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Scoutman (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 October 2001 (Japan)
Mary (17) and Atsushi (20) elope and come to live in Tokyo from a nearby city. Soon after running out of money, they start looking for a job. Mari meets a girl named Kana who sells party ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Miku Matsumoto ...
Mari
Hideo Nakaizumi ...
Atsushi
Yuka Fujimoto ...
Kana
Akihito Yoshiie ...
Yoshiya
Yuri Komuro ...
Miki
Shirô Shimomoto ...
Sugishita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mika Abe ...
Camera woman
Taeko Fuchi ...
AV Actress
Ayane Fukazawa ...
Actress
Mitsutaka Hasegawa ...
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Ai Honda ...
AV Actress
Juri Honma ...
Girl in the office
Tomoaki Hori ...
Camera man
Keiko Ikeda ...
Publicist
Sanae Iketani ...
AV Actress
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Mary (17) and Atsushi (20) elope and come to live in Tokyo from a nearby city. Soon after running out of money, they start looking for a job. Mari meets a girl named Kana who sells party tickets in the streets. Kana claims she's 18 years old but in actuality she is only 15. Atsushi comes to know a group of young scoutmen and gets hired as one of them. While Marie and Atsushi are encountering with these people, their beliefs and values are shaken. Written by Killer-40

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Drama | Romance

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Disturbing but insightful
25 April 2001 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

A teenage couple, Mari and Atushi, elope to a big city in search for a better life. Mari, who is crippled, tries her best to look for a job while her boyfriend spends most of his time picking up girls.

Eventually, Atushi is introduced to the world of scoutmen - flashy, dashing men who recruit young women off the streets for adult video (AV). Mari befriends Kana, who appears to be selling ""party tickets", but who makes most of her money by providing various services to salarymen with kinky fetishes.

The director spins a disturbing and rather sad tale about two innocent teens who get involved with the sex industry. At the same time, he shows us how volatile a career it can be. Aging AV stars are less in demand, and turn to fuzoku, the non-intercourse sex industry. A former hotshot scoutman degenerates into a lechering loser.

A well-balanced look at the sex industry particular to Japan, where girls sell their bodies to "dirty old men" to buy branded goods, while overworked salarymen get off on weird fetishes.

It was an eye-opener to see how scoutmen did their pitch (director filmed actual scoutmen doing their thing) and how the young teens managed to hook up with their "clients". Especially with the economic bubble bursting, young women are increasingly becoming attracted to such industries, which is easy money.


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