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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Eiji Okuda
as Tomokawa
Mayu Ozawa
as Yoko
Akira Shoji
as Sukemasa

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Rick Baxter
Rick Baxter

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