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An Adolescent (2001)

Shôjo (original title)
Tomokawa is a tough guy turned bored cop who spends much of his time sating lonely housewives and looking after retarded teen Sukemasa. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached ... See full summary »


Eiji Okuda
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Credited cast:
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Tomokawa
Mayu Ozawa Mayu Ozawa ... Yoko
Akira Shoji Akira Shoji ... Sukemasa
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Yukie
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Shozo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazu Andô Kazu Andô
Noriko Hamada Noriko Hamada
Katsuhiko Hibino Katsuhiko Hibino
Hideo Higashikokubaru Hideo Higashikokubaru ... (as Sonomanma Higashi)
Kazuhiko Kanayama Kazuhiko Kanayama
Sujin Kim Sujin Kim
Nasubi Nasubi
Masahiko Shimada Masahiko Shimada
Akihiro Yoshimura Akihiro Yoshimura


Tomokawa is a tough guy turned bored cop who spends much of his time sating lonely housewives and looking after retarded teen Sukemasa. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached by a 15-year-old enjo kosai named Yoko, offering a round of illicit sex in exchange for cash. Though he demurs, their paths cross again and soon a relationship of sorts forms. Yoko, it turns out, is Sukemasa's sister; and both are the children of his old flame Yukie, a grasping, self-centered woman. Moreover, Yoko's grandfather is responsible for the massive tattoo sprawling across Tomokawa's back. Tomokawa soon takes both teens under his wing, protecting them from their heartless mother, and their lecherous stepfather. Soon, Yoko gets a similarly massive tattoo illustrating her bond with her policeman savior. Written by Shoujyo

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It was too slow paced and lacking a proper storyline...
7 March 2021 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Well, I suppose that this 2001 movie titled "An Adolescent" (aka "Shôjo") sort of could be said to be a Japanese version of the classic Kubrick movie "Lolita", except that "An Adolescent" is a bit more visual - in a semi-sleazy way. Well, of course that depends on your preference in movies of course, but all the sex scenes in this 2001 movie from director Eiji Okuda just made the movie feel tacky and sleazy to me.

And the storyline told in "An Adolescent" wasn't just overly interesting or well-paced and I must admit that I lost interest in the movie several times throughout the course of its playing time and ended up perusing social media on my phone as the movie trotted on.

The acting performances in the movie were stale, rigid and wooden, and that ultimately lead to a less than mediocre movie experience. It felt like people weren't even really putting any effort into bringing their designated characters and roles to life on the screen. So you could just as well have been watching a puppet theater show.

And if the actors and actresses had put more effort, spirit and heart into their performances, the story might have turned out to be more watchable and enjoyable.

While I managed to endure the movie and sit through it, this is not a movie that brought me any enjoyment or entertainment. And it most certainly is not a movie that I will be returning to watch for a second time.

My rating of "An Adolescent" lands on a mere three out of ten stars. This movie was a snoozefest.

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29 September 2001 (Japan) See more »

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$7,106, 28 August 2005

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