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The Weatherwoman Returns (Otenki-oneesan R) (1996)

  Directed by: Tomoaki Hosoyama
Starring: Misa Aika
Links: The Weatherwoman Returns on the IMDb, Japanese reference site, Buy on Video
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

The Weatherwoman Returns (Otenki-oneesan R) (1996) is also mentioned in mino's review of Erotic Ghost Story (1987) and em_fiction's review of Infernal Affairs (2002).

"Nice try, but not quite" - a review by mino

The Weatherwoman Returns, a staple of late-night Australian TV, is the sequel to A Weatherwoman (1995), itself an oft-repeated piece of… well, I'm loath to use the words 'soft porn', but that's what it is, so let's use those words, eh? Unfortunately, it tries way too hard to live up to the kitsch-humour-and-boobies factor of the original. On the kitsch humour front, it's not even close to the mark; it tries and tries, but just isn't as funny as the first film. As for the boobies (which, let's face it, explain why a lot of people are going to be watching SBS after midnight), it isn't nearly as outrageous as its predecessor either.

The 'plot' (ahem) is not dissimilar to that of A Weatherwoman: originality is not one of the strong points of The Weatherwoman Returns. Keiko (Misa Aika) inherits her father's TV station, and is determined to turn it into the biggest and best TV station going. But TV Trendy, a rival station run by the evil Megumi, sabotages all her plans, including the 'find a weatherwoman' contest Keiko runs to spice up the flagging local interest in her station. After the contest is ruined, Keiko has to do the weather herself; after an uneventful broadcast, she decides to pique the viewers' interest by flashing her undies at the camera as a sign-off. From then on, all bets are off, and the war between Keiko and Megumi is on for young and old. Eventually, a sort of on-air 'weatherwoman challenge' takes place to determine once and for all who is the ultimate weatherwoman.

The humour is a lot more scatological than the original movie; it really does try to hard to get in as many dumb masturbation jokes as it can, and frankly they fall flat (though I am willing to concede that some humour might be lost in the translation from the Japanese). While the sex quotient is reduced somewhat in this sequel, there are still some gratuitous bum-clad-in-tight-shorts shots and schoolgirl jokes that bring out the sort of puzzled bemusement in a Westerner that only Japanese schoolgirl-and-panties-jokes can evoke. The challenge rather inexplicably contains an arm-wrestling bout as one of the segments, and all opportunities are taken to show as much cleavage and bum as possible. While this is a noble attempt to liven up the movie, it just comes across as sad (and a little bit creepy).

It's hard to comment on how good the acting performances are, because frankly the acting's not the point. I mean, if you're awake at three in the morning, and the alternative is a religious program, by all means watch The Weatherwoman Returns; but you'd be much better off trying to catch the far-funnier original.

mino gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 8 Aug 2002

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  1. w00t

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from w00t3r (http://www.w00t.w00t) on Fri 15 Oct 2004 19:03 #

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