Shabondama Elegy

Shabondama Elegy

Director: Ian Kerkof Cast: Thom Hoffman, Mai Hoshino

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This transnational production featuring a South African- born director (Ian Kerkhof), a Dutch leading man (Thom Hoffman), and a Japanese cast and crew tells the story of a passionate love affair between a convict and a porn star, which is undone by greed and private ghosts. Escaping from the Japanese police, Jack stumbles into a bar, where he meets Keiko, a money-hungry adult film actress and the younger sister of his ex-wife. He takes refuge in her flat and soon they fall in love. Jack is unable to leave her apartment because he quickly learns that both the police and the dreaded yakuza are after the criminal. He grows distraught and despondent, spending hour upon hour alone as Keiko works long hours on the set. At one point, Keiko visits the yakuza don who placed the hit on Jack and agrees to hand him over in exchange for a pile of cash. But she has one stipulation: that she get to spend three days with her soon-to-be deceased lover. The boss agrees only if she engages in kinky sex with him. The deal seems set until unforeseen events occur.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2004
UPC: 0022891205098
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Eclectic Dvd Dist.
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 80,900

Special Features

Original trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. An Escape in Foreign Land [6:35]
2. Their Secret [5:33]
3. Heavenly Kingdom [5:52]
4. A Letter to Keiko [4:51]
5. Joy Ride [3:34]
6. Jack's Wife [4:30]
7. Keiko's Wound [5:36]
8. An Unforgettable Memory [5:47]
9. The Father and the Psychiatrist [4:53]
10. Transient Bubble [6:48]
11. Their Ordinary Life [6:50]
12. Over Time [6:14]
13. The Premonition [4:00]
14. The Final Deal [7:08]
15. Jack's Death [8:17]

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