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A Weather Woman
Director: Tomoaki Hosoyama
90 minutes 1995
review by Mike Philbin
By showing her white cotton panties at the end of her first report, stand-in weathergirl
Keiko Nakadai becomes a national celebrity. Ratings for JTV soar. She is sponsored in
her salacious rendition of the weather by the pervy old Chairman of the TV network
whose daughter Shimamori-san is being preened in the best Paris college to take over
after he steps down. He sets Keiko-san up in the executive suite and gives her free
reign to run the weather report how she sees fit.
Based on the Manga 'Tetsu Adachi' this plays like a Woody Allen film
seen through Eurotrash goggles that beats the work of weirdmeister Pedro
Almodovar into a cocked hat. This parody of Japanese office life is chock-a-block with
all manner of S&M weirdness and Chinese Kung Fu wire-work. One of the opening
scenes where Keiko-san confronts the network board members head on is a superb example
of Japanese women's lib and a saucier power scene you will not see this decade.
This corporate nonsense is best lampooned by Mister Ii-tenki-desu-ne
the fawning doorman and his failed attempts to attract the attention of the perfectly
manicured and constantly preening glamour-girl receptionist. Scenes of Keiko-san
cavorting around the streets of Tokyo and the high camp knicker-flashing dance routine
that spatter round the office like so much horny musk are a delight to behold. A
red-carpet-lined aisle full of men in swimming trunks greets the end of every weather
report down which the flighty young thing back-somersaults.
It is a tale of childhood sweethearts that never were - in a sad and
lonely bar down-trodden burger chef Yamagishi-san sees Keiko-san (the object of his
childhood desire)'s panty-showing weather report and the old flame is rekindled.
Hearing of the travesty taking place in her homeland, the Chairman's
daughter Shimamori-san is on the next plane home to adopt her rightful place as the
true weathergirl of JTV. Her idea of Paris chic is to carry a baguette around with her
wherever she goes. A revenge plot is orchestrated, Keiko-san is publicly humiliated and
a battle royale ensues between the Two Weather Girls from Hell.
Score 8.5 out of 10 for unashamed, crass, adolescent naughtiness.
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