After the recent court ruling against the underage idol who “broke” her contract and had a relationship, and the ruling in favor of the hostess who had a long-running affair with a client, there have been some interesting legal developments in Japan of late.
Now a woman who refused to take part in a porn shoot and was sued for ¥246 million (over $2 million) for breach of contract by the production company has won her case.
The court in Tokyo ruled that the “nature of the work is one that you cannot force someone to do it against their will”.
The judge threw out the production company’s suit.
Considering a lot of minor porn stars get their start through allegedly being tricked into the industry by agencies who sign them to be “models”, this could set an interesting precedent. Surely the woman who was sued was in a situation that tens of thousands of adult video female performers and former performers have been in.
When they refuse, they are told they would have to pay huge fees to cancel the contract. This tactic is then used repeatedly to get them to take part in further titles. When the actress has lasted her worth — say, after 10 or so titles — she is released.
As the lawyer of the actress in this suit said: “There are many cases when women are threatened with huge contract penalties and forced to appear in adult videos. It is a grave violation of human rights.”
According to the ruling, the actress was scourted as a “talent” when she was a high school student and made a “business contract” with the company. She did fairly explicit glamor shoots but when she hit 20 — the legal age — the company decided that she was going to be work in porn. After she made her debut, they made a “peformer contract.”
The woman suffered mental and physical problems from her new line of work, and when she refused to take part in another title, she was told she would have to pay ¥100 million (over $80,000) for “breach of contract”.
She sought help from a civic group and when she announced she was breaking the contract, she was sued in October 2015. The final ruling came in September.
We hope that the high publicity this case generates encourages women (and men) in similar situations likewise to seek legal help.
We love porn but we want it to be done by people who enjoy making it on all sides.
Nippon.com, normally a fairly austere and academic online publication, has published an article by sociologist Suzumi Suzuki, in which she discusses her fieldwork about AV and role-play in the porn world.
Suzuki starts out with a very positive view of her subject matter:
AV actresses are surprisingly articulate when asked to talk about themselves. In the videos by which they make a living, as well as in magazines and other media, they calmly field personal questions of all kinds and narrate their personal stories smoothly and eloquently.
To a large extent, this is a skill they acquire naturally. While the basic job of an AV actress is to perform sexual acts in front of a camera in order to provide her viewers with sexual stimulation, her work also involves promotional activities, such as magazine interviews and event appearances. In addition, an AV actress must pitch herself to production companies, engage with directors and others at casting interviews, and participate in various planning and production meetings. In AV joyu no shakaigaku, I describe how this aspect of the business, along with the trials and tribulations of becoming a “veteran” of the industry, help to make AV actresses strong. In these meetings and interviews, an actress is repeatedly called on to describe her personality and background, discuss her likes and dislikes, and explain her reasons for becoming a porn actress. In the process, she develops a distinctive narrative and a persona to go with it, and is able to portray herself as someone with pride, who entered her profession of her own free will. She may not have started out with that attitude, but neither did she fabricate it in a cynical, calculated manner. Most often, it evolved naturally as a consequence of the way the industry operates.
Suzuki makes the point that the reason why so many AV actresses come and go — the sheer numbers are staggering — is that the studios make most of the money on the first release, after which, except for a handful of stars, they are like a used car: their value gradually goes down.
With a few notable exceptions, the market value of an AV actress peaks with her first video and gradually declines thereafter. Of course, her technique (camera awareness, dramatic flare and range, directability, fluency in unscripted dirty talk, and so forth) is likely to improve with each successive video. Yet such skills almost never translate into higher pay. In most cases, in fact, payment declines with each successive production, even while the demands on the performer intensify. The reason for this is simple: The Japanese men who make up the bulk of the AV market are devotees of the “cult of the virgin”—worshippers of youth, freshness, and inexperience. Most of them place little or no value on an AV actress’s experience and skill. To the contrary, their ideal actress is the AV novice who conveys the tension of a young woman performing in her very first porn video.
A tantai (standalone, star) will then be demoted to one of the kikaku performers who, often anonymously, make up the numbers in many of the minor porn releases.
Suzuki is interested in the eloquence of AV actresses, who constantly have to field questions from the media and fans, and sell themselves to studios and managers.
The typical porn star understands on an intuitive level that the men who worship her simultaneously regard her as a kind of freak or aberration. She realizes early on that interviewers want to hear about the episodes that turned an “ordinary girl” into the kind of person who would appear in porn films. The more special and compelling her reasons for becoming a porn actress, the more she is fêted. Her pre-AV interactions also give her an objective view of men’s expectations and perceptions of AV actresses.
Suzuki herself is quite a hottie. Born in 1983, she got a master’s degree from the University of Tokyo and has also worked as a journalist. While, for some reason or another, Nippon.com doesn’t mention this at all in their profile of Suzuki, some quick online research reveals that she is actually herself a former hostess and AV performer, with a career spanning over 70 titles.
