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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Quotes

Ai: I've discovered that I have no talent - none whatsoever.
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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Llegué Llegué / Guararey de Pastorita
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Performed by Los Van Van
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Beyond Surfaces
17 November 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

A shimmering brightness infuses "Tokyo Decadence". The neon-blasted streets, the eerie, artificial glow of offices and hotel rooms, even the translucent glow of daylight insinuates under the skin of the film.

The antiheroine of the film passes through a sexual Seven-Circles-of-Hell in Tokyo, used and battered by clients, gangsters and even friends who ply her with drugs and subversive sex. None of the sexuality is erotic, but it's also not presented as obscene or tragic. The spare, minimal approach to the dialogue heightens the tension and sense of dislocation. The film presents sex as a matter-of-fact commodity, flesh as spiritual bargaining tool in return for a temporary escape from alienation and fear.

It's an intriguing film, difficult to watch but rich in visual beauty and its subtextual dimensions are quite rewarding. The film fetishizes everything to the point of abstraction. The city of Tokyo becomes a gleaming morass of lights, skyscrapers and soullessness.

A brutal and delicate work of art.


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