The Inferno of First Love | Chicago Reader

The Inferno of First Love

A teenage boy and girl (played by 19-year-old nonprofessionals) have a nude encounter in which the boy is unable to function sexually, and traumatic flashbacks follow as they recount their lives to each other. The boy was molested as a child, and the girl performs nude shows, some including S-M, in the chaotic Shinjuku district of Tokyo. Stylistically disjointed, Susumu Hani's 1968 film lurches from silhouettes of S-M performers to grainy flashbacks to noirish scenes of the present, providing an effective if sometimes disorienting portrait of two young people struggling to find themselves in an almost valueless world.


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