Rapeman Services, with the motto 'Righting wrongs through penetration.' Clients come to them with tales of humiliation or mistreatment at the hands of a female. If the case warrants it and they accept the assignment, Rapeman Services correct the injustice through a well orchestrated rape (performed by hockey-masked Keisuke). "When the law is powerless, we will punish the guilty," says Rapeman in the beginning of #2. Of course, they also accept money for this service. The funds are used to help finance the Sunflower Orphanage where Keisuke spent his youth. Click here for RAPEMAN 2.

Specifically, this film (the first in the series) deals with numerous Revenge Rapes from the assault of a young woman who bamboozled simpleton out of his life savings to the rape of a corrupt politician's wife with ties to the Yakuza). Both of the lead actors are entertainment veterans. Sakae Umezu (Uncle) is a popular character actor who brings experience and dignity to this arguably inelegant undertaking. But Hiroyuki Okita - a former teen-idol pop singer - shines as the perfect Clark Kent choice for the Rapeman role, mild-mannered school teacher by day, vigilante rapists by night. The series came to an abrupt end with his death in the spring of '99 after seven hit installments.



A Japanese film with English subtitles; widescreen format, uncut version (84 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT, playable on any American machine. Extras include trailers.

Sexual Brutality/Violence/Rape/Nudity/Sexual Material:
Intended for Adult Audiences

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