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Tokyo Decadence [DVD]

Miho Nikaidoh , Sayoko Amano , Ryu Murakami    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Miho Nikaidoh, Sayoko Amano, Tenmei Kano, Kan Mikami, Masahiko Shimada
  • Directors: Ryu Murakami
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,277 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Erotic sex or dangerous fantasy?

From the writer of Takashi Miike s Audition - Ry Murakami - comes a journey into a dimly lit world of submission, obedience and restraint.

Ai is a college girl who works on the decadent fringes of Tokyo s S&M scene, servicing the needs of rich men who want to dominate and be dominated. Working in an empty world of other peoples seedy desires, she longs for the love of an artist who has rejected her. Can she escape from the world of dangerous fantasies and risky sex she finds herself in and make her romantic delusions a reality?

Take a trip into the dark heart of prostitution and get a taste of Tokyo Decadence.

Special Features:

  • Widescreen presentation
  • ArrowDrome trailers
  • New booklet by author Robin Bougie

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is amazing 27 April 2010
This is an amazing vision of life among outcasts, prostitutes and the mentally ill against a straitlaced Japanese background. Anyone who has read Ryu Murakami's novels, like Coin Locker Babies and Pierced, will experience a deep satisfaction with this, his only film. Occasionally completely insane, mostly a very beautiful and measured and even haunting character study of a call girl and her daily grind. Great music by Sakamoto, and I often thought of the film AUDITION, which is based on one of his book. This movie is just as beautiful, and just as anti-socially disturbing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Japanese Eroticism 9 Jan 2011
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The first half is about a shy young woman who makes her money doing whatever her clients desire. It's interesting and well acted. It's also very sexy. The Japanese make great films about desire, human passions, one might say 'perversions'. Half way through however the female lead goes on a quest to find her long lost love after taking LSD or something similar. Everything gets very confusing and she seems to become involved with a collection of lunatics in a park. I had no idea what was going on. The subtitles were only partial so they didn't help. Despite this I'd recommend Tokyo Decadence for the sensitivity of the acting and the interesting portrayal of a call girl by the lead.
A theme within the narrative is about the reasons people end up in this business: 'I had no talent for anything', she tells one client.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art versus closed minds 26 Jun 2010
Ryu Murakami has written several books that I have found very useful in trying to understand the mental focus of the 9-5 type individual in a strongly regimented society like Japan,and by extension,my own..(Western..I call no country home..Born NZ,off th'rails UK,other things here + there..))The thing about Tokyo Decadence,is that the director has NOT pandered to the average 'porn' watcher's expectations..That's not what the book's about nor is it what the film's about.I was taken in for the 1st 45 minutes or so,by the straight forward depiction of the 'heroine's job,as she switches herself off in order to 'get the job done'.All well and good,and I would have thought 'yeah,life study,one persons ways of copimg.' But the 2nd half of the film changes pace so noticeably that it elevates the film to an existentialist view of where we all stand in rtelation to the society around us.Where Takashi Miike used Murakami's work to show inability to cope with the degradation of life(Audition),here there is NO 'finish',or coup de just goes does the viewer's after the film ends.
Anyone who buys this film expecting 'porn' is just as blind as anyone who find's themself offended by the deadpan handling of the subject matter.
A perfectly made window into a short space of another's life. Bravo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy but bizarre 24 May 2012
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I`m sure this is one you will have to watch again to fully take it in. It is a weird film but incredibly erotic. The scene with Ai at the window dripping with sweat is one of the hottest things I have seen in non pornographic cinema. It isn`t a sleazy film. It just happens to have graphic scenes in it. Worth buying but like I said you probably won`t get it first time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark 80's Japan 10 May 2011
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This film has a very strong 80's atmosphere, so if you miss that decade, you will enjoy this. Tokyo appears as a city where anything is possible and where people are always pushing the boundaries to the limit. The film manages to drag you into the dark side of the wealthy and it is a very dark side indeed...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A metaphor for lost values in modern Japan ? 14 Aug 2012
I'm not sure if I'm falling for a familiar cliche of cinema here but it seems to me that you need to go beyond the explicit depiction of perverted sexuality here and see Tokyo Decadence as a critique of a hyper-capitalist urban Japan in which traditional and wholesome bonds of love and family connection have been twisted, and have metamorphosed into the dark interior world of fantasy, narcissism, individualism, and alienation. All the characters in this movie are victims of this cold and soul-less society, where 'love' has been commodified and packaged into strange shapes and forms. Traditional characteristics of a pre-capitalist Japan such as respect and submission have been perverted into egotistic self-gratification and abasement before the new invisible god of money and exploitation. From the outset, the biggest victim, like a refugee from an Ozu film, is the beautiful and fragile Ai (the Japanese word for 'love' apparently) played by Miho Nikaido, adrift in a world where she doesn't belong. Instead of giving her selfless love to the man she has lost, she is reduced, perhaps out of a false sense of inadequacy and rejection, to servicing and fulfilling the desires of men who she can satisfy and make happy, although even in this she feels a sense of failure. It is one of the most heartbreaking aspects of this film that such a beautiful girl is wanted not for who she really is but for what she appears to be. The saddest episode is the most poetic scene where she journeys from the city into the suburbs to find her (and Tokyo's ?) lost heart and innocence. High on the drugs that she has become dependent on, she appears now as the little girl lost, a doll in a pretty dress trying to find her way back home to innocence, love, and nature. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A dark story of the decadent world inside Japan as traditional and western sex come togerther
Published 1 month ago by Philippakristiana Grimsley
5.0 out of 5 stars nice add to my collection
suberb dealer!!! nice add to my collection!! i will sure buy more japanese movies in the future!!! very satisfied with this DVD!!!
Published 10 months ago by miguel
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cult film
DVD was delivered really quickly and packaged well so it wasn't damaged. The film it's self was a great watch especially if you like Japanese films for their extra odd flair.
Published 14 months ago by Hannah Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange film
Didn't really get into it at all. Very disjointed. Won't be interested in Japanese cinema in future! Exotic or otherwise!
Published 16 months ago by Kenneth Peter Tyrrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it if you want to know about the Japanese perversions
The unique collaboration of Ryu Murakami in cinema is a parable of sexual decay in the mind of Japanese, which mirrors the social decay of the 90's Japan. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars TLC
Published on 12 Oct 2012 by tommy l c
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch... but worthwhile
The first thirty minutes takes place during an S&M session between our main character, S&M girl Ai, and a salaryman. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by BPR
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish but rather incomprehensible
This film falls into two parts: the first half is a depiction of the everyday life of an S&M hooker in Tokyo, and the second half is, well, just confusing (she goes looking for her... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Stefan43
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't tell a film by the cover
The cover and the title of this dvd looks like it might be a japanned Tinto Brass film. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Dom Vlad Malic
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