Lala Pipo: A Lot of People (DVD)

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Screenplay by Tetsuya Nakashima (director of CONFESSIOSN and MEMORIES OF MATSUKO) and shot in his candy-colored, hyper-surreal style

Based on a 2005 collection of short stories by Okuda Hideo, ‘Lala Pipo’ is a crawl through the gutters of the porn industry in a desperate search for the hidden humanity of all the pimps, players, voyeurs, gangsters, hookers, A/V stars, and gangbang queens who make up the motley population of planet porno.

These folks, from a smarmy AV industry scouts to a socially phobic freelance writer, may look and behave like cartoonised caricutures, but all represent real types in Tokyo's skewed urban landscape.

Interweaving stories of the lost, the desperate, the horny and the repressed, ‘Lala Pipo’ (a wordplay on “A lot of people,”) ultimately finds hope in the darkest (stickiest!) places.

Director: Masayuki Miyano

Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Tomoko Murakami, Yuri Nakamura

Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)

Genre: Adult Comedy

Year: 2009

Certification: 18

Runtime: 120 minutes