Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers (1985)
by Troy Howarth
Directed by Yoshihiro Kawasaki
Main Players: Jun Izumi, Chiaki Kitahara, Yukari Takeshita, Shu Minagawa
The nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital are more concerned with sex than medicine and with the aid of their new co-worker Yuki, they begin to explore their sexual fantasies…
Compared to the stylish and disturbing Sex Hunter: 1980, Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers (the original onscreen title translates as Assy Fingers, but we can’t very well have that on display, no can we?) is much more apiece with the usual offering from Nikkatsu. The tone is light and airy and indeed it is so innocuous that it doesn’t even get into some of the more “transgressive” areas which are so commonly fetishized in these films. The end product may be mild in some respects, but don’t let that fool you: there’s still plenty of sex on display.
On the plus side, the actresses assembled are definitely up to the usual Nikkatsu standard. They approach the material with the right air of tongue in cheek detachment but enter into the sex scenes with appreciable relish. The film’s main reason or being is simply to allow the viewer to sit back and appreciate their obvious photogenic qualities and on that level, the film is an unqualified success. There is also an absence of the usual erotic presentation of rape and sexual humiliation which can be so off-putting for some viewers and it could be that the film will appeal on a wider level because of it.
On the downside, the film is burdened with far too much unfunny comedy relief. The contrast between the sexually liberated nurses and their anal retentive supervisor is (over) emphasized throughout and the “cute” business with the latter’s bull dog companion being used to keep her horny charges in line isn’t exactly sophisticated comedy. Director Yoshihiro Kawasaki handles the material competently but unremarkably and while the film clocks in at a mere 62 minutes, it does feel a bit like some of the sex scenes could have been trimmed down somewhat. Even so, the end result is an innocuous time killer which offers up some beautiful actresses in the altogether; on that level, it’s certainly worth a look for fans of the genre.
Impulse Pictures continues their Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection with this region 1 release of Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers. The 1.85/16×9 transfer is very handsome. Colors are vivid, detail is very sharp and the source materials are in terrific shape. Apart from the inevitable digital fogging, the film is presented fully uncut.
The mono Japanese soundtrack is very good. The memorable synth soundtrack is particularly well served here and the removable English subtitles are easy to read throughout.
Extras are limited to a trailer and informative liner notes by Jasper Sharp.
Film: **1/2 out of *****
Video: ***1/2 out of *****
Audio: ***1/2 out of *****
Extras: ** out of *****