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Love's Whirlpool (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ikematsu Sosuke (Actor) | Kaida Shogo (Actor) | Kadowaki Mugi (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor)
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When night falls on Tokyo's Roppongi District, a group of strangers gather in a secret location and fulfill their deepest sexual desires without emotional attachment. That is the provocative concept behind Love's Whirlpool, the erotic drama from Miura Daisuke (Boys on the Run). Adapting his own award-winning stage play, Miura creates a sexy, captivating and often outrageous drama that questions whether sex without love is truly possible. Pushing the boundaries of censorship with its explicit sex scenes, Love's Whirlpool is a divisive film that will make audiences reconsider their moral boundaries.
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Product Title: Love's Whirlpool (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 愛的放題 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 爱的放题 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 愛の渦 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Love's Whirlpool (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 爱的放题
Artist Name(s): Ikematsu Sosuke (Actor) | Kaida Shogo (Actor) | Kadowaki Mugi (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Mitsuya Yoko (Actor) | Eriko Nakamura (Actor) | Emoto Tokio (Actor) | Takito Kenichi (Actor) | Komakine Ryusuke (Actor) | Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) 池松壯亮 (Actor) | 海田庄吾 (Actor) | 門脇麥 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 三津谷葉子 (Actor) | 中村映里子 (Actor) | 柄本時生 (Actor) | Takito Kenichi (Actor) | 駒木根隆介 (Actor) | 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) 池松壮亮 (Actor) | 海田庄吾 (Actor) | 门脇麦 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 叁津谷叶子 (Actor) | 中村映里子 (Actor) | 柄本时生 (Actor) | Takito Kenichi (Actor) | 驹木根隆介 (Actor) | 洼冢洋介 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) 池松壮亮 (Actor) | 海田庄吾 (Actor) | 門脇麦 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) | 三津谷葉子 (Actor) | 中村映里子 (Actor) | 柄本時生 (Actor) | 滝藤賢一 (Actor) | 駒木根隆介 (Actor) | 赤澤セリ (Actor) | 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) Ikematsu Sosuke (Actor) | Kaida Shogo (Actor) | Kadowaki Mugi (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) | Mitsuya Yoko (Actor) | Eriko Nakamura (Actor) | Emoto Tokio (Actor) | Takito Kenichi (Actor) | Komakine Ryusuke (Actor) | Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor)
Director: Miura Daisuke 三浦大輔 叁浦大辅 三浦大輔 Miura Daisuke
Release Date: 2014-12-05
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037667462

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In a fancy split-level condo in Tokyo's Roppongi nightlife district, four women and four men gather from midnight to 5am. They've all paid to be there (men more than women), and they have only one thing in common--they seek anonymous sex. Using no names, they're known only by their types: freeter (temp or part-time worker), mild- mannered salaryman, duplicitous OL (office lady), self- conscious working class factory worker, perfectionist teacher, veteran pervert, shy NEET ("not in education, employment or training") and bashful college student. Together, they unravel their identities in a night of increasing debauchery. Daisuke Miura's adaptation of his critically acclaimed 2005 play of the same name explores Japan's fuzoku (sex industry) with depth, humor and freewheeling indecency. This surprising, erotic and disturbing film features breakout performances by Sosuke Ikematsu and Mugi Kadowaki, who are tempted to mix love with sex.
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November 28, 2014

The divide between love and sex
Love's Whirlpool comes with eye-catching concept: One night in a private club where strangers meet and have casual sex with no strings attached. Based on a stage play, Miura Daisuke's erotic drama is not exploitation softcore porn. Instead, it's a simple but intriguing look at people's ability (or inability) to draw a clear line between love and sex.

95% of the film is set inside the club – a multi-level apartment hidden in the narrow residential streets of Roppongi District. The rules are simple: Four men and four women can have sex freely in the club from midnight to 5 am. They're free to swap partners, as long as the other person consents. Most importantly, the participants are not allowed to contact each other after the evening is over.

The participants come from a wide range of backgrounds: a schoolteacher, a salaryman, an aggressive freeter (low-paid twenty-something who moves from one temp job to another), a shy NEET, an introverted university student, the overweight virgin and the experienced regular. Adapting his own play, Miura takes his time to set up the character dynamics through the group's awkward first meeting before delving into the "action." The 30-minute section is an interesting showcase of group communication, from the silent beginning to establishing the alpha male who would be the equivalent of the first boy to cross the dance floor to ask a girl to dance at the high school prom.

The emotional core of the story lies in Ikematsu Sosuke's NEET ("Not in Education, Employment or Training) and Kadowaki Mugi's introverted University Student. So desperate for sexual gratification that he spends his last 20,000 yen on the sex club, the NEET eventually develops feelings for the University Student, who transforms into a completely different person in bed. However, when the basic concept of the activity is to have sex with as many partners as possible in one night, the club may not be the best place to find true love, or in the case of a couple who joins the proceedings in the middle, it may also be the worst place to test it.

As one can expect, the sex in Love's Whirlpool is less important than the consequences of the act itself. Except for an extended spinning overhead shot on the beds (one can imagine that was not in the stage play), Miura never shows more than what he needs to show. Even though the film's promotional tagline promises that the actors are only fully clothed for 20 minutes of the film, they are actually wearing their towels for most of the remaining 100 minutes as they make small talk and talk behind each other's backs about the others' performances.

Miura's central theme isn't particularly enlightening, as the boundary of love and sex has been discussed in the arts for decades. Instead, I find myself more riveted by the dynamics of the group itself, from the opening to the inevitable climax when everyone gets a little too honest to each other. Just as we can never really believe what the club's sole clerk (Kubozuka Yosuke) says about the state of the club, we can never be sure about how much truth the participants are bringing into their interactions with each other. In that sense, Love's Whirlpool is a great depiction of modern courtship.

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