Shoujyo

"Good"

Shoujyo Review


Shoujyo hits new heights of confusion and questionable comprehensibility, but it's a curious and frequently enjoyable ride into oblivion. See if you can figure this out.

Tomokawa (Eiji Okuda, who directs himself here) is a rather ineffective Japanese policeman who'd rather be wooing housewives than stopping criminals. Eventually he attempts to bust up a teenage prostitution ring, only to be seduced by Yoko (Mayu Ozawa), a 14-year-old girl who happily sleeps with him for free. Soon it is revealed that Yoko is the sister of Sukemasa (Akira Shoji), a mentally disabled boy who Tomokawa cares for and who is the son of an old girlfriend. Presumably Yoko is not related to Tomokawa, but who knows. This culminates with Tomokawa trying to care for both kids while still getting busy with the young girl (which, when Sukemasa catches them) has disastrous consequences.

Somewhere in all of this we learn that Yoko's grandfather is a tattoo artist and has painted an elaborate design on Tomokawa's back. The film culminates with Yoko getting a complementary design of her own.

Is this a love story? A family drama? A cop tale? It's all and none of these, and Okuda, in his directorial debut, is decidedly unsure behind the camera. The movie meanders all over the place to the point where we frequently get lost, bored, or both. While this does effectively put is in the mindset of the oblivious Tomokawa, who frequently runs around with sex toys in his pocket and bumblingly spills them out ("That's important evidence!"), but that's hardly a way to capture the audience's attention.

Eschewing the bright lights of Tokyo for a smaller town, Shoujyo reminds us that all of Japan is not glitter and glamour, and that mundane tales like this play out every day. But then again, do they all involve 55-year-old men sleeping with a teenager and getting enormous tattoos? To confuse this with a touching May-December romance like Lost in Translation could bring a very early end to date night.

Aka Shôjo , An Adolescent.



Facts and Figures

Production compaines: Zero Fiction Film

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Eiji Okuda

Producer: Eiji Okuda, Ben Yamamoto

Starring: Mayu Ozawa as Yoko, Mari Natsuki as Yukie, Eiji Okuda as Tomokawa, Eiji Okuda as Tomokawa, Akira Shoji as Sukemasa, Hideo Murota as Shozo, Hideo Higashikokubaru as Sonomanma Higashi

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller,...

It Comes At Night Movie Review

It Comes At Night Movie Review

This sharply original horror film not only approaches its premise from an unexpected angle, but...

Okja Movie Review

Okja Movie Review

As Tilda Swinton reteams with her Snowpiercer director, Korea's Bong Joon Ho, it's perhaps unsurprising...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion,...

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Actually the fourth film in the series (don't forget the prequel Minions), this animated super-villain...

Advertisement
Baby Driver Movie Review

Baby Driver Movie Review

Wildly energetic and so cool it hurts, this action movie has been put together in...

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

There's a clear sense that this Tupac Shakur biopic is hoping to build on the...

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.