Many Japanese films are studies of erotica, and the term “pinku eiga refers to this genre. However, unlike the brain dead “R rated films that dot late night cable channels like Showtime and HBO, these films are far more than scantily clad actresses mugging their way through mindless sex scenes.
In the case of Tokyo Decadence, we share a young womans loneliness in a world she cant get a handle on. Earning a living as an S&M call girl (giving pain to moguls who crave it, and taking pain from others), she is both innocent at heart and simple of mind.
Shot in rich, artistic hues, this powerful film explores the schism created by her profession and her hopeless search for happiness. Longing for the romance she once had, she submissively glides through a seedy world that, clearly, will lead to her doom.