Osou!! 襲う!! (1978)

Title: Osou!
Also Known As: Attack!!
Directed: Yasuharu Hasebe
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 72 min
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Yoko Azusa
Asami Ogawa …  Kumiko
Aoi Nakajima

Osou! Is one of Yasuharu Hasebe is one of his more unusual Pinku Eiga films. The plot is very simple Komiko a policewoman is raped over and over again by the person whose identity is never fully revealed. In between these attacks she encounters other sexual deviants who also want a piece of her. The amount of attacks on Komiko makes one wonder why she didn’t travel more often in pairs then by herself. Most of the films subject matter is rather bleak. There are a few moments that offer some humor like the scenes where Komiko is trying to track down her attacker via old cases involving sex offenders. In virtually all of these men she encounters are having sex when she walks in including a scene where she talks to one them in a car while he is in the next set screwing some woman.

Komiko’s tormentor wears all dark clothing including black leather gloves. His attire and the way he restrains her by masking her eyes and mouth with tape is reminiscent of how Betty is treated by the killer in Dario Argento’s Opera. One thing about this film that most will find disturbing is how Komiko who starts out sexual repressed starts to enjoy being assaulted. These assaults also lead to her becoming more sexually promiscuous to the point where she is involved in a threesome. There is a shift in her personality that really shows after assaulted with a switchblade knife in her private parts. After this scene she takes on a more aggressive attitude. Visually Yasuharu Hasebe perfectly juxtapositions’ images with the films predominately classical score which features many famous cues from Ludwig van Beethoven like Moonlight Sonata and selections from his Ninth Symphony.