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Tokyo Decadence from blueLight

blueLight have announced the Region 2 DVD release of Ryu Murakami's Tokyo Decadence for release on 21st October 2002. The Press Release explains some more on this controversial film that has now been passed fully uncut with an 18 Certificate...




Widely regarded as a masterpiece of Japanese erotic cinema, writer/director Ryu Murakami's Tokyo Decadence gets its premiere release on video and DVD in the UK next month. Seen previously only at selected Festivals and a brief outing at London's ICA, Japanese writer and provocateur Ryu Murakami's 1992 study of a lonely student turned S&M prostitute is seen here for the first time in its full uncut version, now granted an 18 certificate by the BBFC. A blueLight release, available 21st October 2002.

Director Murakami has become one of Japan's most controversial and challenging writers and film-makers. He stirred opinion to extremes in 1999 when his most recent novel Odishon was filmed by director Takashi Miike (released under the English title of Audition).

Tokyo Decadence is Murakami's own adaptation of an earlier novel, Topaz. It is a troubling and uncompromising voyage to the wider shores of erotic obsession, a no-holds barred exploration of sexual desire, corruption and damnation.

Ai (Miho Nikaido) is a lonely, fragile college student who specialises in bondage and sadomasochism, endlessly searching for love which will always evade her. A brutalised, uncomprehending spirit adrift in the dehumanising hell of modern day Tokyo, Ai endures a succession of increasingly perverse encounters with ever-more depraved clients, all of whom seem to be upright, respectable and successful members of Japanese society, but who reveal themselves to be driven by a sexual desire to humiliate or be humiliated. Mutely offering herself up body and soul to violence and degradation in a doomed quest for salvation and belonging, Ai instead appears irretrievably destined for madness and death.

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