Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida, Kirari
Director: Hideaki Anno
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
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The first live action film by Anno Hideaki, god of anime
Erik Ketzan | Orbis Tertius | 07/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Love and Pop (1998) is the first live action film by the anime genius Hideaki Anno. Anno is best known as the director and writer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded by many as the greatest and most ambitious anime series of all time. After Evangelion, Anno directed Kare Kano and some short anime series, but decided to leave the world of anime to explore live action filmmaking.Love and Pop was shot on a minimal budget using a video camera, but Anno uses this limitation as a source of inspiration, experimenting constantly with camera angles that would be impossible with large, unwieldy film cameras. Anno's camera goes under tables, inside sweaters, inside cups, on toy trains, under, over, and around the characters. it's actually a bit dizzying, at times. film buffs will love the technique, but other viewers may find it annoying or tiresome.the film tells the story of teenage japanese girls who engage in "enjo kosai," or compensated dating. apparently, this is a phenomenom in japan where older businessmen pay teen girls to simply hang out with them for a while, and sometimes it involves prostitution. the story is based on a novel by Ryu Murakami called Topaz II. The first Topaz book was made into the film Tokyo Decadence by Murakami himself. The Topaz books portray two aspects of Japan's sexual underbelly, so whereas Tokyo Decadence is all skyscrapers and wealth, Love & Pop is more street-level. Is Love & Pop great? It is definitely worth seeing. The cover of this American DVD release reads, "Schoolgirls by day... Call girls by night..." but this is misleading and inappropriate, since this is a serious film, not some smut!It is worth noting that Love and Pop inspired one of Japan's best filmmakers, Shunji Iwai, to experiment with digital video himself in All About Lily Chou-Chou."
Mr. F*Ball likes you.
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 07/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased _Love & Pop_ Not because it was directed by Anno Hideaki, Neon Genesis Evangelion, but because it is based on a novel written by one of my favorite Japanese novelists Murakami Ryu, _Almost Transparent Blue_ and _Coin Locker Babies_. I had no expectations for the film, but I went in hoping that it would be an enjoyable experience. It was. Definately not one of the greatest films that I have seen, but it was decent and entertaining.The movie stars 11th grader Hiromi Yoshii, Asumi Miwa, who is a thin, kind of tall pretty girl with short hair. She gets along with her father, who loves his model trains, and her mother, who loves her swimming, and her older sister. She lives in a nice home and has a good group of friends: Chisa, who want to be a dancer; Nao, a computer and manga nerd; and Chieko, who is the most developed physically of the three girls. However, there seems to be one thing missing from Hiromi's life, and that is a sufficient cash flow. Hiromi and her friends first make money by accepting offers of older men who invite them out to eat. these men are relatively harmless, they just want to talk and keep company with pretty girls. It is still disturbing though men in their 30s 40s or 50s paying 15 or 16 year old girls to keep them company, Hiromi makes a little money doing this, but it is not until she desires to purchase a topaz ring that she takes the next step.Hiromi and her friends eventually join a "compensated dating" service which links men to teenaged girls in order to make more money. These services are also used by males and females of the same age trying to find dates. The people Hiromi meet are very creepy. A construction worker who has not had a conversation with a female in 5 years asks Hiromi to accompany him to the market and a video store in order to show people that he does have a girlfriend. In the store he forces Hiromi to do something purely nasty. The next man she meets, played by Asano Tadanobu, is truly frightening.This is a decent film shot on a shoe string budget. There are quite a few camera angles that would have been impossible with a bigger camera, but it also gives the film a home video look. Some of the views are just plain odd. Under the sweater, Hiromi washing her face, etc. The cameras also come dangerously close to looking up the young girls' skirts quite often, which I find a bit discomforting. Not because I am a prude, but because of the age of the girls. Of course, being what this film portrays, maybe I am being a bit stuffy.A decent film that shows that the Japanese sex industry begins with people at a very young age."
Talk about deceptive packaging...
J. P. DuQuette | Shizuoka, Japan | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""School girls by day...call girls by night." Er, okay, as long as you ignore the fact that the characters aren't really call girls, none of the action revolves around school and the movie takes place almost entirely during the day. More like an "Afterschool Special" directed by a mad genius (Anno) from a story by another mad genius (Murakami). Alhough sometimes a tad preachy, the final shot of the girls walking through the open sewer at the end, their legs ever so slowly becoming submerged in the muck (accompanied by an inane J-pop ending theme) is pretty unforgettable. Worth watching for fans of subversive cinema."
Perfect antidote to "The Last Samurai"
Amazedbylife | USA | 04/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As real as "The Last Samurai" was false. Better than any documentary in showing how far modern Japan has fallen from the mythological high point of bushido. A hard honest look, from the viewpoint of alienated Japanese schoolgirls, at a society without any real reason for existing besides accumulation. I love Japan, and I'm sorry to see it going down the tubes (though, quite honestly, when I'm in Japan, everything seems fine -- but then, the people I associate with aren't teenaged schoolgirls). Perhaps enough honest self-criticism of the kind embodied by this film will turn things around before it's too late. Children are the future. If children don't see one, then there isn't much hope. "Bounce Ko Gals," a very similar film with a much bigger budget, is also worth seeing, but more "Hollywood" than this one. I'm soap-boxing, but the film doesn't. Very entertaining despite its (hidden) moral, and the guerilla film-making technique adds to the sense of veracity."