Modern Living: Sinerama in Osaka

"We delight in taking this opportunity to extend our sincere felicitations for your midwinter prosperity," said the polite police edict to hotelkeepers in Osaka, Japan. "We also call your attention to a recent case in which a 'pink movie' leaped into the living rooms of some of our citizens from a hotel equipped with a video-tape recording machine. No such leakage will be repeated."

The "pinkie" that inspired the official prose was a film that Japanese censors consider a shade more acceptable than "blue," or hard-core pornographic movies. Pinkies can be shown legally to adult audiences, but this one had appeared without...

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