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Shoujyo: An Adolescent (2005)

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 sorts forms. Yoko, it turns out, is Sukemasa's sister; and both are the children of his old flame Yukie (Marie Natsuki), a grasping, self-centered woman. Moreover, Yoko's grandfather is responsible for the massive tattoo sprawling across Tomokawa's back. Tomokawa soon takes both teens under his wing, protecting them from their heartless mother, and their lecherous stepfather. Soon, Yoko gets a similarly massive tattoo illustrating her bond with her policeman savior.

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Critic Reviews for Shoujyo: An Adolescent

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Decidedly uneven yet intriguing.

November 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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…
L.A. Weekly
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A dirty old man's delight.

September 30, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
New York Post
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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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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…
Village Voice
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