“Big Tits Soldier” from Zen Pictures (Guest Review by MAV)

Guest Review by @mav:

I’m one of the heroine movie fans who think Zen/Giga’s quality has gone down a lot over the years. So when they buck the trend and release a good heroine peril movie like “Big Tits Soldier”, I think heroine peril fans should know.

The star of this movie is Ririsa Meguro, a buxom Gravure Idol well suited for the “titular” role. I don’t understand Japanese so here is how the story unfolds, a little bit out of order in my opinion [Spoiler Alert]:

The movie starts off with the costumed heroine taking care of a couple of monsters interspersed with a brief origin story and chats with her helper. We also see her enemies plotting to take her down. 21 minutes in, the takedown fight begins as several villains gang up on her as her powers aren’t working. She fights back but struggles against the thugs who attack her with magic plungers that drain her powers more as she’s restrained against the wall. After several minutes of plunger draining, her costume is now only a vinyl bra and shorts as she passes out.

Now 29.5 minutes in, we begin the 30 minutes (!) of AOH torture for the heroine as we see her chained up in a dungeon. She’s initially bellypunched several times and groped by the villainess and also tit-punched. Her reactions are great here IMO. After 8 minutes of this, the villainess gets the whip and starts lashing the heroine. Although this scene is an additional 8 minutes and the heroine’s reactions are fairly good, Zen definitely doesn’t do whipping scenes as well as they used to (or as well as HM does them now), particularly on realistic angles but I’m glad they did it. Now to wake the passed out heroine, the villainess starts electro-torturing Neguro by sticking a prod/blade right on her tits, usually inside her bikini top. This is my favorite part as it looks evil and Neguro sells the torture well. This, along with some fondling, goes on for 7.5 minutes. I liked that towards the end of this part, in the angry villainess gets another prod/blade from the evil doctor to ratchet up the torture. As the heroine passes out again, the AOH torture scene ends with a 6 minute scene that has the villainess donning some metallic robot gloves to abuse the tit soldier’s tits with heavy groping and great reactions.

The movie’s last 20 minutes involve the villains freeing a weakened, but unbound, heroine to fight the plunger goons and villainess that took her down. She takes a good amount of abuse from plunger blows, bellypunches, and abusive tit groping, but she eventually regains her powers and ultimately defeats the villains.

Neguro puts in a great performance with a pained but defiant look throughout her torture and beatdown ordeals, and great reactions to all the violence she endures. While not better than my favorite zen movie Masked Seductive Heroine, I think this is a great Zen vid and hope they put out more like this.

Purchase this video at Zen Pictures

27 Responses

  1. Absstar says:

    Great review Mav! But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ( well, at least I’ve mentioned this to you in private messages Mav )it’s really too bad that Zen/Giga DO NOT make custom videos! And that’s totally sucks!!

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  2. heroineburgh says:

    Darkwrath makes salient points. I’ve only been watching Zen/Giga for maybe five years, but their quality has indeed stayed about the same whereas various Western producers’ qualities have gone up and also proliferated. My favorite series from the Japanese producers have been Leona and Spandexer. I really like the Spandexer theme song! And yes, it’s a mystery to me why there aren’t more producers like them in Japan, at least that we know of?

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    • Darkwrath016 says:

      That’s crazy heroineburgh as those are two are my favorite series from them as well. Really like the Spandexer costume and I especially love the Leona costume. It’s quite honestly the hottest costume in the entire genre for me. And the current actress playing Leona on Zen, Narumi Ookawa, is a real treat to watch on screen. So beautiful and gorgeous.

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      • zilch says:

        Narumi Ookawa is the hottest girl in the superheroine business. As long as she’s making videos for Zen, I refuse to say they are in decline.

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    • Slater74 says:

      There were actually a lot of producers like Zen/Giga in the early 2000’s but most of them are now defuncts. The only two that remains active are Big Peach Entertainment which produces the kyodai heroine Mighty Lady and Center Island which is now mostly active through its Youtube channel. A strange coincidence: actress, stuntwoman and director Nami Hanada has worked for the three producers.

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  3. Hagarb says:

    I watched that latest release from Zen and I liked too. In fact I’m really a fan of zen pictures. Love all Leona and Burning action series. Too bad it seems they don’t like to do otk backbreakers on their videos.
    Giga is too extreme to my taste.

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    • MAV says:

      I agree I don’t like most of Giga’s releases. That label focuses on sexual torture, usually of the vibrator variety, which doesn’t really do it for me. Every couple of years they do put something out with a good heroine torture scene. I think the last one that did it for me was Miki Sunohara in “Dark Wizard Guiltickers” which had a real good AOH whipping scene of the heroine.

