Izumi (Kagurazaka) lives an ordered life with her punctual novelist husband (Tsuda), but loving him isn't enough. While working in a local supermarket, she secretly accepts an invitation to pose as a scantily clad model. But this is actually a front for porn, which she proves rather adept at. Yet even as she begins to explore her sexuality, she maintains her role back home as the young, dutiful wife. Then she meets the hooker Mitsuko (Togashi), who also has a secret life and teaches her the ropes.
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Want to have a good time? Don't watch the trailer, gather a bunch of friends, and sneak some forties into this movie. The trailer spoiled all the best parts for me, but I can certainly imagine how outrageous this movie would've been had I walked into it blindly. The conundrum here is that most people probably would have no interest in watching this movie without seeing the trailer. And if you have seen the trailer, well, I guess the movie is still worth watching, but I'd either try to sneak in through the fire exit or wait for it to come out on DVD.
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Schoolroom bullying, which, if the Japanese cinema is an accurate indicator, is an epidemic in Japan, is at the core of the story. In flashbacks we see that poor Juzo (Shun Oguri) was mercilessly abused by Akai (Hirofumi Arai) and his gang, with the violence culminating in an acid attack on Juzo's face. The teachers were apparently always MIA.
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Newly released from a decade in prison, Tachibana (Ryo Ishibashi) is a new man living by an old code. While the jail time has cleared his mind and bloodstream, his conscience still aches from the memory of his past acts. Meanwhile, the world has changed in his absence. The bosses he so faithfully served time for have forgotten the old ways of the yakuza, abandoning their honor in the pursuit of money. Corruption now pervades the crime family to which he has dedicated his life. Drugs now rule the street.
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