2004, 82 min., DP (digital projection), color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuki Tanada. With Yoshikazu Ebisu, Noriko Eguchi, Akira Emoto.
Best of Unreleased Naughties
"The first really distinctive work from a woman director this decade." – Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye, "The Best of the Decade."
"One of the most joyful, buoyant and intriguing feature debuts of this new millennium." – Tom Mes, Midnight Eye
Electric Button (Moon and Cherry) launched writer/director Yuki Tanada’s reputation both in Japan and internationally. Recalling traditional "Pinku Eiga" (porn for refined sensibilities) in form–but radically different in detail, the film is both sweet and dryly unsentimental while effortlessly dancing across the lines of comedy, drama, romance and eroticism. Yuki Tanada rethinks the erotic film from a decidedly "woman on top" perspective. Her unique twist: it’s the sensitive emotional young man who finds himself being used, abused and discarded like an old sock by an emotionally remote female. Naive boy Tadokoro (Tasuku Nagaoka), a virginal university student and new member of an erotic creative writing club, meets too-smart-for-her-own-good pretty girl Mayama (Noriko Eguchi) who uses their liaison as fodder for her fiction.
Part of Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
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- July 7, 2010
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