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Tokyo Decadence [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00199PPE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Vermilion Sands on 27 April 2010
Format: DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justice Peace on 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi Don on 26 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
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 grace..life just goes on..as 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 By Louis Lalande on 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 By MM on 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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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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