Shoujyo: An Adolescent
Shoujyo: An Adolescent (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Decidedly uneven yet intriguing.

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Dana Stevens
New York 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.

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Christopher Null

To confuse this with a touching May-December romance like Lost in Translation could bring a very early end to date night.

Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

The film is perhaps best thought of as part cultural curiosity, part obscurantist's delight.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Director and star Eiji Okuda has created almost a gentle story, with definite humanity behind its intent.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

You could be forgiven for missing the thematic underpinnings amidst the long, fetishized sex scenes.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A dirty old man's delight.

Drew Tillman
Village Voice

Although the movie drags, Okuda (who also directed) makes for a gloriously bad lieutenant, while Ozawa is enjoyably discomfiting in her unblushing carnality.

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