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Tokyo Decadence (1992)

Topâzu (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama | 30 April 1993 (USA)
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 ...
Saki
Tenmei Kano ...
Ishioka (Mr. Satoh)
Masahiko Shimada ...
Suzuki
Yayoi Kusama ...
Fortuneteller
Chie Sema ...
Opera Woman
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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Tokyo Decadence  »

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$277,813 (USA)
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Quotes

Ai: I'm at your disposal, sir
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Connections

Featured in Interview with Ryu Murakami (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Llegué Llegué / Guararey de Pastorita
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Performed by Los Van Van
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A near unwatchable bore
10 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I checked this film out because I discovered it was written by one of Japan's most controversial writers, Ryu Murakami, who wrote the novel that Takashi Miike's AUDITION was based on. Murakami not only wrote the book of TOKYO DECADENCE, but he also adapted it for the screen and directed this adaptation to boot.

Unfortunately, this turns out to be a near unwatchable bore, a film I could barely stand to sit through thanks to the subject matter. TOKYO DECADENCE explores the world of S&M and in particular the life of a submissive prostitute who's treated cruelly by her clients. Sadly, the experiences she undergoes sees her gradually losing her mind, building to a narrative climax of sorts.

95% of this film is made up of near-pornographic fetish scenes of women being forced to undergo weird and humiliating sexual experiences. The acting is non-existent and the characterisation barely there; instead, Murakami seems to enjoy just wallowing in the sleaze and the degradation of women. Not my cup of tea at all, I'm afraid; a few atmospheric shots of the Tokyo skyline and the occasional scene of plotting fail to make this anywhere close to becoming a 'proper' film.


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