Topâzu Film Details
Overview: A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She’s unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has ma
Tagline: Erotic sex or dangerous fantasy?
Review: The story of Ai, a beautiful and delicate young woman who is looking for something real, or someone to rescue her from a world of dark sexuality and drugs. At the age of 22, Ai comes to the conclusion that she is completely devoid of any real talent or skill. Even though she is a quiet and shy person, she finds herself working in the sometimes brutal Tokyo sex industry, as an ‘escort’ for rich and decadent clients. She rarely speaks, but her facial expressions show the terror and revulsion, and lack of understanding of the bizarre things that are asked of her. ‘Tokyo Decadence’ is filmed in a lush and colorful style, utilizing garish colors and costumes to emphasize the bizarre and sordid world that this girl is living in. Somehow, despite being exposed to every conceivable perversion, Ai retains a kind of childlike innocence that is ultimately heartbreaking to behold. For she does eventually break under the strain, and it is what makes this film so much more than erotica. I watched this film, (the 112 minute version) recently, after not seeing it for many years. I did not remember that drug use played such a big part in the story. Cocaine, crack, heroin, Ecstasy. Many people here seem to be lost somehow, escorts and clients as well, in the steel-like metropolis of Tokyo. Ai’s world is so artificial, and very intimidating; everyone around her seems to have so much money and power, and such an understanding and acceptance of any sexual practice. The film is dark and explicit from the first frame, but takes a decidedly darker turn with the introduction of a jaded and fascinating young dominatrix named ‘Mistress Saki’. Following a bizarre session with a man into being humiliated, Saki invites Ai to her lavish apartment, where she repeatedly shoots heroin and shares freebase cocaine with the bewildered Ai. At first this woman seems happy and comfortable with her wealth and profession, but when you see her dissolve into a maniacal junkie, (she shoots up 3 or 4 times in the space of an evening), it is quite tragic. She speaks of finding another world, and a better life. She advises her protégé to seek out the man that she still loves, who stopped seeing her without warning. Ai does this, but makes the mortal mistake of taking a hit of Ecstasy before going to him. By the time she gets to his house, she has dissolved into a stumbling wreck, and her hopes of reuniting with her man are lost forever. ‘Tokyo Decadence’ is a film of great beauty and power. The sex is explicit but is never sexually stimulating, only because every encounter is mingled with so much pain. If you can relate to this lost girl, than the film will have an impact stronger than you might expect.
Language: Japanese, English
Duration: 112 min
Also known as: Tokio Decadence,Tokyo Decadence,Tokio em Decadência,Токийский декаданс,Topâzu,Sex Dreams of Topaz,Esclavas,Topaz,Tokyo décadence,Tokio Dekadenz,トパーズ