Hentai Kamen

HK: HENTAI KAMEN
HK 変態仮面
(Japan, 2012)
North American Premiere
Co-Presentation with JAPAN CUTS
105 minutes, Blu-Ray, in Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by: Yuichi Fukuda
Starring: Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Ken Yasuda

Based on a wildly popular Shonen Jump manga series and originally planned to be a direct-to-DVD release, HENTAI KAMEN was a massive surprise hit in Japan a few months ago. Though it’s no postmodern masterpiece or action grandstander, it certainly is the jaw-dropper of this year’s lineup, or at least the only one to feature such a generous amount of crotch action and all-around over-the-topness.

Good-natured, shy Kyosuke (Ryohei Suzuki, who plays one of the lead roles of the upcoming Gatchaman) is the rising star of his high-school martial arts club, but doesn’t have the spine to face the local bullies. Secretly in love with Aiko Himeno (Fumika Shimizu), a cute transfer student, he is also unable to confess his feelings to her. However, one day, Aiko is taken hostage in a bank robbery. This time, Kyosuke decides to take action and manages to sneak into the bank to rescue her. The boy grabs the first piece of clothing he can find to hide his face and infiltrate the group of masked criminals. Breathing in deep, he realizes with horror he has pulled a girl’s panties over his head! Too late… a supernatural transformation takes places and ta~da! he becomes the superpowered, super-pervy masked avenger: Hentai Kamen! (literally, “Perverted Masked Superhero”— or P.M.S for short?).

Kyosuke has inherited the incredible powers transmitted by the combined genetic legacy of his masochistic father, a detective who died in the line of duty, and the perverted streak from his mother, who is a deranged sadistic dominatrix. Armed and dressed with nothing but a pair of tights, a teeny skimpy mankini, and his panties mask, he proceeds to beat the bad guys with a mind-blowing variety of wild, deviant martial arts moves and his invincible crotch attack techniques: Aiko is saved, and a superhero is born! Before long, the pair starts dating, but a motley crew of pervy villains and superweirdoes appears, threatening their happiness and public decency as a whole. Fortunately, the depraved superhero is there to defeat them with his ever innovative, sublimely creative ways of shoving his love(ly) package into the face of his enemies to hector them into vile submission. Soon a new menace arises: could mildmannered Teacher Towatari be an even greater pervert than super pervy Hentai Kamen himself?

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