Shoujyo: An Adolescent (2005)

Shoujyo: An Adolescent



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Izuru Narushima, Katsuhiko Manabe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Indican Pictures - Official Site


as Tomokawa

as Yoko

as Sukemasa
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Critic Reviews for Shoujyo: An Adolescent

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

Decidedly uneven yet intriguing.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film is perhaps best thought of as part cultural curiosity, part obscurantist's delight.

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

September 30, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2005
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2005
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Shoujyo: An Adolescent


Pretty much a Japanese take on the story, Lolita, with a few extra twists. It did a fine job in telling the story it wanted to. Nothing spectacular tho.

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