Dec 29, 2018

Shōnen / Call Boy (Daisuke Miura, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼ 
Featuring some of the boldest, longest, sultriest and most intense erotic scenes in the history of the Japanese mainstream cinema (though their exploitative properties erect a big question mark), Call Boy takes sex and orgasm not for granted, and employs an apt amalgamation of classy, noirish visuals (a commendable feature debut for the cinematographer Jam Eh I) and equally alluring, top-tier jazzy score (composed by Yoshihiro Hanno) to tell a Freudian cumming-of-belated-age story that also works as a heated 'feminist by way of male gaze' meditation on intimacy and female desires (which could often be mistaken for bizarre fetishes), with an approach that's simultaneously serious and laced with bits of tongue in cheek (not to mention other places) humor.

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