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Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano

(Namae no nai Onnatachi)

Canadian Premiere

  • Drama
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  • Japan
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  • 2010
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  • 105 min
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  • HD
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  • Japanese with English subtitles
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Hosted by Director Hisayasu Sato

Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2011

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Credits

Director: Hisayasu Sato
Screenplay: Naoko Nishida, from Atsuhiko Nakamura
Cast: Norie Yasui, Mayu Sakuma, Minoru Torihada, Ryunosuke Kawai, Makiko Watanabe
Producers: Ryoji Kobayashi, Koichi Kusakabe
Print Source: Makotoya Co, Ltd.

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Description

Amid the perpetual torrent of humanity of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, timid Junko (Norie Yasui), a 22-year-old office worker, is approached by a man who promises to change her life and help her realize her dreams. His kind words seem right out of a fairy tale. The following day, Junko starts her new life with a new name — Lulu. She is a secondary actress in pornographic films now. Hardly the fairy-tale life, is it, but the constant badgering by her mother (LOVE EXPOSURE’s Makiko Watanabe) and the ingratitude of her colleagues have driven the young woman’s desire to be something else, someone else. The wigs and costumes of her new otaku-fetish persona will do nicely for now. At her firt shoot, she meets Ayano (Mayu Sakuma). If Lulu is sweet, docile and innocent, Ayano’s personality is strong, rebellious and violent. A deep friendship unites the two women, who will help each other endure a milieu in which, to satisfy an eager clientele, they must abandon all inhibitions, indulge in wanton sexuality and even “fake” being raped. Though she struggles to keep her two lives separate, Lulu slowly loses herself in her character, overwhelmed by her popularity which pushes her to ever greater extremes as each day she becomes more of an object for her manager and her fans, one of whom is particularly unbalanced…

In Japan, more than 10,000 young women appear each year in pornographic movies. Add to that amateur and hidden-camera films, and the number rises to close to 40,000. With this story centred around two of these actresses, Hisayasu Sato, one of the four kings of “pinku eiga” (Japanese erotic cinema, not to be confused with the hardcore porno genre), paints a hard portrait, at once lucid, fascinating and troubling, of a world in which women are but disposable devices for making mountains of cash and satisfying sordid fantasies. Best known in this part of the world for his gruesome cult film NAKED BLOOD, Sato indulges his pet preoccupations here, attacking the widespread superficiality that leads an introverted woman to surrender her innocence. Examining a vital and heartfelt friendship between two admirably fleshed-out personalities facing all odds together, LOVE & LOATHING & LULU & AYANO comes off like a KAMIKAZE GIRLS in the demimonde of porn, revealing a hidden, polymorphously perverse side of Tokyo that balances the pretty with the pitiless. LOVE & LOATHING is a work that your conscience will not easily shake.

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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