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Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)

Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals) (1998)


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Ripped straight from the headlines of 1990s Japan, this film directed by Masato Harada explores the ticklish issue of enjo kosai -- a much-hyped phenomenon in which Tokyo schoolgirls (kogyaru) go on paid dates with lecherous middle-aged men. Set in the ultra-fashionable neighborhood of Shibuya, this film details a day in the lives of such freewheeling young women. Bounce Ko Gals opens with Raku (Yasue Sato) accompanying her round-faced friend Maru (Shin Yazawa) to an after-school abortion. After


Art House & International, Drama

Jun 20, 2006

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7)

Manages the difficult feat of being simultaneously sordid and tedious at the same time.

October 23, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Bounce Ko Gals feels fabricated, studio-bound and claustrophobic, which doesn't add to the ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity this genre has always depended on.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie frames a critique of socially permissible pedophilia as indelible as Harada's eavesdropping mise-en-scène.

September 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Foreign film buffs who enjoyed Lost in Translation may find it worthwhile to revisit Japan with a native guide.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a drama that focuses on the seedy world of Japanese schoolgirl prostitution - wins points for trying to tackle a hard subject, albeit with velvet gloves.

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source:

Three Japanese teens bounce from scenes of seedy underworld horror (and kink) to school-girl giggles. These final giggles that will hold you spell-bound.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

[E]xpressive and often funny, but never deep or poetic.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source:

Despite the lurid material, director Masato Harada's intelligent drama takes a refreshingly non-exploitative look at Japan's real-life sex industry and its relationship to an increasingly youth-oriented consumer culture.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Depressing, even with the uplifting finale.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

It's a down and dirty look at the world of the ko gals, but it has class.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There's nothing fresh uncovered.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A straightforward story -- but nothing admirable here, no good people, no point.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Harada fashions a socially mimetic picture of seedy street-hustler life a la My Own Private Idaho and Olivier Assayas' Cold Water.

September 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)

Not a sexual movie but it deals with selling sex. This movie has a lot of heart and I enjoyed it alot. It basically follows the activity of the 3 youngfemale characters for one night. The script is smart and the acting is spot on by the entire casr. It will hold your interest, with plenty of drama and suspense. See it!
January 2, 2010
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