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  4. tony says:

    I’m firmly of the opinion that their quality has gone down alot over the last few years.

    The fight quality in particular is largely non-existent now. I remember moves from about 5-8 years ago having some really strong fight scenes where the heroine would eventually lose after a long drawn out battle.

    You used to be able to bank on about 30-45 minutes of solid action followed by 45 mins of sex.

    These days its straight to the heroine losing after a feeble punch/potion/kryptonite etc. in about 10 minutes, then the rest of the move is just pure sexual content.

    I read on a reddit forum that a Giga director apparently posted to who blamed it on the current generation of JAV actresses being a lot less up for “acting” in an action role and instead wanting to just do the sex scenes.

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    • MAV says:

      Giga and Zen in the past did have some models who could stunt fight well, like Sara Azakawa in Space Special Agent Ami and, IMO, Yui Aikawa in Masked Seductive Heroine. But you may be right that in the last few years they’ve focused more on those who just need to be able to do sex scenes instead of the action scenes also.

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  5. Imagineer says:

    Does Giga have competition in their home market? Do they own their market, or are they just the only part of the market us gaijin can see?

    I think in both the Japanese and Western productions, technical quality has improved and producers have learned what their markets overall consider valuable (i.e. what’s profitable).

    I don’t think it’s fair to call Giga’s DRM “extremely restrictive,” unless what you’re comparing it to is no DRM at all. It doesn’t have the breadth of device support that Netflix / Amazon / Hulu have, but if you stream Giga from your broadband-connected PC, DRM is a non-issue.

    I wonder if the lack of DRM streaming is holding the SHIP business back.

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    • Darkwrath016 says:

      So that part about producers and learning what their markets want is a very good point and something that I should have mentioned but failed to. It could very well be the case that Western productions have just become very good at catering to their western audiences while the Japanese have become very good at catering to their Japanese audiences and the venn diagram where these two intersect has diverged so far that it’s largely non existent or really really small.

      And yes I was comparing Giga extremely restrictive DRM to no DRM at all. For me, I download all of my SHIP films to an external hard drive, hook that hard drive up to my PS4 and then watch everything on my TV through PS4 media player. The whole DRM thing Giga (and R18 incidentally) has going for it completely restricts that which honestly has prevented me from purchasing many of their products. Why watch a film on a semi decent small computer screen when I can get the full glory of it on a large screen at 1080p?

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      • Imagineer says:

        It’s a trivial matter to connect a laptop to an HDTV, if you want to watch it on a large screen. Five year old modestly-priced laptops can do it.

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        • Darkwrath016 says:

          True. What I was kinda getting at was that I’m lazy and don’t want to go through that hassle. It’s already kind of out of the way disconnecting my external drive from my main computer to connect it to my PS4. Asking me to plug a VGA connector from my TV to my computer, choose the right output setting and all that is a bridge too far……………

          I’m really lazy at times. I’m not proud.

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    • Django says:

      How do you think the lack of DRM is holding ship back? If you mean because of piracy, I can promise you that Zen and Giga are as much, if not more so, victims of piracy, compared to any other producer. I stopped buying Giga and Zen videos all together, because of the drm. I’d rather buy a file that I own and can put on other drives and back up, than buy a movie from a company that could go out of business tomorrow and leave me with a bunch of wasted money.

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      • Imagineer says:

        You can promise me? BS. Giga sells a lot more, and produces a lot more. Even if they represented 50% of the titles downloaded by pirates (not just 50% of the titles posted) it wouldn’t be as significant a problem for them as it is for US SHIP producers.

        I’d rather download and own unencumbered HD files of Marvel films, but that’s not a legal option. Mainstream media and even mainstream porn is shifting to the DRM-streaming model.

        Obviously an individual studio with a typical customer base of 200-300 people can’t make the DRM leap on their own. But would you trust clips4sale? Perhaps a better question: would the top 100 regular buyers of SHG-Media studios’ products trust SHG-Media? The shift in the business model toward a small number of patrons funding custom videos is a warning sign that the future of the fetish may not require maximizing sales volume through open sales of unfettered downloads. When the business evolves, some of us will be left behind.

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      • MAV says:

        From what I see from Giga and Zen having purchased a couple of movies in the past year is that DRM is needed for higher quality playback, but the streaming player gives you an option to download a low-res (640×368) copy.

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        • Django says:

          Before the sp player (I believe it’s called) you had to download files from the site, but those files had drm in them, and could only be viewed with windows media player and would only work on a computer that you had registered with the zen/giga.

