If asked what are the characteristics of Japan, besides the tea ceremony, anime, traditional kimono or a “unique” work culture, I believe most people will still mention it. … adult movies.
The JAV industry is extremely famous and generates huge profits. However, behind the bright aura are dark corners. Through the movie The lowlifedirector Takahisa Zeze gives the audience another look at life outside the lens of actresses who are not in the star ranks.
The lowlife gives the audience the dark corners that actresses have to endure when joining the JAV industry – source: Kadokawa
The Lowlife: Realistic slice of life outside the lens of black film actresses
Maybe through the articles, you have read that there are many girls who become adult film actors because of being cheated and then, they are treated badly by the company. In fact, “underground rules” exist in the entertainment industry, not just JAV. But, The lowlife these aspects are not mentioned. Instead, the “dark corner” is exploited by the film, which is the suffering that actresses have to endure when doing jobs that are despised by society.
All three main characters in the film, Miho (Ayano Moriguchi), Ayano (Kokone Sasaki) and Takako (Saki Takaoka) are actively involved in the industry. They entered the adult film path for different reasons.
Each character in The lowlife has their own tragedies – source: Kadokawa
Miho is a woman nearing the age of 35, has no children and lives a boring life with her exemplary husband but only knows about work. She longs to have a proper family and go on vacation in the summer. But then every time Miho mentioned this, she always got the same answer – let’s discuss this later. Too disappointed and wanting to find something new for a boring series of days, Miho decided to close JAV.
Ayano is a young girl who had an unhappy childhood. She has a bad relationship with her family and has low self-esteem. Ayano once said that she was the ugliest of the sisters. Participating in black movies is not only Ayano’s way of making a living, but it is also a job that helps her find joy.
The character Takako in The lowlife is a person who is disoriented and always feels melancholy – source: Kadokawa
Unlike Miho and Ayano, Takako used to work in the black film industry but has long since retired. Now, she lives a disorienting life, self-indulgent and dependent on her elderly mother. The content line about Takako does not focus primarily on this character. Instead, the audience saw the suffering and torment that the character Ayaka (Aina Yamada) had to go through as the child of a former porn actor.
Miho, Ayano and Takako, they came to JAV in different ways. However, all three have to go through inner torments for one reason: prejudice and contempt of society.
When a woman joins the adult film industry, not only herself but those around her are also affected – source: Kadokawa
The “top” acting of the cast
The lowlife psychological film genre. Therefore, conveying the different emotional states of the character is paramount. This task is done very well by the cast, which is particularly commendable are Kokone Sasaki, Aina Yamada and Ayano Moriguchi.
Kokone Sasaki has successfully brought a strong Ayano who loves her job but is also afraid of criticism from those around her and suffers from not being understood by her family members.
Every member of The lowlife’s cast is doing their job well – source: Kadokawa
Notably, in the segment where Ayano met the editor Hibino – who made her feel excited, Kokone Sasaki took on a bright shade, completely different from the character’s characteristic “dark colors”. object. This is like an affirmation that black movie actresses also know how to love, be shy, and feel flustered when they meet the guy they like.
As for Aina Yamada, the 24-year-old beauty honestly portrays the guilt and inferiority of a female student when the information that her mother used to act in a black film was spread. And when the eyes of the whole school were on Ayaka, she chose to flee in pain.
Ayano Moriguchi is the brightest star in The lowlife – source: Kadokawa
The brightest star in The lowlife is Ayano Moriguchi. She plays the role of Miho very well, a character with many complex emotional states. Miho is a woman who has to live in a “boredom loop” and really wants to find a way out. She chose to close JAV to free herself. But at the same time, she also feels extremely guilty about her false betrayal to her husband.
The torment and suffering that Miho had to endure became even greater when she went to act in a movie despite having to take care of her sick father. Then, just as Miho was having sex with a co-star she had just met for the first time, her father passed away. And of course, Miho couldn’t be with him at the last moment.
Miho is a character with a complex psychological development, but that cannot make it difficult for Ayano Moriguchi – source: Kadokawa
There are still minus points in terms of content, there are a lot of hot scenes and stir up mixed opinions
The lowlife choose a topic of interest, the acting of the cast is also very good. However, the film has a minus point in terms of content when it makes the audience feel that the problems have not been solved completely.
With Miho’s story, after she couldn’t stand the guilt and confessed everything, the husband had no other reaction except to say that he felt uncomfortable. As for Ayana’s story, there has not been a really satisfying, clear ending to the story between her and Hibino.
The lowlife has a lot of sensitive scenes and its heat far exceeds The glory – source: Kadokawa
There is one thing to warn, it is in The lowlife There are a lot of naked hot scenes. Recently, the movie-loving community has been feverish with Cha Joo Young’s “undressing” segments in the masterpiece. The glory. But in terms of heat, the work from the land of Kim Chi is nothing compared to the film from the land of the rising sun.
Regarding the audience’s reaction, the film created two opposing opinions. A part of viewers thinks that society should have a more sympathetic view of black movie actresses. However, in the opposite direction, another section made the point that any profession has two sides. And if they have enjoyed the benefits, they must also accept the downsides because after all, each person must be responsible for their own choices.