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Ai no shinsekai (1994)

A look a the lives of two sex workers in Tokyo: Rei, who works as an S&M dominatrix, and Ayumi, in the more straightforward profession of call girl. In addition to their working life, the ... See full summary »


Banmei Takahashi


Nobuyoshi Araki (story), Sho Kenzan | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki ... Rei
Reiko Kataoka Reiko Kataoka ... Ayumi
Aya Sugimoto Aya Sugimoto ... Saeko
Yôko Nakajima Yôko Nakajima ... Sakura
Hiromitsu Suzuki Hiromitsu Suzuki ... Doctor
Tomorô Taguchi ... Man with a knife
Takashi Matsuo Takashi Matsuo ... Journalist
Toshi Shioya Toshi Shioya ... Master
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ... Matsuki
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Host
Shinji Takeda Shinji Takeda ... Toru
Shô Aikawa ... Jiro
Nagare Hagiwara ... Sawanobori
Tetsu Watanabe
Shirô Shimomoto Shirô Shimomoto


A look a the lives of two sex workers in Tokyo: Rei, who works as an S&M dominatrix, and Ayumi, in the more straightforward profession of call girl. In addition to their working life, the film also looks at their private lives. Rei is acting in an amateur theatre company (along with the receptionist from Ayumi's escort service), while Ayumi is living with her student-boyfriend as he struggles to finally get accepted to college. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

17 December 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A New Love in Tokyo See more »

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G Company,Toa Kogyo See more »
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First official Japanese production to be shown in theaters uncensored and with full frontal nudity unfogged. See more »

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20 July 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Nobuyoshi Araki is one of Japan's leading photographers. His photos woven throughout the film were a highlight to me.

Sawa Suzuki was Rei, an aspiring actress who made money as a dominatrix while she worked on getting parts. Beats waiting tables, I would imagine.

Reiko Kataoka is Ayumi, who pretends to be an underage prostitute (the middle aged men like that) to save money to get married to her boyfriend, who is trying to get into medical school (he doesn't know what she does).

Rei and Ayumi become friends, so we experience their lives outside of work. It is not a picture of Japan that is familiar. They could be girls out for a good time in any major city. In fact, you could call them BFFs and look upon this as a chick flick were it not for the sex. I would guess that females aged 18-29 would give it the highest ratings.

Not being overly familiar with domination, I found that part very interesting. That businessmen and even Yakuza could subject themselves to humiliation to reduce stress was fascinating.

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