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  6. Django says:

    I would tend to agree that it’s more a case that Zen/Giga have stayed around the same quality and it’s an acceptable-to-great quality. It just depends on what you look for in a heroine peril video. I love plenty of their releases, of course not all of their releases contain scenarios that I’m interested in. Surely someone is. What hurts them most is the censorship (obviously not their fault) and having the drm and forced use of their video software, imo.

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    • MAV says:

      You mean the pixelated censorship for Giga videos? I guess that can prevent some buyers but for me it doesn’t affect it as I’m more about the heroine peril/torture scenarios instead of the sex scenes when I do find the occasional video that has a scene of interest for me (and is not too crazily priced).

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      • Django says:

        Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. I can’t say it bothers me to the point of disliking their videos, though if you were watching them for sex (and there is plenty of that in Giga) it takes away from the video. Given the choice between watching the same scene with or without censorship, you’re probably going to choose w/o. I can’t imagine that those into sexual peril (and I am, to a certain degree.) aren’t turned off by the pixilation.

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  7. Darkwrath016 says:

    Question: Do you think that it is case that Zen/Giga’s quality has gone down or is it more the case that Western producers quality has gone up over the years and Zen/Giga has just sort of stagnated?

    I’m more of a fan of the latter to be honest and here’s why.

    There are some things that Zen/Giga do better and have always done better than their western counterparts. They tend to have better stunts involved. Their locations are very expansive and exotic. Their films are nearly three times longer which allows them to tell a more movie like story (I’ll say that length isn’t necessarily better though). The Japanese market also seems to be largely in a healthier place than Western counterpart in no small part to the fact that they have an extremely restrictive DRM which in turn makes them have more space to try more novel concepts and ideas. They also have a lot more interesting special effects.

    What they don’t do better is that their fight choreography largely sucks. Well sucks is not the right word to use. More like very simplified so you end up with a lot of same moves in the same movie and with (IMO) very simple edits and cuts which exacerbates the problem. And it’s a very strange dichotomy that exists there because they (Zen and Giga) do have better stunts. I’ve seen HEROINES flying across the room in some of their movies but their fight choreography tends to be more about action than necessarily peril especially in Zen pictures. Western producers know the length of time and right camera angle to both produce a realistic looking hit and to focus on the heroine’s expression of pain. This is something NGC does EXTREAMLY well as it’s their bread and butter and many of the top producers in Western market do this really well. Zen seems to just focus on realism a lot of the time.

    There’s also the fact that to my knowledge none of them are shooting in 1080p. I don’t even think they are shooting in 720p which is basically the lower bound of what’s acceptable in todays Western market. I look at the preview pictures for this film and I can’t tell a substantial difference between it and a favorite film of mine from Giga that was released in 2009(!). And I’m kind of exaggerating there but really I’m also not if you get where I’m coming from.

    Its those two things (fight choreography and video output) that are really major drivers of what I consider ‘quality’ which may or may not be fair. For the western producers the special effects if anything has decreased a lot over the years and really hasn’t improved that much from six years ago. A couple top notch producers have, from what I’ve noticed, just used one location for shooting their movies. Length of the films is kind of all over the place yet if you ask me if a film from 2018 is ‘better’ in terms of quality from a film in 2010 I would say 100% yes. I cannot say the same about Giga/Zen films.

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    • Rob_Hinx says:

      I’ve never been a fan of Zen/Giga but I think you’ve raised some excellent points and I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

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    • MAV says:

      I’m not sure, but I think they do shoot 1080p (if the 1920×1080 resolution of my screencaps is correct), but maybe the frame rate they use is not close to 60FPS or whatever the standard is by western producers like Lucia/HM/Rye.

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      • Decendingskulls says:

        No one is delivering heroine peril in 60 fps. Some of them might shoot at high frame rate to create a slow motion shot (Dan-O did this a lot) but no one is exporting the final product at 60 fps.

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    • dkm says:

      To me “gone downhill” for these videos means they offer more of the same, but back in the day they were very innovative and creative with how they killed off their heroines and the peril they were put in. (which is why I liked the Zeus and Giga stuff). Now, the production quality is better but I don’t see much variation.

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    • Slater74 says:

      One of the reason Zen seems to have gone down is because they were much more prolific in the past and did a lot of two parters, which allowed much elaborated stories and better character development. I think it’s because Zen and Giga producer, Shin Iizawa, has since started working in the local hero niche market with the Yatsurugi series and its numerous spin offs (Ayaka Tsuji and Narumi Ôkawa does a lot of works for this products, by the way).

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