Murahashi meets Chieko (Kyoko Aizome) at the dentist, falls in love with her almost
immediately, but is too shy to approach her. While sitting in the
dentist's chair next to hers, anesthesia kicks in and he starts to fantasize
about Chieko, how she is undressed and groped by the dentist and his
But it doesn't stop here, in another daydream, the dentist
strips and mistreats Chieko on the dancefloor of a nightclub. Murahashi wants to persuade her to escape with him to wherever, but she only
answers she's much too amoral for him.
Yet another daydream shows
Murahashi on the balcony of her apartment, while the dentist tortures and
rapes Chieko. Despite his best efforts, Murahashi is unable to enter the
apartment, but when the dentist has gone to sleep, Chieko flees (in the
nude), but wherever she goes she seemingly can't escape the dentist, who
is now revealed to be a vampire. Finally Murahashi comes to her rescue and is ready to fight for her, but she instead returns to the
dentist via a carwash - and still in the nude.
In the next daydream, the
vampiric dentist chases tnude Chieko through a deserted department
store. She stabs a night watchman and can subsequently escape to the
streets of Tokyo, where she meets Murahashi - who stabs her to death, with
none of the passersby taking too much notice.
Murahashi wakes up from
anasthesia when Chieko just leaves. He catches up with her, invites her
to a boat trip, then abandons ship when it's at full speed - leaving her
to the dentist/vampire who has hidden below deck ... so was it all just a
daydream or something more?
An at times shot-for-shot remake of
director Tetsuji Takechi's own Daydream from 1964, which was among
the first pink movies produced by a big studio in Japan, and one of the most interesting
and stylish - and of course it was a big scandal. And while the new version
cannot compete with the original in terms of elegance, it tries to make up
for this with the inclusion of hardcore sex scenes - which even make sense
in the context of the movie, even if some could have done with a bit of
trimming to keep the action flowing more smoothly.
While the new Daydream
might be no competition to the original film (and of course also lacks its
originality), it holds its own quite well
on its own terms, a delirious journey into sex and violence, domination
and submission, featuring many an intersting, compelling and weirdly erotic
scene. No masterpiece perhaps, but definitely worth a look.