Anyone not familiar with Hisayasu Sato's work should be advised that his films are not for the timid or faint of heart. Wife Collector is no different as it explores the sexual perversions and taboos which many people are too frightened or timid to explore. The narrative follows a voyeuristic taxi driver who takes advantage of un-expecting woman who enter his cab. He films his victims, adding to his massive video cassette collection of his forced upon sexual conquests. The other half of the narrative follows a young woman, who after getting raped, finds that her normal sex life lacks excitement. Of course, these two character's lives intersect, as their sexual perversions match-up. The film is shot on a grainy stock and to be honest, I am not entirely sure if this is a bi-product of budget constraints or Sato's desire to match the aesthetic of this grimy, dirty world. My money would be on the later, considering Sato's other films are much more colorful and vibrant. As ridiculous as this may sound, 'Wife Collector' may actually be Hisayasu's most straight-forward, easy to comprehend film, in that it truly wears it's theme on it's sleeve. Sato makes no bones about showing the corruption and degeneration which these sexual perversions can have on one's life, and ultimately the end hammers this point home. Once again, if you are easily offended or uneasy around sexual themes, DO NOT WATCH THIS, but if off-beat thematic films about risque topics is interesting to you, definitely watch.
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