A dash of pretension with your skin? Or just gritty B-movie machismo?
The softcore Pink Movies of Japanese are known by connoisseurs of the Japanese movie industry as the playground for up and coming directors who want a lesson in how to put together a film on the cheap and the freedom to try out whatever art-house inclinations they have ... while, of course, getting girls to take their tops off.
Oscar-winner Yojiro Takita started in the genre, which at the height of its popularity in the 1980s boasted output of upwards to 500 movies a year.
Film scholar Roland Domenig recently organized a festival to celebrate the best of Pink movies in, off all places, Udine, Italy. Imagine getting out of your Alfa Romero at the piazza, stepping in to movie theater to cool down, and finding Japanese softcore showing -- it's like something out a 1970s assassin-on-the-run flick.
The industry has been hurt by the ascent of online porn, but nostalgic veterans hope that events like that in Udine will help to preserve some of the demand for titles that allow for cinemagraphic experimentation and create a training ground for young talent.