Yui Hatano - Yobai Mura
with English Subtitles
A violent storm sends Yui Hatano seeking shelter in a quaint village. Soon enough, she discovers its denizens maintain a custom only the oldest could even remember being a natural occurrence. Can Yui Hatano survive these occult nightly rituals? Can she survive in Yobai Mura?
JAV has many themes it can fall back upon. We've touched upon a few before (think schoolgirls, cheating wives, etc.), but it takes real guts for a maker to reach back into actual Japanese history and craft a title based on that. Folklore and Japanese AV have been attempted before, but most have fallen flat until now.
ORGA is not the first production company to film a title about yobai. This 'night crawling' theme has been done before many a time and possibly before in drama format taking place in days long past. However, ORGA's YOBAI MURA ('YOBAI VILLAGE') series takes the trend and essentially perfects it. Today's update--the third iteration from this series stars YUI HATANO and depending on how popular it is, we may go back and show the other two. However, there's two big reasons why we opted do show this one first: YUI HATANO's fame and a wee little event called the AV OPEN.
The AV OPEN--something this author has nicknamed The ORGY OPEN due to most makers just re-hashing a tried-and-true concept and adding more women to it, has been a yearly event where JAV studios both big and small can submit their titles to be voted on. And of course 'vote' means 'buy' so really, it's a more of a popularity contest hence most studios just casting as many big name stars as they can in one title and calling it a day.
While this may lead to a higher chance of breaking even and then some, I'd prefer contests like AV OPEN to focus more on technicial achievements than how many pairs of tits there are in a scene. Fortunately, ORGA took the technicial method for YOBAI MURA. While YUI HATANO is the sole female of this release, it's immense. The cast is huge, the production staff even bigger (24 according to the credits!), the set is everyone's favorite big outdoor one in Chiba, the music is all original, and even some special effects were used. THIS is the kind of title I'd love to see more studios submit to these events. Let's have less group sex (not that that's a bad thing...) and more breakthroughs.
YOBAI MURA is a dramatic Japanese AV title that is big on visuals and low on talking. I'll admit thanks to having the script and the very low amount of dialog, this was an easy title for us to work on. It's fantastic though and is a solid example of how a competant director like ORGA's TEI JAGA can simply show rather than tell.
Believe it or not, yobai is a real concept. Is it still done today in Japan? Doubtful. However, at one time it was accepted by some that a young man would sneak into the home of a girl he fancied. He'd crawl into her bed and if their feelings were mutual, they'd have sex. What's more, her parents usually were aware of what's going on (how do you think mom and dad met?!) and would pretend everything is right in the world. They'd bury their heads in the pillows to muffle out their cries of pleasure. Morning would see their daughter bashfully enter the kitchen with red cheeks and hunched shoulders.
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