Weather Woman (1993)
(AKA Otenki Onesan)

Director Tomoaki Hosoyama
Cast Kei Mizutani, Takashi Sumida,
Yasuyo Shirashima

Based on an adult manga, this tells the story of Kieko Nakadai who, while giving a weather report on television, flashes her knickers. Needless to say, ratings rise (amongst other things) and she becomes the TV studios darling. Inevitably she makes enemies, including the studio owners daughter, Shimamori who has been educated in France and has her own ideas for the weather report. She humiliates Kieko on TV, who then goes into hiding and Shimamori takes over the weather report.

Meanwhile Kieko enlists the help of Yamagushi. a studio employee who has been besotted with her for a long time. Why?  So that he can use the Heavenly Whip on her that will grant her powers to control the weather and subsequently destroy Shimamori. Thus we get the sight of her getting tied up and whipped. When she has been transformed into the weather witch she heads off to the studio to battle Shimamori for the accolade of Weather Woman.

Whoa! Any film that starts with an attractive woman, standing at the top of a building and masturbating furiously has to be a winner. And this little gem is; though obviously not a film for the whole family. Hell, a short while later we see her at it again in a toilet cubicle. In between this, she has flashed off her panties so many times it has become surreal (but always pleasurable).

This is truly a bizarre film, due mainly to the cultural differences between our two countries. Also the Japanese sense of humour is radically different from ours, so what they find funny makes us go huh!  But the film has sex and fetishism running through it and that is universal.  There are also some satirical stabs at the easily swayed television viewers as they jump from supporting one cult of personality to another.  As it is based on a comic book, it has retained that vibrant anything goes attitude.  So there you have it a satirical, fetishistic, sexy, sometimes funny, always-watchable witch movie.  This may put some people off, but if you view it with an open mind, you will experience something quite unique.  A sequel followed (Weather Girl R) that played down the comedy aspects and instead focused more on the sex. Strangely enough this was less successful.

Review By Martainn Russell.
© Owned Martainn Russell 19/04/02  18:40:06




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