Love & Pop

Overview

Following up on his wildly successful 1997 feature-length anime Neo Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno takes digital camcorder in hand and makes his live-action directorial debut with this day-in-the-life drama about a quartet of enjo kosai (school girls) who make big bucks selling their services to middle-aged perverts with money to burn. Though frequently weird and exotic, their dates rarely request anything close to plain old vanilla sex. One geezer takes the four to sing karaoke. After belting out a few, he ...
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Overview

Following up on his wildly successful 1997 feature-length anime Neo Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno takes digital camcorder in hand and makes his live-action directorial debut with this day-in-the-life drama about a quartet of enjo kosai (school girls) who make big bucks selling their services to middle-aged perverts with money to burn. Though frequently weird and exotic, their dates rarely request anything close to plain old vanilla sex. One geezer takes the four to sing karaoke. After belting out a few, he reaches into his bag and pulls out a bag of grapes. He asks that each lass bite into the fruit just enough to break the skin. Once that's done, he puts each grape in its own individual baggie and labels it. Other patrons are just as pitiful if less bizarre. The film focuses particularly on Hiromi (Asumi Miwa), who is trying to make enough money to buy a topaz ring and hide her right hand, which she thinks is ugly. Hiromi comes from a normal -- if blithely obtuse -- family and is not your typical portrait of an enjo kosai. Yet she hustles with her more street-smart friends and learns about her newfound profession's dangers and degradations the hard way. This film was based on a book by Ryu Murakami.
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Special Features

Trailers; TV spots; Love & Pop: the music video; Optional English subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 738329036423
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tadanobu Asano
Megumi Hayashibara
Akira Ishida
Technical Credits
Hideaki Anno Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hiromi's Dream [4:10]
2. Chicago Bulls [7:16]
3. Dinner Party [6:28]
4. Secrets [7:39]
5. Final Exams [4:46]
6. Ringu [6:36]
7. Shabu Shabu [7:26]
8. Equals [6:10]
9. In Search [6:52]
10. A Sick Man [8:52]
11. Video Store [6:09]
12. Primavera [5:02]
13. Oh, Captain [5:11]
14. Hotel of Luv [5:17]
15. Female Hygiene [5:28]
16. A Kind Person [4:02]
17. Sweet Dreams [6:28]
18. Frozen Pup [6:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Access
   Extras
      Subtitle Options
         On
         Off
      Trailers
         Love & Pop A: Version 1
         Love & Pop A: Version 2
         Love & Pop B
         Love & Pop C
         Moonlight Whispers
         Tokyo Eyes
         The Most Terrible Time in My Life
         Junk Food
      TV Spots
         TV Spot A
         TV Spot B
         TV Spot C
         TV Spot D
         TV Spot/DVD & Video
         TV Spot/CD Soundtrack
      Love & Pop: The Music Video
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