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Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (Lalapipo) (2009)

Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (Lalapipo) (2009)

Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (Lalapipo)




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The often bizarre sexual attitudes and adventures of six interrelated characters in Tokyo form the basis of this offbeat comedy from director Masayuki Miyano. Kenji (Hiroki Narimiya) works in the lower levels of the Tokyo sex industry, and is looking for new talent as he struggles to make a living running everything from a massage parlor to "adults only" karaoke. Kenji thinks he's found a promising property in Tomoko (Yuri Nakamura), a pretty if timid girl working in retail, and as they strike up a romantic relationship, he looks for ways to use her beauty to his advantage. At the same time, Kenji is also managing the career of Yoshie (Mari Hamada), an adult actress who is older than most of her peers and has a few secrets she doesn't care to share with her business partner. Living in the same building as Kenji and Tomoko is Hiroshi (Sarutoki Mingawa), a slobby geek who gets excited by the sounds of his neighbors' lovemaking and has frequent arguments with his penis, which talks. Eventually Hiroshi leaves his flat long enough to meet Sayuri (Tomoko Murakami), a hefty gal who has her own unusual career in the erotic entertainment business. And Koichi (Yoshiyuki Morishita) is a mild-mannered guy who is shy with women but has a rich fantasy life in which he's a sexual super hero. Lalapipo: A Lot Of People received its North American premiere at the 2009 New York Asian Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tetsuya Nakashima
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Critic Reviews for Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (Lalapipo)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Insipid and puerile to the frame.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Much of the source text is captured winningly here, but inevitably some elements have been disappointingly rendered.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Empire Magazine

A vapid and misogynistic Japanese sex-dramedy. Idiotic.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Times (UK)

Just one in a million is likely to enjoy Masayuki Miyano's laugh-free sex comedy.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009

The film is jaunty rather than erotic, hoping to show that, despite everything, some find hope amid the sleaze.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
This is London

Never less than watchable, thanks to strong performances and a handful of great scenes but the uneven tone prevents it from engaging on an emotional level.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009

Audience Reviews for Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (Lalapipo)

Very original story about a group of people who are loosely connected with sleaze being the underlying theme.
The characters include the charming, but dishonest pimp. The girl he lures into the adult film world. The mature porn actress who is hiding a secret at home. The chubby fetish girl.
It's all very surreal and quite amusing in places. Definitely not as heavy as you might think from the subject matter. Actually quite kitschy.
The time went very fast watching this one. Honestly didn't know what to expect next.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Coming from a short story collection by Hideo Okuda, Masayuki Miyano's Lala Pipo: A Lot of People becomes a mature stylish comedy.After a catchy opening sequence the story delivers itself in 6 parts, each following a different character. The film dazzles with its quirky characters and even with some of its eccentric style, while the story consistently pushes forward.Each of the stories intertwine into a whole, although some more than others, and the lengths for each do vary. Ultimately, the 90 minutes do go by as there is a lot that this film covers during that time frame. All of the characters revolve around sex in some way, whether it be hostess bars or even porn movies, so there is a lot of sexuality and sexual content, but without getting to graphic. The change in characters and style of the picture do help alleviate the staleness of the adult oriented subject matter.Hiroki Narimiya, Yuri Nakamura, Mari Hamada, Tomoko Murakami, Sarutoki Minagawa, and Takashi Yoshimura successfully give the main characters life, as they range in age as well as physical properties.By the end, Lala Pipo: A Lot of People feels more like a whole rather than a bunch of segmented stories and is a comedy worth viewing.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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