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TopÔzu (Tokyo Decadence) (1992)

Erotic sex or dangerous fantasy?

Original Title : TopÔzu
Director : Ryu Murakami
Writer : Peter Fernandez
Ryu Murakami
Genre : Drama
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Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Chosei Funahara , Tadanobu Hirao , Yousuke Nagata , Akiuh Suzuki , Hank Blumenthal
Music : Ryuichi Sakamoto
Photography : Tadash Aoki
IMDB ID : 0105622
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TopÔzu (Tokyo Decadence) (1992) - Ryu Murakami
 

Starring

Miho Nikaido Ai
Sayoko Amano Mr. Ishioka (Mr. Satoh
Yayoi Kusama Young Client (uncredited
 

Plot

A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has married.
 

Comments

An unflinching, unvarnished view of the sex trade I've never been to Tokyo, but this movie makes me feel as if I had.The city comes across as very modern, wealthy, but beneath it all soulless and materialistic.Prostitution is just a fact of life here. Ai, the main character, is a nice person who deserves something better than being a call girl.But for now, this is the best she can do. Her employer caters to the worst type of clients--the ones who get into S&,M, bondage, domination, and other things that would never appear in a mainstream movie.This film is NOT for everyone. WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER! The best line in the entire movie is from one of the other hookers.She says that the Japanese are a very wealthy people, but not a proud one.This lack of self-respect and self-esteem explains the bizarre, often degrading behavior of their clients. Those who enjoy this movie should also check out Lizzie Borden's movie Working Girls.It's another matter-of-fact view of the sex trade.
 
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