My Wife's Shell (2004)
AVi | 702 MB | info
Also Known As: Dappi waifu - peau de mon épouse
Directed by: Ryuichi Honda
Duration: 1h 19mn
Subtitles: English (Custom by lordretsudo at ADC)
Cast: Tomoyuki Mashiko, Miko, Nao Muranaga, Kazuyoshi Ozawa, Aya Shiraishi, Ayumu Tokitô, Takeshi Yamamoto
The music business is a tough nut to crack. Just ask Hajime, a raspy voiced singer/songwriter not short of talent but somewhat anachronistic in his choice of dress. Sporting a shiny bob wig, velvet blazer and heavily ruffled shirt, he's every bit the picture of a GS (group sounds) frontman but several decades too late for that brief trend. His busking draws curious stares and his attempts to get signed to a label are met with indifference. His semi-retreat into a career as a radio DJ seems like a good fit, especially when Miki stops by for an autograph. She's young, cute, and clearly in awe of his musical persona. That night they have sex, and she shocks him into speechlessness by climbing on top and climaxing during the act. Within the minute he's writing a new song, smitten, and by the next scene they're shacking up. Things are ideal until they wake up after a night of passion and Hajime discovers Miki's secret: After sex, she sheds a layer of skin like a snake in one large piece. Like a tissue-thin Miki suit. It's an eye-opener.
Like many a male protagonist in this sort of enterprise, Hajime has a sex compulsion: Under stress or after humiliation, he likes to have sex with whatever comely female happens to be nearby. Sometimes this attention is welcome, sometimes not, and Honda doesn't shy away from either extreme in "Dappi Waifu". It's a manifestation of rock star hubris, but coming as it does from someone who is not a bona-fide rock star, it's part admirable but mostly pathetic. For her part, Miki seems aware of Hajime's predilections and feeds into them, enraging him by ignoring him then coquettishly undressing in front of him, resulting in a steamy session on the livingroom floor. Will the love of a good (if shedding) woman lead him to a life of monogamy? Will he ever get used to Miki fighting to be on top?