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Winner of Best Film and Actress awards at festivals ranging from Paris, Helsinki and Venice to Montreal and AFI this bright and twisted Japanese love story mixes tattoos, eroticism and comedy through the eyes of a 17-year old girl's infatuation with the local policeman. The story follows Tomokawa, a notoriously lazy policeman who spends most of his time teasing his intellectually - challenged friend Sukemasa or having affairs with married women. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached by a enjo kosai named Yoko and soon a relationship of sorts forms. Yoko, it turns out, is Sukemasa's sister; and both are the children of his old flame Yukie (Marie Natsuki), a grasping, self-centered woman. Tomokawa soon takes both teens under his wing, protecting them from their heartless mother, and their lecherous stepfather, but will the intense love of this middle-aged man and innocent girl be able to last in the face of social disapproval?

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(*** ½ ) ...unabashed wit and crystalline style. Twisted romance... --Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

At its core, the film is strong and involving, Narushima and Manabe's script (from a novel by Mikihiko Renjo) has a stubborn, persistent and honest quality, and those willing to sit through the film to its end will be rewarded by the sense that the couple's acquired wisdom and understanding have been hard-won. --Kevin Thomas, LA Times

The lover s passion is movingly evoked (particularly in Ms. Ozawa s emotionally raw performance as the needy teenager)...Sumptous fun mixed with eroticism." --Dana Stevens, NY Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hideo Murota, Eiji Okuda, Mari Natsuki, Shoji Akira, Mayu Ozawa
  • Directors: Eiji Okuda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Indican
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOPPZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,837 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shoujyo - An Adolescent" on IMDb

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
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Directing his first and only feature film, Japanese movie star Eiji Okuda made an unabashed vanity film. He cast himself as the ultimate man's man, a former gangster, complete with full yakuza tattoo, who reformed and has become a small-town police officer. Of course, beneath his brusque exterior beats a heart of gold, shown by how he spends his free time taking care of a local teenage retarded boy. He is a man so completely dripping with sex-appeal that he can't even return a missing dog without the happy owner insisting that he come in for a little afternoon delight. This poor guy is so tired out by refreshing the housewives that he tries to have a quiet rest and a beer in a local bar. Ah, but even it is too much for the ladies, as a cute 15-year-old jr. high school girl soon plops down at his table and introduces herself with the line "Hey Mister! You up for some sex?" Its a hard life indeed.

"Shoujyo - An Adolescent" is ostensibly based on a short story by Mikihiko Renjo, but it plays off as more of a soft-core "Lolita" clone. The story line is full of coincidences. Okuda soon begins a relationship with the 15-year old Yoko, and finds that she is the brother of his little retarded pal. On top of that, Yoko's grandfather is the one that gave him his tattoo many years ago. Yoko's mother, of course, demands sex from Okuda when she uncovers the relationship with her daughter, and Okuda willingly sacrifices himself, soon bedding both mother and daughter. None of the characters are even slightly realistic, with Yoko being little more than a fanciful image of youthful beauty and a middle-aged man's wish fulfillment.

The only redeeming feature of "Shoujyou" is that it is well-filmed. The story is shallow, but the pictures are pretty and so are the girls that Okuda trysts with. As a soft-core pink film with a lolita theme, there are certainly worse movies out there. Just don't set your expectations too high.
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Thank you outstanding product.
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The cover sets-up expectations that may not be met in the movie itself. The movie drags and the acting is not up to Western standards. If you are seeking nudity, you may be disappointed. Although there is some in the movie, I had the impression that the producers saw more than the viewers see. You may want to rent this movie rather than purchase it...but this is just my opinion.
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By Istvan on November 25, 2009
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This is a well-acted and well-photographed movie. And Yoko, the main heroine, is so charming, that she would turn a saint to be a flaming pervert. She should go far in her acting courrier.
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a young girl makes advances with an older man .At first you think they are from a different world but soon you will notice what brings them together.A warm and funny film mixed wiht erotic and adventure.I like the tatoo scene of the young girl ,if I would have the skills I did it my self...
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