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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 »

Director:

Ryû Murakami

Writers:

Ryû Murakami (book), Ryû Murakami (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miho Nikaido ... Ai
Sayoko Amano Sayoko Amano ... Saki
Tenmei Kano Tenmei Kano ... Ishioka (Mr. Satoh)
Masahiko Shimada Masahiko Shimada ... Suzuki
Yayoi Kusama ... Fortuneteller
Chie Sema Chie Sema ... Opera Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magayasu Ishihara Magayasu Ishihara
Hiroshi Mikami
Nami Nosaki 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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Taglines:

Erotic sex or dangerous fantasy?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Quotes

Ai: I've discovered that I have no talent - none whatsoever.
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Alternate Versions

The 135 min. Chinese VCD version on 2 discs is uncut, with japanese soundtrack and chinese subtitles See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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 TidalBasinTavernSee 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Decadence See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$277,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$277,845
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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