Exploitation Retrospect | The Journal of Junk Culture and Fringe Media
Nympho Diver: G-String Festival (1981)
Impulse Pictures | Available at Amazon | Review by Crites

Now there's a title for a skin flick, one that conjures up Sapphic ménages, perhaps some bush league money shots... which, given that this is an early '80s Japanese skin flick probably won't materialize (despite the noble membership in the Nikkatsu Roman Porno Collection). It's still a pretty little ditty however, one that Japanese Film Scholar Jasper Sharp informs us in the liner notes belongs to that "most curious" of genres, "the ama or 'girl diver' film." And it's about...

A small Japanese fishing community – struggling with the fact that there's only one female shellfish diver left in the village – decides to recruit new talent in the shape of young ladies from the big city. To accomplish this the Mayor sends the cunning Nobuo to Tokyo to fetch some girls and their "nice, giggly asses" back lakeside, pronto, telling him to "lure them with your seductive tricks" if he has to.

Fetch and lure Nobuo does, scoring a handful of dames that includes college student Masayo, Ground Self-Defense Force member Tomoko, "cameraman" Miki, "massage parlor worker" (read: prostitute) Akemi, and lovely centerpiece Midori (Anazi Eri), a former stewardess. The girls are largely unimpressed by the local population of "country bumpkins," with the exception of Midori who is pleased at the prospect of returning to her hometown so that she can regularly visit the graves of her parents. And get banged in the car from behind by her new fiancé, Nobuo.

Abalone diving, beer drinking and bawdy jollies follow, the film quickly establishing itself as a comedic sex romp with goofy characters such as the randy head monk with an over-appreciation for "great ass" and sexual intrigue in the form of Nobuo's promptly-demonstrated proclivities used to flesh out a plot cobbled together around excuses for numerous softcore sex scenes. But that's all right.

The titular G-String Festival itself takes a bit of a backseat, being a brief rejuvenation of an ancient fertility ritual that has a giant phallus and vagina paraded into each other in the smallest of street settings (but with much raucous joy). Elsewhere there is loads of T&A, soapy sex, sunburn lotion sex, camera lens penetration, the diver girls' dorm oozing with the unbridled sexuality of single young women, a g-string catfight on the beach complete with titty-twisting, a hapless delivery boy being sucked (off) into giving up precious information, and fetishistic activity that manages to offend almost the entire cast. There's even an inside dig at industry standards ("Stop, they haven't lifted the pubic hair ban yet!") and a pseudo-yen shot.

It's difficult to determine whom all of this childish sexplay is targeting; is this intended to arouse fun-loving young lovers? Work the kinks out of some fraternity brothers? Do they even have frat houses in Japan? Despite the essential pointlessness of the affair however, it's good-natured, actually funny in places, and does seem to be intended all in good (nasty) fun. And when it comes right down to it, you just can't have too much of that. So get out your "octopus tentacles" (you'll understand when you see the film) and get ready for some Nympho Diving.

Also starring Ezaki Kazuyo, Aono Rima, Maria Mari, Sawaki Miiko and Rando Seru.


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