Fantastic Fest Review: HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO Has A Lot Of Balls

At least the third best gay stripper superhero film ever made.

Superhero films are a dime a dozen, but I think Hentai Kamen might be worth a dime all by itself. There's something to be said for originality, and a film about a panty-masked crime fighter who vanquishes foes by shoving their faces into his ball sack certainly qualifies as original, so long as we don't count the Fast and Furious films as superhero movies.

The film opens with a perverted parody of the Marvel movie logo, followed by an opening credits sequence which is basically the one used for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, but with lace instead of webbing. This is somewhat appropriate as Hentai Kamen's three acts all bear similarities to Raimi's trilogy. We first get the origin, then a bit of drama over whether or not Hentai Kamen should continue crime fighting, followed by an extended battle with a dark mirror version of himself (if only Venom amped up his superpowers by furiously rubbing his nipples).

The parodic elements don't go much deeper than that, though. Based on a '90s manga, Hentai Kamen already largely goes its own direction. The premise finds an innocent young man, conceived by a sexual union between a dominatrix and a hotshot police detective. A new girl arrives at his high school, and he falls in love almost instantly. Unfortunately, he's a shy mess and can't make a connection.

But then! She finds herself in a hostage situation, and the guy decides to take action. Looking for a mask to hide his identity, he accidentally puts on a pair of used (they must be used) panties. This awakens unknown pervert powers within him, inherited from his mother. This goes well with the sense of justice inherited from his father. Put them both together, and you have Japan's newest superhero.

Hentai Kamen is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to shoving balls into people's faces. People kiss his balls, caress his balls, smell his balls, and try as hard as they can to kick his balls. Even with all this, Hentai Kamen is never but anything than tame, innocent, and even adorable, almost like a kids film. I guess this shouldn't be a surprise since it was directed by Yuichi Fukado, who also made this year's other super adorable Japanese Fantastic Fest entry, Kid's Police.

And like Kid's Police, Hentai Kamen displays lots of inventive variations on its premise, but never delves into it with any real depth. What you see is what you get. I'm not sure people are looking for any explorations of the human male nut sack, anyway. That's what Antichrist is for.

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