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Tokyo Decadence [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Miho Nikaidoh, Sayoko Amano, Tenmei Kano, Kan Mikami, Masahiko Shimada
  • Directors: Ryu Murakami
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KQOVKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2010
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Let's put the drinks on the table and set the bar high. Anything crawling out of Hollywood with the obligatory happy ending, complete with fake bonhomie is one star, less if I could achieve it. This accounts for the multiple reviewers who pollute and constantly churn up at these venues, making all types of claims about art and culture. Instead they are merely detailing their poor intellect.

We need a Weird Revolution and the straights need to be place in a ghetto where they can show off their watches, cars and talk about house prices to each other. The rest, the minority can get on with the real world.

Tokyo Decadence is a film about Japanese sex. Anyone traveling to Ropungi, Shinjuku or Shubiya will have a twinge of recognition. S.e.x film? Of course it is, is there something wrong? Even p.orn is a reflection of the zeitgeist, those who want to dismiss sex as tawdry perhaps need to seek other forms of comfort.

To the unwary Japan appears ordered, an archetypal Durkheimian sanitised society. Camouflage, anymore than the USA being thoroughly Christian and free or the English polite, well spoken and good at cricket. Under the surface sex reeks its open pore with fetishisation traveling the bullet train to the xtreme. This film straddles both critique and endorsment of the fetishistic view.

Flushing the toilet twice, coprophilia club performances, no panties restaurants, groping hands of the underground cab with compressed bodies forced into shapes twister could never imagine; all traverse the society. The mass ranks of teen sex at Shinjuku waiting for sugar daddy to liberate them from the tedium of family life for a fee and the open arms embrace of porn embalmed in Araki's rope bondage. A Jungian shared folk memory?
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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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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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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 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; 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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