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Tokyo Decameron
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by Scott Weinberg

"Not sexy, not entertaining...and poorly subtitled, too."
1 stars

Best described as an ungainly Japanese version of Red Shoe Diaries, Tokyo Decameron is tiresome, poorly acted and not very sexy at all. Focusing mainly on the more oppressively dominating style of kink that the Japanese softcore crowd seems to enjoy, Tokyo Decameron is, unfortunately, 8 parts talk to 2 parts sex…and the sexy parts really aren’t all that hot.

”Two Women Named Mariko” offers a stunningly nasty female military officer who takes to humiliating her lovely assistant before hitting the sheets with four of her male soldiers. When the mild-mannered assistant shoots for a little action of her own, the unpleasant dominatrix steps in with some swift punishment.

”Lesbian Dream” is about, well, lesbians. Four of them to be precise, all of whom are enjoying an unsavory summer vacation while systematically torturing yet another “meek girl”. When a dead (male) body pops up in their garage, the antagonistic quartet strive to discover the killer…while continuing to sexually humiliate their most docile lady friend.

”The Man in the Pillory” offers a serial rapist in a noose and his unhappy captor – the sister of his most recent victim. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to learn that this story ALSO involves drabs of S&M bondage and sex of the humiliating style.

Whenever you’re watching a production from another country, it’s possible that you may be ‘missing the boat’ entirely but in this case I highly doubt it. Call it culture shock or call it my own impatience with poorly conceived softcore grind flicks but Tokyo Decameron...

...offers very little in the way of entertainment, movie-wise, sex-wise, or otherwise.

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USA
  02-Feb-1996 (NR)

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Directed by
  Koichi Kobayashi

Written by
  Akio Jissouji

Cast
  Kei Mizutani
  Hitomi Shiraishi
  Hitoe Otake
  Eisaku Shindo
  Minori Terada



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