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Shoujyo: An Adolescent

Shoujyo: An Adolescent (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Noted character actor Eiji Okuda makes his directorial debut with this Lolita-esque romantic drama adapted from a book by Mikihiko Renjyo. Tomokawa (Okuda) is a tough guy turned bored cop who spends much of his time sating lonely housewives and looking after retarded teen Sukemasa. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached by a 15-year-old enjo kosai named Yoko, offering a round of illicit sex in exchange for cash. Though he demurs, their paths cross again and soon a relationship of

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Art House & International, Drama

Sep 26, 2006

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Decidedly uneven yet intriguing.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The film is perhaps best thought of as part cultural curiosity, part obscurantist's delight.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A dirty old man's delight.

September 30, 2005
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Shoujyo: An Adolescent seems to be several movies at once: a hard-boiled detective story, a Lolita-style intergenerational romance and a family psychodrama complete with pat Freudian flashbacks.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director and star Eiji Okuda has created almost a gentle story, with definite humanity behind its intent.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Although the movie drags, Okuda (who also directed) makes for a gloriously bad lieutenant, while Ozawa is enjoyably discomfiting in her unblushing carnality.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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To confuse this with a touching May-December romance like Lost in Translation could bring a very early end to date night.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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You could be forgiven for missing the thematic underpinnings amidst the long, fetishized sex scenes.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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