She was then porn star Ruri Satoh, who made her debut in 2004 and then on the MOODYZ label in 2005. She performed in the porn world for 4-5 years.
There is some confusion, since information on Ruri Sato says she was born in 1984, while Suzuki’s profile says 1983. Even so, it’s often the case that AV actresses’ biographies and body measurements are inaccurate.
Suzuki’s thesis on AV actresses was published in 2013 and since then she has become somewhat famous for her novel career trajectory. Of course, her looks help a lot too.
Read the full article on Nippon.com.
“Ultraman porn” is a thing in Japan.
Women dressed up as Ultraman-like characters (especially the Mother of Ultraman) in tight costumes and being screwed by men and other “creatures” is not just a nostalgic fantasy, it is an outright erotic fetish in its own right.
Porn label GIGA likes these pastiche superhero/superheroine porn and they seem to be responsible for the unofficial Mother of Ultra porn (there may be others around).
The “Giant Heroine” (Kyodai Heroine) franchise started way back in 2008 with a film starrting Nana Saeki. The most recent was in July 2015, starring Miho Tono. There have been at least 16 titles so far.
On top of the mini subgenre of AV films, there are also adult model/figurine sets, plus erotic manga.
Obviously there are rape fantasies here, including tentacle rape and bestiality.
But we’re not sure what the name is for fantasies of “giant” superheroes clad in tight silver costumes having sex around cities while leaning on the buildings!
As far as we can tell (the article is written in the usual ambiguous way that certain Japanese publications like to use), this seems to be the same film (“100 People x Nakadashi”) by the label Honnaka. We’re not sure why there has been a second article, other than it seems to be a promo for the film as part of AV Open 2015. At any rate, this was “round two” shot on another day, featuring new “rules” in the games.
The film starred 7 popular JAV stars: Ai Uehara, Ruka Kanae, Aika, Hikaru Konno, Kamiki Sayaka, Mao Hamasaki, and Aya Miyazaki.
Here is Ai Uehara trying to avoid being hit by a water balloon. She previously starred in a very similar AV in 2014 that was a winner at AV Open 2014.
Like before, the concept for this AV was a game of catch involving water balloons (a big fetish in Japan). There were various teams and rules, such as the areas you could run around in and a time-limit per chase (20 minutes).
If the girls (all wearing school uniforms) were hit by the water balloons, they were “out”.
The guys in the yellow shirts were their “protectors”, whose job was to guard the AV stars with their own bodies. Surely there are plenty of guys lining up to do this job! (The 100 men featured in the film were all amateurs, recruited from members of the public.)
Given the snow evidently falling in some of the images, it clearly was a chilly day to be running around in short skirts and getting wet.
Aika looking sultry in a skirt.
Mao Hamasaki looking tired.
Mao Hamasaki and Hikaru Konno
Hikaru Konno showing us how her skirt lifts up…
Of course, these kinds of large-scale AV films are very similar to the wacky world of Japanese TV, especially the long-running “Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!” (Gaki no Tsukai) TV show and its marathon “Batsu Game” show broadcast on New Year’s Eve for hours on end. In it, Japanese comedians enter a remote location where they are subjected to a lengthy series of challenges and weird scenarios, and if they laugh they are physically punished.
This type of AV film is essentially a “batsu game” punishment game TV show… with sex.
Dotsui Tarunen is a cult music band and their reputation just got even more cultish.
What other actual music group would allow two porn stars to fuck right there in the mosh pit during their live act?
That’s what Dotsui Tarunen Live Music Sex Concert with Natsuki Yokoyama entails. A sort of gonzo-style guerrilla documentary porno, it pairs Yokoyama with veteran (and temporarily disgraced) male performer Ryo Sawai.
As the sweaty music fans enjoy the music, Sawai and Yokoyama get down and dirty on the floor.
Needless to say, the music event was only open to adults.
This is quite a special AV release.
Sure, there is plenty of weird and wonderful fetish Japanese AV out there. If we were to list all the crazy scenarios and wacky, epic scenes we’ve seen, this blog post would swiftly become a 1,000-page tome.
But this 120-minute AV is actually getting a mini movie theater release this autumn (simultaneous with the DVD release) at select cinemas around Japan, and is part of the AV Open 2015 bonanza, which allows people to vote online for their favorite AV titles from DMM.
The AV is directed by Hajime Yanai for the label HMJM. More of this kind of “happening-cum-porn” please.
We already know that the subway in Taiwan can get pretty moe and kinky.
But did you know it also gets pornographic?
The Taipei subway will release metro cards on September 1st featuring the Japanese porn actress Yui Hatano.
There had been an outcry to the promo and at one point the subway operators in the Taiwanese capital said the cards would be withdrawn.
But then clearly Yui’s Taiwanese fans decided to stick to their guns.
The mayor of Taipei has criticized the scheme, though some of the money raised is expected to go to charity.
Hatano, a 2014 Japan Adult Award winner, was nonplussed by the controversy.
