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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI
(Hatsujo kateikyoshi: sensei no aijiru)
"A weird, hilarious wet dream for intellectuals" -Japan Times
"Imagine a porn producer who hires David Cronenberg to remake Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and you get the idea." -Philadelphia Enquirer
Tip of the Week! "Stunningly weird, inventive" -New City Chicago
Can a genius call girl save the world?
Sachiko Hanai (Emi Kuroda) is a sex worker at an imekura (or sexual role-play club), who has been blessed with a curvy figure and an aptitude for her work. While waiting for her co-worker, she stumbles upon a secret meeting between a North Korean and a Middle Eastern-looking man that proves to be a deadly day. When violence breaks out, a stray bullet hits her smack in the center of her forehead and leaves her staggering for the door. The next day she finds a strange metal can in her pocket and after dislodging the bullet, she is suddenly able to understand foreign languages and solve complex mathematic formulas. Unfortunately, the cylinder she picked up happens to contain the finger of George W. Bush, whose fingerprint is capable of unleashing a devastating nuclear apocalypse across the world. Will the call girl turned genius be able to stop the world's mass destruction or will it be left to the finger! The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai began life as a pink film, the durable Japanese soft-core genre, with the title Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice, but it soon developed into a cult hit, and the producers allowed director Meike Mitsuru to expand it. In its current form, it rudely satirizes everything from academic pretension to current American foreign policy. It is the only Japanese sex film that manages to combine explicit sequences of carnal lust with discourses on existentialism, and as satire on the Bush administration, The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is an absolute riot.
Directed by Meike Mitsuru, Japan, 2006, 35mm, 90 mins.