Weather Woman [Import]
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The synopsis for ''Weather Woman'' sounds promising enough: A one-time stand-in for the weather report segment of the news on the worst rated television network in the country causes a national by deliberately, but cleverly, lifting up her skirt and exposing her panties right in front of the on-air cameras, causing an equally uplifting surge in the network's viewership ratings and resulting in the exhibitionist's being hired on as the permanent replacement for the regular weather report girl who now has to plot and scheme in order to get her old job back. The devastated and humiliated regular weather reporter is not the only one at the network plotting for the removal of the shameless panty flasher who openly announces that she masturbates every morning as part of her ''daily ritual'' -- the ''Old School'' purists and traditionalists at the network also want to distance themselves from all of the dubious attention and mega-media blitz ''Nakadai Keiko'' has caused throughout the nation and likewise want to effect her removal from the air despite the spike upward in the network's ratings. Included in this ''pursuit of [a return to] excellence'' is the adult daughter of the network's Chairman, who has just returned from her stay in Paris as a result of the developing in the controversy and confronts her father on his questionable judgement for allowing an ''exhibitionist nymphomaniac'' to soil the reputation of the network.
Such a scenario, one would think, would have endless possibilities and potential. Unfortunately, this ''zero stars'' embarrassment was a waste of good celluloid and equally a waste of the good DVD disks this pile of garbage was burned onto.Read more ›
In order to enjoy the film, you have to accept and appreciate the Japanese sense of humour. I do, though I do not like the part on the interview of the pervert for the Hello Pervert TV Show hosted by the ex-weather girl kicked out by Mizutani.
It is a film that shows we could still hold ourselves innocent and survive in a world full of perversion, disguise, hyprocrisy and treachery. As long as we could produce films like the Weather Woman, we could be safe from doomsday.
Hilarious, loud, innocent and sexy. A special mix and a film genre classic. The low budget shows, though.
Nevertheless, one must applaud Hosoyama's intentions - he far outstrips the similarly themed and styled 'To Die For' in terms of both visual imagination and ideological sympathy. What begins as a media satire turns into a gleefully bizarre S&M martial arts fantasy. The terms of the conflict are gendered - the sterile post-modern male world of the media and virtual reality; and the older female world of magic and nature. This tends to reinforce stereotypes, especially when the villainess is villified for wanting to be a man, but who cares when you're having this much fun.
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Other reviews did not quite prepare us for the content. We are
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Weatherwoman Returns is not as surreal and folklorish as the original, adopting a more conventional narrative with merely unconventianal story elements. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2000 by Kade Hansson
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