“Just because I am an adult video porn star… does it mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?” she was quoted as saying.
The metro cards are produced by EasyCard and feature Yui in “angel” or “devil” costumes looking sultry. (We know another Japanese porn star with a similarly double personality.)
There is apparently no actual nudity or pornographic content on the cards.
Still we think public transport will get that little bit more crowded after Yui arrives.
There’s weird, and then there’s weird.
This is very much the latter.
Here is “Miira Onna” — “Mummy Girl”!
This 97-minute AV stars Tsukasa Kanzaki and may well be one of the most unusual porn titles we’ve seen for at least a year.
Kanzaki plays a girl who finds a slender mummy buried in the ground. And the embalmed beauty is still alive!
Soon the mummy is found by some men, who put it to good use sucking them off and then being pleasured by massager vibrators.
This AV is clearly going somewhere where people don’t usually go in mainstream porn: necrophilia and zombie sex!
After all, necrophilia is an old past-time. It probably existed in ancient Egyptian culture, though there’s aren’t any records of it happening in ancient Japan (as far as we know).
Japan has no specific law against sex with the dead (called shikan), though since most corpses are cremated, the opportunities are surely rare.
In the 1999 Hikari Parent-Child Murder Incident, Takayuki Fukuda apparently performed necrophilia on his victim.
Following earlier police attention over uploading live porn, the web porn portal FC2 has been targeted again by the authorities.
Police have charged a 42-year-old male company employee living in Yamanashi Prefecture. His crime? Uploading adult videos by S1 and Moodyz to FC2.
This is the first such case in Japan of someone being charged (without arrest) for breaching copyright laws for adult materials in this way. In the past, people were first arrested on other charges, such as “assisting public indecency” or “displaying electronic recording media”.
The man used multiple accounts to upload videos to FC2 over a 11-month period in 2014. He admits the charges.
His uploads have been seen 27,510 times. Since FC2 charges ¥300 to access content, there could be a civil suit to recover the ¥8 million they made.
The charges are another example of how the police and the AV industry is trying to tackle illegal distribution of their content.
From July 2012 to May 2015, FC2 has featured 8,216 “new releases” alone, depriving the porn industry of those sales.
Police are investigating another 130 people around Japan who also made illegal uploads to FC2.
You’ve seen “Ted”. Maybe you’ve even seen “Ted 2″ (out now, though not in Japan).
Prepare to see a very unlikely and very unofficial spin-off…
“Teddy Bear Saliva Tongue Cuddly Toy Sex” is a 100-minute Japanese adult video starring Hikari Matsushita and Arisu Hayase as two of three ladies who literally get fucked by a teddy bear.
It’s produced by fetish studio Rocket. The actual original Japanese title translates into something like: “The world where suddenly one day a cuddly toy attacks beautiful young girls: Cuddly toy rape”.
That should give you a taste of what to expect.
There’s a very wet tongue and even a cuddly dog involved in this unlikely porno. You’ll be surprised at the skill and versatility of the “toy”.
Okay, we’re not going to spoil this and tell you how they made it (unlike “Ted”, there’s no CGI). Just watch and see.
What, don’t tell us you’ve never thought about this scenario? Cute, naked girls and teddy bears? What a great combo…
One day in March, several hundred people descended on an abandoned school deep in the Japanese countryside.
But these weren’t ordinary people.
They were the hard-working folk who produce Japan’s mountains of pornography.
“100 People x Nakadashi” was not set for release until September but that didn’t mean the schedule wasn’t tight. With so many people involved, careful planning and efficiency on the day was paramount. As with all things, the Japanese approached this with superb organization.
We weren’t there — but KAI-YOU was and these are their nice pictures.
Like a lot of so-called kikaku AV, this one was filmed as a pastiche “documentary”, with a crew following the schoolgirls around the facility.
However, this is billed as the “biggest” AV in Japanese history, not least because it features so many stars: Ai Uehara, Ruka Kanae, Aika, Hikaru Konno, Kamiki Sayaka, Mao Hamasaki, and Aya Miyazaki.
And that means a lot of nakadashi (creampie) in one busy day…
Ordinarily kikaku AV are cast with mostly non-names, the army of uncredited minor porn stars who are usually moonlighting hostesses and prostitutes.
First up — preparations!
It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on in some of the scenes, but the ladies seem to be playing schoolgirls who are pursued by a bunch of men, the “Haramase-tai” (all amateurs, recruited publicly).
There are also “warriors” (in yellow t-shirts) who protect the girls. (The crew are wearing the red t-shirts.)
The ladies, wearing schoolgirl gym clothes (in white), are chased by the 14-strong Haramase-tai (in black t-shirts) carrying water balloons (balloons are a fetish in their own right in Japan). Their job is to get the girls wet…
Once wet and cornered, one thing leads to another…
Needless to say, this is a tongue-in-cheek porno referencing a lot of TV shows and games.
Presented by Tokyo Kinky