Stop the Bitch Review
Adapted, like Ichi The Killer, from a Hideo Yamamoto comic, Stop the Bitch Campaign is an acquired taste that is as ramshackle as it is barmy. Eccentricity, in my view, is something the Japanese lead the world in and this exploitation piece has that quality in spades. In fact if there is ever a world shortage of doolalliness, I would suggest that this movie has a lot to answer for. It stars V-cinema faces like Kenichi Endo, a veteran of many of the more perverse of Miike's throwaway straight to video films, and the pornstar Sora Aoi in a role which leaves her surprisingly clothed bar the finale where she is assaulted by root vegetables attached to a kitchen mixer. The serene madness of this relatively brief project is to some degree an effort to make up for the low budget and lack of production values forced on the cast and crew, and if the effect is irredeemably amateurish at times it is still a lot more fun than any other arty low budget affairs. Stop The Bitch Campaign may be a film which will offend a lot of its audience but it is at least splendidly baroque and insistently barmy. It may concentrate on the juvenilia of male obsessions with fetish and orifices, but it is a sublimely unpredictable entertainment.
The DVD comes encased in a slip-sleeve which repeats the cover art and information of the DVD inlay. The single layer disc itself is barely used given the short length of the film and the lack of extras. The original filming clearly took place on rather unsophisticated video equipment with occasionally excessive lighting, or the lack of, so this was never going to look pristine and exceptional. The film is give a sharp non-anamorphic transfer at around 1.78:1 and for such a relatively home-made product the transfer does not let the raw materials down. I couldn't describe the colours as well balanced or the contrast as well calibrated but I am pretty sure this is because of the cheapness of the production rather than any tinkering in the transfer, there does seem to be some excessive edge enhancement though. There are mild moments of artefacting but nothing too distracting as the weaknesses in the image are largely from the analogue original.
A still of poster art is the basis for the menu which offers language options and scene select but there isn't even a trailer to speak of as an extra.
A very minor, throwaway film that is kinda life affirming in its tackiness. There is a presumably superior Japanese disc but the availability of some English subs here might convince V-cinema or Manga fans to take a dip here.
Last updated: 06/03/2018 10:16:41