Monday, March 11, 2013

Female Teacher: In Front Of The Students (DVD Review)

Directed By: Yasurou "Yasuaki" Uegaki
Written By: Masayasu Daikuhara
Starring: Rushia Santo, Toru Nakane, Hiromichi Hori
Color/70 Minutes/Not Rated

The Film
Reiko has just started a new job at a high school teaching English and coaching tennis. She is a young attractive teacher that is well aware that the students have fallen for her. One night after tennis practice she is attacked and raped in the shower room by a masked man leaving only a jigsaw puzzle piece behind. Just a few days later a pair of her students who happen to be a couple kidnap Reiko and perform perverted acts on her for kicking the boy off the tennis team for mistreating other students. 

After being released the teacher continues her search to find who dropped the puzzle piece and is led to another teacher who does jigsaw puzzles in his spare time but Reiko doesn't quite find what she is looking for. After another encounter with the students Reiko begins to come to terms with her feelings and urges while discovering the identity of the person behind the puzzle piece

FEMALE TEACHER: IN FRONT OF THE STUDENTS is quite an exploitative 70 minutes. With everything from shower rape, to group sex with students and a bit of kidnapping and torture Yasurou Uegaki has made one of the most brutal films released to date in this particular line of DVDs. 

The Video 
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is a strong effort. Much of the film takes place in areas with muted color palettes (inside the classroom, and houses) but the colors are represented nicely. The source material seems to have been kept in good and clean condition with no scratches or debris that I could notice.

The Audio
The typical Japanese 2.0 mono track is present once again here and it is just fine. The mix is good with the funky soundtrack that almost turns in to 80s teen comedy type music at times is never fighting for your attention with dialogue. Optional English subtitles are available and are newly translated and perfectly timed and placed. 

The Extras
The original theatrical trailer is available on the disc but the real treat, once again, are the liner notes from Jasper Sharp. 

The Bottom Line
It is almost hard to believe that this title makes a dozen releases from Impulse Pictures in the Nikkatsu line and FEMALE TEACHER: IN FRONT OF THE STUDENTS is among the better half of films


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