Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)
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Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)
Ripped straight from the headlines of 1990s Japan, this film directed by Masato Harada explores the ticklish issue of enjo kosai -- a much-hyped phenomenon in which Tokyo schoolgirls (kogyaru) go on paid dates with lecherous middle-aged men. Set in the ultra-fashionable neighborhood of Shibuya, this film details a day in the lives of such freewheeling young women. Bounce Ko Gals opens with Raku (Yasue Sato) accompanying her round-faced friend Maru (Shin Yazawa) to an after-school abortion. After that minor medical inconvenience, Maru meets up with a prospective john -- a suavely dressed cat… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Manages the difficult feat of being simultaneously sordid and tedious at the same time."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Foreign film buffs who enjoyed Lost in Translation may find it worthwhile to revisit Japan with a native guide."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"[E]xpressive and often funny, but never deep or poetic."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"It's a down and dirty look at the world of the ko gals, but it has class."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Harada fashions a socially mimetic picture of seedy street-hustler life a la My Own Private Idaho and Olivier Assayas' Cold Water."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"Bounce Ko Gals feels fabricated, studio-bound and claustrophobic, which doesn't add to the ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity this genre has always depended on."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"a drama that focuses on the seedy world of Japanese schoolgirl prostitution - wins points for trying to tackle a hard subject, albeit with velvet gloves."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Despite the lurid material, director Masato Harada's intelligent drama takes a refreshingly non-exploitative look at Japan's real-life sex industry and its relationship to an increasingly youth-oriented consumer culture."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's nothing fresh uncovered."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie frames a critique of socially permissible pedophilia as indelible as Harada's eavesdropping mise-en-scène."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Three Japanese teens bounce from scenes of seedy underworld horror (and kink) to school-girl giggles. These final giggles that will hold you spell-bound."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"Depressing, even with the uplifting finale."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"A straightforward story -- but nothing admirable here, no good people, no point."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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