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Anyone even casually familiar with Japanese genre films (or anime or
manga)knows that they seem to have a kind of national fetish with
school uniforms and the young girls that wear them. Most of these films
are content to simply wallow in this particular fetish, but some like
"Bounce Ko-gals" look at the more serious repercussions for the
real-life teenage objects of this fetish. This movie falls somewhere
between exploitation and serious drama. On one hand, it's a serious
story about a socially-maladjusted Japanese salary-man (he is not
really "middle-aged' like the synopsis says, but kind of older young
adult who still lives at home with his family) who becomes obsessed
with a schoolgirl he sees riding the subway every morning. However, the
"schoolgirl" here is played by Japanese adult video starlet Aoi Sorya
and the movie certainly spends a lot more time than necessary looking
up the skirts of her and her equally mature-looking friend. But Sorya
does give a pretty good performance and is fairly believable as a
This movie certainly doesn't glamorize stalkers. The guy is quite unattractive and pitiful, and he resorts to increasingly desperate (and ultimately violent) measures to get close to the object of his affection. The movie takes an ironic, if pretty implausible, twist a little more than halfway through, and then takes yet another more surreal and ambiguous twist at the very end. There's some humor, which may or may not be intentional (it's kind of hard to tell), such as when the guy steals the girl's bicycle seat or dresses himself up in a schoolgirl outfit. It's certainly not very erotic aside from an occasional glimpses of Sorya's cute little butt, which you could obviously see a lot more of in her AV work. (By the way, I don't claim that dressing adult porn stars up in schoolgirl outfits is exactly healthy, but I don't think it will cause any otherwise normal people to run slobbering down to the local schoolyard either).
I'm not sure who to recommend this movie to. People expecting a serious drama like "Bounce Ko-gals" might be put off by the more exploitative elements and the fact that it's told from the POV of the unappealing male stalker. On the other hand, people who want to see these porn stars actually take off their uniforms might be put off by the depressing tone and relative dearth of this kind of exploitation. Nevertheless it is a kind interesting movie.
In her iconic sailor-style uniform, the Japanese schoolgirl has long
been a common fantasy figure for middle-aged businessmen from 'the land
of the rising sun' (so much so, that public vending machines once
dispensed used schoolgirl panties along Japan's major commuter
routes!). Raw Summer deals with one such pervy bloke, an unattractive,
podgy, balding loser named Masuo (Yutaka Mishima), who allows his
fantasy to become reality when he takes his unhealthy infatuation with
Anko (Sola Aoi), the beautiful schoolgirl with whom he shares a train
every morning, to the next disturbing level.
Given the touchy subject matter, I fully expected Raw Summer to be an out-and-out piece of deviant Pinku filth; instead, director Keisuke Yoshida delivers a surprisingly thoughtful, sometimes tender, and only occasionally shocking study of obsession. The film moves at a fairly sedate pace, but never bores thanks to its economic 56 minute running time and an unpredictable plot-turn midway; it also leaves the viewer thinking with a surprise twist ending that reminded me of that old Twilight Zone episode 'An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge'.
A man has unhealthy obsession about a high school girl and stalks her.
You get to see one of a kind worst behavior from this man throughout
the entire movie.
The fail of this movie is that the guy is not interesting, but just vulgar. This kills the intrigue of this movie immediately. I've seen Simon Yam ( a very famous Hong Kong actor) play a maniac that's infatuated with a girl, but he never appeared vulgar which is a testament to his great talent as an actor. Unfortunately, no such talent pool was visible in this movie for the actor, director, and the screen writer.
Classy movies were scarce between 2001 - 2005, and this movie seems to falls in this category.
I ended up watching this movie, but it was one of the few movies I've regretted seeing.
Not recommended by any means, and best stay away from it.
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