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BLIND LOVE

Japanese Pink Film by Daisuke Goto

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3 ½ Stars: a Japanese "PINK" Film That Portrays Loneliness, Insecurities and Love...

  • Dec 29, 2009
Rating:
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I have often said that Japanese “pink” films have a more intricate storyline and even has a moral message than your regular exploitive soft core seen on cable television. Director/writer Daisuke Goto’s “Blind Love” (2005) is his follow up to his sleeper hit “A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn” and follows the formula of other pink erotic dramas. The film has themes of loneliness, insecurities and love that is captured through its portrayal of lust and desire. The film is an Official selection in the 2009 New York Asian film festival.
 
Daisuke (played by Shota Kotaki, Patlabor 2) is a struggling ventriloquist whose career may be on its last legs. Aside from his career issues, Daisuke has a very opportunistic and greedy ex-wife and has several personal insecurities. One day, a blind woman named Hikari (Konatsu) becomes infatuated with his act and falls in love with his voice. However, she mistakes him for his taller assistant Yoichi (Yota Kawase) when he meets him in his dressing room. For reasons unknown, Daisuke lets the mistake play out as it leads to a quirky, bizarre relationship based on mistaken identity and sexual awakening.
 
The themes in “Blind Love” are easy to spot. When we meet Daisuke, we see him having sex with his ex-wife who he actually has to pay after their divorce. He kind of represents that meek, gentle insecure man whom a woman would have to get to know before they grow fond of him. The direction brings the audience into his character with the opening scenes so that it would be better to understand and have sympathy for him. Hikari is one woman who tries to be confident; yet she is also insecure in a way because of her handicap. The bad guy in the film is Yoichi, Daisuke’s promiscuous assistant; who takes advantage of almost any situation. I guess Daisuke Goto is making a subtle commentary on becoming confident, that pretending to be someone else often leads to disaster and that it is always a great idea to be ‘yourself’.
 
We also catch a glimpse on Japan’s sex industry as we see several scenes of weird role-playing enacted by Hikari’s friend, Luna. I always get puzzled as to how the Japanese can execute their fetishes and fantasies in their filmmaking. The film has a lot of graphic sequences of sex and nudity but none of them were offensive. Goto shoots the scenes quite carefully and manages to capture the emotions during the lovemaking. You see Yoichi becoming more and more stupid and arrogant as he seems to have sex with most of the women in the film. The women in the film are very different from one another, and each have their own sense of individuality; each actress had their share of graphic sex scenes and they all get to show their nice attributes. Director Goto also touches upon the dependence of each gender upon the other; for happiness, security and perhaps even financially. (Yoichi uses a woman to advance himself).
 
The film takes on a more serious tone than I expected, but Goto remembers to pitch in some nice bits of black comedy in the film. I couldn’t help smiling when Yoichi and Daisuke was trying to act as if they were the same person, I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw just how outrageous their ideas can be. However, the film does require a large suspension of disbelief as I am sure that a blind woman with heightened sense would be able to tell that something was amiss in the lovemaking. The film’s plot is quite simple but it does manage to pull off a few surprises in its 65 minute runtime. The film is well-acted; Konatsu became a very convincing handicapped woman that I found it easy to have sympathy for her. Shota Kotaki is a veteran actor so he had no problems with this type of role. I felt a little repulsed as to how Daisuke treated Hikari in the start but later on, I began to understand. Though his actions weren’t justified, it sure was understandable.
 
“Blind Love” may not be as shocking nor as clever as “Sachiko Hanai” or even “Flower and Snake” but its strength is also its simplicity in the way it portrayed loneliness and insecurities. It felt quite believable and the premise is easy to connect with. The film is about taking chances, and being yourself; that the journey is better when you grab opportunities and get hurt than someone who hides from opportunities for fear of getting hurt emotionally. “Blind Love” manages to make its characters feel very human and flawed; I guess this is why I liked the film. The Japanese always have a way with portraying sadness around sex.
 
Recommended! To fans of Japanese cinema [3 ½ Stars]

       

Special Thanks To PinkEiga Productions for Sending me this movie for a Review.
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January 08, 2010
I'm fine with lust & desire (not horror), LOL... Oh, ex wife are always portrayed as greedy & opportunistic, aren't they? ;-)
January 08, 2010
I know. Why is that? Kinda reminds me of my ex-wife. LOL!
 
January 01, 2010
I need to see this one cause the last Pink film I'd seen and wrote about still scares me. Great Review Woo-Woo your descriptions and comparisons are vivid and helpful
January 03, 2010
I think I know which pink film scared you...was it Sachiko Hanai? I do review some Japanese pink here from time to time. If you thought Sachiko was scary, try "Star of David". Pink Horror!
 
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