Suîto pûrusaido   2014   Japan Sweet Poolside
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Director:Daigo Matsui
Studio:Shochiku Company
Writer:Shûzô Oshimi, Daigo Matsui
IMDb Rating:6.8 (31 votes)
Duration:103 min
Daigo Matsui  ...  (Director)
Shûzô Oshimi, Daigo Matsui  ...  (Writer)
Yuiko Kariya  ...  
Kenta Suga  ...  
Moe Arai  ...  
Takayuki Kinoshita  ...  
Motoki Ochiai  ...  
Gô Rijû  ...  
Mitsuki Tanimura  ...  
Shôta Totsuka  ...  
Hiroki Shioya  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: When this film leaves the ballpark about halfway through, moving from an innocent coming-of-age flick to a melodramatic breakdown, the texture of the photography changes, remarkably. I thought it was signalling things might get real dark, blood might be drawn, and whatnot. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen. It does reach its denouement of "will you shave me down there", but the (almost Sono-esque) wailing brings it back to its pubescent roots.

All in all a weird Japanese offering that picks a peculiar premise and sticks with it. It looks good and both actors do a swell job. The boy is a little young for acting but works nicely as a foil for Yuiko Kariya's wonderful dance between child and woman, notably in the shaving scenes where her body is still a child's but the closeups of her face and the movement of her lips is uncomfortably sexy--well shot, well performed. Creepy Japanese.

Summary: Toshihiko Ota (Kenta Suga) is a first year high school student. He is a member of the school's swimming club. He also suffers from not having enough body hair.

Meanwhile, Ayako Goto (Yuiko Kariya) is also a fellow first year high school student and member of the same swimming club. She suffers from having too much hair. She confides to Toshihiko Ota about her "hairy" problem. A relationship soon develops as Toshihiko begins to shave her arm and leg hair.

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