Japanese title: EROTIKKUNA KANKEI [Erotic Liaisons]
director: Koji Wakamatsu
starring: Beat Takeshi Kitano · Rie Miyazawa · Yuya Uchida · Jennifer
Galin · Kei Satô
and Rie are a young couple trying to survive in Paris as private detectives.
They find themselves is serious trouble when a gangster hires them to
shadow his girlfriend Loraine to see if she's cheating on him. They
do. And she is. In fact, this young woman has a virtual parade of lovers.
And before long, she's sharing a bed with Kishin too. Loraine tries
to convince him to help her kill boyfriend Okuyama, their client. Meanwhile,
Rie discovers a link between the gangster and a multi-million dollar
heist involving members of an affluent S&M club in Paris.
This is a near perfect film from Japan's revolutionary director Koji
Wakamatsu, responsible for at least 110 films between 1963-2012. Internationally,
he is best known for VIOLATED
WITHOUT WATER and WHEN
THE EMBRYO GOES POACHING. His later films concentrated on left-wing
resistance politics, the oppression of the Palestinian nation and the
Japanese underground. Due to those projects, Wakamatsu was blacklisted
by the United States, which imposed a travel ban on him. In 2012, Koji
Wakamatsu was killed in a car accident as he returned from the Tokyo-based
TEPCO company, after a heated meeting over the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Mr Wakamatsu was 76.
cast here is perfect, headlined by Beat Takeshi Kitano in the charming
yet sardonic role of gangster Okuyama. A decade earlier, costar Yuya
Uchida moved from a lucrative career in music to acting with the controversial
ON THE 10th FLOOR. This was the debut film for TV star Rie Miyazawa.
After a highly publicized romance with a sumo wrestler ended in disaster,
her career sputtered to a stop. But she nicely bounced back and - after
such successful movies as TWILIGHT
SAMURAI and ASHURA
- she is still acting today.