The Homeless AV Star
with English Subtitles
"She drinks cooking oil..."
"She eats grass..."
We're working with more and more Japanese AV production companies and out of all of them, I enjoy checking RADIX's homepage the most at the beginning of the month. Now, it's not an issue of one studio producing better quality titles than another (OK, sometimes it is!), but rather, how much variety RADIX puts into its releases. Outside of some general themes, you really don't know what they're going to push out each month whereas with other studios, the overall themes are pretty much a given.
About a year or two ago, on top of producing their 'standard fare' smorgasbord of maniac JAV, they released something that they should've saved for a fall release in order to make it an AV OPEN contender: THE HOMELESS AV STAR.
This title is done as a documentary with elements of a dark and dry comedy. At the time of shooting was YUUKO really homeless? Probably not, but like many adult videos that push realism, there's a good chance there were portions of the story she gave that actually were factual. Not everyone comes from healthy homes and it's more than possible she was one of the sad few who decided to run away from a troubled domestic situation.
YUUKO is really, really cute. The box cover doesn't lie! She looks great in the title...and in person!
Yes, I actually was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with her while RADIX was promoting this release. After a fan meet-and-greet ended, I paid them a visit and YUUKO, her agency handler, my RADIX contact, and myself went out for some sushi in Akihabara. The sushi was OK, but the conversation was great.
Unfortunately though, I still did not see the movie so I wasn't sure just how much I could ask about her 'actually' being homeless. I mean living on the streets (or by the river in her situation) is a really sensitive situation. How do you even approach talking about it? On one hand, she turned it into a JAV release, but still...being homeless is a serious problem.
THE HOMELESS AV STAR is directed by KIKURIN (the tan gentleman who wielded and had sex with YUUKO in the first scene), a director I grow more fond of every time I encounter more of his work. We've shown titles by him at least twice so far: TEASING THE UGLY (this one was a bit too hard for western billing and we had to take it down, sorry!) and AV ACTOR AUDITION. Just like HOMELESS, they both have a lot of dry and dark humor.
This is a very unique title both in theme and execution. There's really only 2 or 3 scenes depending on how you count in spite of it running a standard two hours: the outside encounter by the river and YUUKO's time at the love hotel where she finally gets to eat real food, gets to bathe, gets new clothes and is treated like a princess before having sex with two men at the same time. In other words, a Tuesday for a popular AV star like [Redacted].
I'm not sure how this title will fare popularity-wise. There's so many unique things going for it, but the pacing may put off some viewers. It also is another example of why RADIX seriously needs to put some money into upgrading their cameras. I've mentioned this before, but I pray--PRAY--that they ditch those small SD-only cameras sometime before the next Olympics. The picture quality was fine for the outdoor scene, but the love hotel appeared a bit on the dark side.
When THE HOMELESS AV STAR was released, RADIX was pushing YUUKO hard as an exclusive contract model. In other words, she would only be doing movies for RADIX and nobody else. Sadly, this didn't seem to pan out and as far as I know, this is the only AV title she ever appeared in. I really hope she returns. It may be personal preference above anything else, but YUUKO's insanely cute and a definite natural beauty.
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