the usagi incidents

20050501

Love and Pop (1998)

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Summary: Five friends want money, so they start engaging in enjo kosai, also known as compensated dating.

Review: This is Anno Hideaki's first film, and man, it's just what you'd expect from him. Lots of angst, funny angles, and yet a heart-rending look at what today's girls will do for money and brand-name merchandise. This movie helped me get interested in researching the major social problem of enjo kosai. It tells the whole truth and can be shocking at times, but stories like these need to be told so that we can all learn from their mistakes.

Final Review: A

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