Brutal Hopelessness of Love (2007)

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AKA: Hito Ga Hito O Ai Suru Koto No Doshiyo Mo Nasa
Directed by: Takashi Ishii
Starring: Mai Kitajima (Nami), Kanji Tsuda (Okano), Toshiyuki Nagashima (Yosuke)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs); Effed Up Japanese Films
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Genres: Gruesome, BDSM-Roleplay, Infidelity, Sexual-Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, Torture, Prostitution

Plot – Spoilers:
A popsinger-turned-actress, Nami’s career is on the uptrend. But not so much her marriage to a fellow actor. Her latest movie under production follows a storyline similar to hers. In it, her character Kyoko is also married to an actor who’s bored of her and cheating with a younger actress. We watch this movie-within-a-movie as Nami narrates its plot to a journalist. Things can get a bit too immersive at times, because there are other movies within this movie-within-a-movie, also featuring Nami and her irl actor husband.

And maybe there’s another layer to all of this. In the original sub-movie, Kyoko is lonely in her broken marriage and decides to deal with it by whoring herself to random strangers, who sometimes recognize her but are often kinky.

Early on, The Brutal Hopelessness of Love can plod along with what seems like too much verbalizing, but it picks up and is another little, perhaps unknown, gem from Takashi Ishii.

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Cole
Cole
May 17, 2024 9:12 am

Asian cinema sucks. It’s so corny.

zzzczzz
zzzczzz
May 13, 2024 11:38 pm

woman moment

fred fat
fred fat
May 12, 2024 6:50 pm

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Lazy Admin
Lazy Admin
May 11, 2024 3:42 am

Hey Admin you lazy fucker. When is the next movie huh?

Cronenberg
Cronenberg
May 7, 2024 6:06 pm

I don’t know what I think about the movie really. But one thing is certain and that is that Mai Kitajima is absolutely the most beautiful and sexiest Japanese woman I have seen.
That body!!!

DOOMSDAY WARNING
DOOMSDAY WARNING
May 7, 2024 1:21 pm

Diddler fiddler diddler dee im a pedo doo doo dee. Yeeeeee.

fred fat
fred fat
May 5, 2024 7:30 pm

This is a messy mind trip of a film about an actress being interviewed on the set of her new film. As she speaks the film world mixes with her life and mixes with her fantasies into a dark brutal look at love life and sex (especially sex).

Good looking film that makes everything look fetishistic. Sequences are quite steamy and they are often violent and more than tinged with S&M action. The problem is that the plot is wafer thin. It often annoys more than it enlightens with its odd attempts at raising the question of what is “real” never getting off the ground far enough to fall flat. (Probably I should just say Plot? what plot?)Then again I’m sure plot isn’t the point with the sex taking center and every other stage. While I could enjoy the images on an artistic level, I was left wondering why they bothered being softcore since the film was so close to an adult film that they should have just removed any pretension and just went for what they really seemed to be aiming for.

Ten minutes in I was bored and by twenty minutes I began to do other things before reaching for the remote and scanning to the end, which left me dumb founded and saying “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Recommended only if you want to see the violent sexy images, all others need not apply.

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
May 5, 2024 3:38 pm

Softcore Japanese porn with a bullshit story line. They even blur out the beaver shots. 1 star.