Shoujyo: An Adolescent
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Noted character actor Eiji Okuda makes his directorial debut with this Lolita-esque romantic drama adapted from a book by Mikihiko Renjyo. Tomokawa (Okuda) is a tough guy turned bored cop who spends much of his time sating lonely housewives and looking after retarded teen Sukemasa. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached by a 15-year-old enjo kosai named Yoko, offering a round of illicit sex in exchange for cash. Though he demurs, their paths cross again and soon a relationship of sorts forms. Yoko, it turns out, is Sukemasa's sister; and both are the children of his old flame… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Decidedly uneven yet intriguing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Shoujyo: An Adolescent seems to be several movies at once: a hard-boiled detective story, a Lolita-style intergenerational romance and a family psychodrama complete with pat Freudian flashbacks."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"To confuse this with a touching May-December romance like Lost in Translation could bring a very early end to date night."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The film is perhaps best thought of as part cultural curiosity, part obscurantist's delight."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"Director and star Eiji Okuda has created almost a gentle story, with definite humanity behind its intent."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"You could be forgiven for missing the thematic underpinnings amidst the long, fetishized sex scenes."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A dirty old man's delight."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Although the movie drags, Okuda (who also directed) makes for a gloriously bad lieutenant, while Ozawa is enjoyably discomfiting in her unblushing carnality."
‑ Drew Tillman, Village Voice
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