pparently if you want a high school girl to be your love
slave, all you have to do is kidnap her at the point of a knife, tie her up in
your apartment for a couple of days, make her give you a hand job, and then
presto! She's suddenly so in love with you that she won't stab you in the back
with the scissor you gave her. Why? Well, because deep down inside, all women
want to be dominated and treated as love toys. Or so says "The Perfect
Education 2", a movie written and directed by men and starring a young
woman who despite being quite lovely has the charm of a pet rock.
But I digress. I don't mean to be so hard on "Perfect
Education", although considering how seriously the whole thing is taken, I
do find it somewhat offensive that someone thought this was a good idea for a
movie. Now consider this: Abducted and tied up on a bed for 8 hours a day while
her kidnapper is at work, our heroine Haruka (Rie Fukami) discovers that there
are people living next door. At this point the smart thing for any person with a
modicum of intelligence to do would be to bang on the wall endlessly until
someone comes over to query. Instead, our heroine kicks at the wall for, oh,
about 20 seconds before giving up.
And that, I'm afraid, sums up "Perfect Education
2". As you can guess, "Education" is actually the second
installment in what appears to be a series of movies set around the same
premise: grown men, unhappy with their lot in life, decides to kidnap a young
girl in order to "train" her to be his perfect love slave. In America,
this would be, at best, a B-Movie starring one of those Scream Queens who don't
mind taking off their clothes in the name of "acting". In Japan, you
get a series.
Exploitative in nature, "Education" reeks of male
fantasy run amok. Actress Rie Fukami is the perfect choice as the center of
attention. She's obviously not a teen (I would guess mid-20s), but she's
young-looking enough to please all the perverted old men out there who cries out
for this type of film. Director Yoichi Nishiyama must really know his audience
because he gives us long loving looks at the naked body of his nubile young
star. Thankfully we are spared seeing Yasuto Hida, as the male '40s-something
pervert Sumikawa, shed his clothes. There's nothing worst than seeing a wrinkled
butt simulating sex on a pretty young girl.
As far as sex goes, there are a number of sexual encounters
between Haruka and Sumikawa. Having trained the young girl well enough that she
is now infatuated with him, Sumikawa introduces Haruka to the joys of having
dull missionary sex with a '40-something pervert. But perhaps director Nishiyama
was seeking some sort of credibility with his work, because there are no real
gratuitous sex scenes. Compared to the South Korean movie "Summertime",
the sex in "Education" is incredibly tame.
The screenplay makes some attempts to justify Sumikawa's
desperation, as well as Haruka's ready-to-be-trained personality. But if you buy
that a young high school girl, no matter how lonely, would willingly submit
herself to her abductor after a week of being hog-tied, made to call him
"papa", and then forced to pleasure him with her hand, then you're
living in Fantasy Island. Or should I say, Old Men's Fantasy Island.
On the plus side, "Perfect Education 2" is a
relatively good looking picture, and lead Yasuto Hida, although oozing with
perversion and slime, still manages quite a good performance. It's too bad Rie
Fukami, while being very pretty, has no discernible thespian ability that I
could detect. Although in a movie where she's required to look dole-eyed and
helpless, and her character is supposed to have less intelligence than your
average snail, does the quality of the acting really matter?
Interestingly, Naoto Takenaka ("Ping
Pong"), who plays a shrink in the movie, was the Perverted Old Man in
the original "Perfect Education". Why he returned to the series is a