Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals) (1998)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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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
Oct 18, 1997 Wide
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Manages the difficult feat of being simultaneously sordid and tedious at the same time.
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.
The movie frames a critique of socially permissible pedophilia as indelible as Harada's eavesdropping mise-en-scène.
Foreign film buffs who enjoyed Lost in Translation may find it worthwhile to revisit Japan with a native guide.
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.
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.
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.
It's a down and dirty look at the world of the ko gals, but it has class.
A straightforward story -- but nothing admirable here, no good people, no point.
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