Koji Wakamatsu / JP / 1970 / 70'
35mm / VOST ENG OND
Like many other films of the period, "Sex Jack" opens with images of anti-Anpo protests. Filmed in black and white by Wakamatsu, the film follows a defeated militant group whose hideout has been discovered by the police, resulting in the arrest of their leader. A mysterious young thief helps them escape, and despite their initial distrust towards him, they manage to regroup around this marginal figure whose working background greatly differs from their own. Wakamatsu’s focus is, as usual, more on the human dynamics within the revolutionary group than on the revolution itself, highlighting failure, stupidity, rivalry, domination and sexual violence. Wakamatsu and his screenwriter Izuru Deguchi (Adachi’s pseudonym for the more subversive films) are a severe duo, pointing their criticism at the world and at those whose political sympathies they share.