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Tokyo Decadence (1992)
"Topâzu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1993 (USA)
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A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miho Nikaido ...
Ai
Sayoko Amano
Tenmei Kano
Masahiko Shimada ...
Mr. Ishioka (Mr. Satoh)
Yayoi Kusama
Chie Sema
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magayasu Ishihara
Hiroshi Mikami
Nami Nosaki
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A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has married. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Erotic sex or dangerous fantasy?

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Rated NC-17 for strong, explicit, sado-masochistic sexuality | See all certifications »

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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Tokyo Decadence  »

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$277,813 (USA)
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Mr. Ishioka: Bend down, your face means nothing to me.
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Llegué Llegué / Guararey de Pastorita
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Performed by Los Van Van
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Decent enough art house movie
28 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This review is for the 1:49 (109 minute) version of the film in Japanese with English subtitles. I believe this is the 'uncut' version. I was quite worried before watching this film about what I was letting myself in for after having read some of the reviews. I feared it might be something like some of Pasolini's films. I needn't have worried. Admittedly you might not want to show it to your maiden aunt.

It's a sort of art house version of Showgirls (1995). The hallucination scenes reminds me a bit of the Mandrax infused scenes in Celine and Julie go boating (1974). So as a bit of trivia I'm guessing that is the drug Ai takes.

It's supposedly a warts and all look at the life of a Tokyo prostitute, Ai, who specialises in S & M set at the time of the economic bubble. Obviously this could just be a flimsy excuse for a lot of gratuitous footage under the guise of Art. I'm inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt. It's never going to be a great film, but at least it does pass the Bechdel test.

Films with a similar idea that spring to mind are Klute (1971) and Strella (2009). Both of which seemed like a more realistic portrayal, particularly Strella.I may be being a little unfair since some of it could have got lost in translation.


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