Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Noir Never Numbered

N is for New Love in Tokyo.

Ai no shinsekai (1994) is a fascinating depiction of prostitution in Japan that follows the lives of two call girls and how their lives intertwine between work and daily living. One is a dominatrix while the other is a traditional hooker for hire. The former is an aspiring theatre actress while the latter aspires to marry a good man. With plenty of graphic sex, this dramedy certainly isn't a family affair but a satisfactory watch for those curious.

Jules Dassin's 1948 New York City noir Naked City is truly wonderful to witness. Barry Fitzgerald is a treat as the seasoned Irish detective who brightens every scene with tenacity and charm. Lots of fun and visually stunning.

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