Shoujyo: An Adolescent (2005)
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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
Sep 9, 2005 Wide
Sep 26, 2006
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The film is perhaps best thought of as part cultural curiosity, part obscurantist's delight.
A dirty old man's delight.
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.
Director and star Eiji Okuda has created almost a gentle story, with definite humanity behind its intent.
Although the movie drags, Okuda (who also directed) makes for a gloriously bad lieutenant, while Ozawa is enjoyably discomfiting in her unblushing carnality.
To confuse this with a touching May-December romance like Lost in Translation could bring a very early end to date night.
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