Kandagawa Wars

Kandagawa Wars ★★★★

“The body of my child won’t accept any other woman than me”. This pinku about a couple of roommates trying to free a young man from being his mom’s sex slave was Kiyoshi Kurosawa first film. It is rather more playful than the genre usual rawness. Full of strong-willed women and moronic men. His formal control is in full evidence already. It exists in an unusual position between a genre cheapie and a school assignment (Kurosawa’s college actually gets mentioned in the end credits). Kandagawa Wars has a lot of New Wave-like affections, but it is never quite a genre deconstruction because Kurosawa would never treat an assignment as beneath him.