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Love & Pop (1998)

Love & Pop (1998)

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Following up on his wildly successful 1997 feature-length anime Neo Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno takes digital camcorder in hand and makes his live-action directorial debut with this day-in-the-life drama about a quartet of enjo kosai (school girls) who make big bucks selling their services to middle-aged perverts with money to burn. Though frequently weird and exotic, their dates rarely request anything close to plain old vanilla sex. One geezer takes the four to sing karaoke. After belting out a few, he reaches into his bag and pulls out a bag of grapes. He asks that each lass bite into the fruit just enough to break the skin. Once that's done, he puts each grape in its own individual baggie and labels it. Other patrons are just as pitiful if less bizarre. The film focuses particularly on Hiromi (Asumi Miwa), who is trying to make enough money to buy a topaz ring and hide her right hand, which she thinks is ugly. Hiromi comes from a normal -- if blithely obtuse -- family and is not your typical portrait of an enjo kosai . Yet she hustles with her more street-smart friends and learns about her newfound profession's dangers and degradations the hard way. This film was based on a book by Ryu Murakami.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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 wide
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Studio:
Kino Video

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This exploration of subsidized dating in Japan is made even more grim by how lighthearted it is on the surface. Just as the name of the movie sounds nice and innocent, so do the characters appear in the beginning, and it is difficult to watch the protagonist get caught in a downward spiral leading all the way to its disturbing but not unexpected conclusion. The cinematography relies on low-budget documentary-style techniques that make the film come across as more raw and realistic, and the acting is so honest that I never once questioned whether these girls could be real people. This kind of realism is daunting, and I felt emotionally invested in the protagonist's highs and lows. It was enough to make me forgive some of the times when the story started to feel a bit incoherent or messy, as well as the occasional slow pacing.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

The description for Love & Pop doesn't do the film justice. It's much more than a simple look at the "assisted dating" trend. You follow Hiromi through hanging with her friends to dealing with her emotional issues. This journey would seem fairly boring, but Hideaki Anno's directing style makes it more interesting than your typical story of a naive teenager. Much of the camerawork is very experimental and the aspect ratio changes thru-out. The ratio used thru most of the film bothered me at first but I grew accustomed to it fairly quickly.

Rick Baxter
Rick Baxter
½

Interesting look at a group of friends trying to earn money by "dating". One girl finds herself in some "sticky" situations!

Meow Fur Ever
Meow Fur Ever

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