Directed by Koji Wakamatsu and released in its home country of Japan in 1969.
This review was originally written on January 10th 2013 and published on my Letterboxd profile.
Made during the latter years of pinku’s first decade, Go Go Second Time Virgin tells the story of a woman, twice raped, trying to find someone to kill her. She finds a killer, as equally sadistic as her but he can’t kill her nor can he have sex with her as he is impotent. The film opens with a rape and from the on we’re given gory, masochistic and unsettling imagery throughout. Late in the film, a murderous manga is intercut with images of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. Clearly a reference to the Manson murders, but there’s no real reason for it whatsoever. By the time the film has finished, it does resolve the problems it presents to the viewer but to be quite honest it’s never quite satisfying on a whole.
For it’s time, it was a very very brave film but the film itself has no real moral compass despite how well made it is and how elegantly moving the score is. The direction by Koji Wakamatsu, who recently passed late last year after being hit by a taxi cab in Tokyo, is quite extraordinary.
I eagerly anticipate delving into some of his more gorier works.