Tokyo Decadence

(1992)

also known as: Topâzu

directed by Ryû Murakami, 110 minutes

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Ai, a timid Japanese college girl, tries to make ends meet as a S&M bondage girl-for-hire within a world of wealthy businessmen and lavish Tokyo penthouses. Her quest for true love and happiness contrasts with the dark nighttime in Tokyo, ridden with perverse sex and drugs. Written and directed by Ryû Murakami, author of AUDITION.

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bobdove
1 member found this review helpful Created 4 months ago.

As a bystander, I wanted to know . . . lots of things. Now I wish I didn't know. I could not remain a bystander, her pain was my pain. How could she remain innocent in her trade, but she does. How could she not be destroyed by her experiences, but apparently is not. Highest praise to the actress and the entire production crew for a really fine film about the sadness of who we have become.

Created over 1 year ago.

This is one nervy movie, but it is quite amazing when you reflect on what you've just been through. Submission, sublimation, sado-masochisim, power, and madness have been dealt with in films like Maîtresse by Barbet Schroeder, Bunuel's Belle de Jour, The Night Porter with Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling, Pasolini's Salo, Realm of the Senses, even Eyes Wide Shut, and many others. Each has varying degrees of humor and horror, eroticism and discomfort, realism and stylized madness.This takes these polarities to extremes, even to the point where it can be difficult to watch. The director wrote the novel for Takashi Miike's Audition, so that is telling. It veers insanely from comic to erotic, and the erotic will depend on your taste and capacity for gazing on these things. The acting is awfully brave. Ryû Murakami has added a unique work of art to films on the metaphysics and sociology of sexuality.

Created over 1 year ago.

well i didnt know what to think except maybe thiss was porn hiding behind what could have been a good film. i felt so sorry for the passive and nice lady caught up in a world she doesnt know enough to avoid just to survive.

Created over 1 year ago.

no

Created almost 2 years ago.

The name speaks for itself. This film has enough shameless filth in it to make the most decadent among us experience tingly titilating bursts of joy!

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