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by Scott Weinberg

"Bizarre Japanese rock-video/soft-core porn...if you're so inclined."
2 stars

I.K.U. (aka This is Not Love, This is Sex) is precisely the kind of experimental sex video that you’d expect to see showing on a massive wall-screen at some late-night dance-club rave.

There is no real plot to speak of, although I.K.U. is overloaded with concept and colorful invention, and the result is a movie that’s tough to watch like a normal film. It’s more of a visual ‘conversation piece’, but it’s most assuredly for adults only!

Set in a world where sexual experiences and orgasms can be transmitted via computer chip (or something like that), I.K.U. wants to infuse a cyberpunk hyperreality to its narrative, but since the movie has barely any dialogue (and none in English) and no subtitles whatsoever, I’m assuming the actual plot isn’t all that important.

Only two things matter in this bizarre Japanese experiment: the sex and the visual...weirdness. The sex stuff surely isn’t bad, though it may be a bit tame for those interested in hardcore porn. The visual wackiness is interesting for about 15 minutes, but then the “weird factor” overtakes the movie, and what you’re left with is one long rock video...with a lot of Japanese. Certainly not for all tastes, but if this sort of international naughtiness is your cup of tea, you’ll probably appreciate I.K.U..

DVD Info: The movie is presented in a Widescreen aspect ratio, and sound is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo. Special features include a few deleted scenes, a pair of theatrical trailers, a look behind-the-scenes, and a collection of background files on I.K.U.’s characters and concepts.

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5/22/04 jinxiaoheng sexsexsex 4 stars
7/22/03 supermarky way better than koyyanisquatsi (sic) 5 stars
1/21/03 Lori Higa Entertaining Japanese cyberporn w/cheesy computer-generated special effex. 4 stars
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  29-Jul-2000 (NR)



Directed by
  Shu Lea Cheang

Written by
  Shu Lea Cheang

  Miho Ariga
  Yumeko Sasaki
  Ayumilas Tokito
  Maria Yumeno

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