Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A Japanese director makes lesbian porn to support herself. Then she lands a job on a matchmaking tv show with a chance to cast two women.
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Year: 2001
Duration: 67 min
Language: Japan/Japanese
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Desiree Lim
Writer: Carole Hisasue, Desiree Lim
Starring: Saori Kitagawa, Saki, Tamayo

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Sugar SweetNaomi (Saori Kitagawa) is a Japanese director making lesbian porn to support herself, but the producers tell her that her work isn’t what straight men will find exiting. Most of her friends can’t believe she’s making porn for men, calling her a traitor.

Naomi is just miserable, except for the support of Sugar, her online romantic interest. Then she gets a gig directing a matchmaking tv show, with a chance to cast two women. She chooses her friend Azusa (Saki) and Miki (C.Snatch Z.), an executive by day and exotic dancer by night at a lesbian bar.

Much of the rest of the film is shot with a grainy behind the lens quality, which is a bit hard on the eyes, and intentionally mimicking the unsteadiness of a handheld camera. Outside of the tv show shoot, Miki and Azusa get together for an erotic scene of their own, complete with strap on, and later Miki tries to make a move on Naomi as well. Will Azusa leave her uninspired girlfriend for Miki, or will Naomi and Miki end up together? And what about Sugar?

Touted as the first Japanese film made by and about lesbians. Unfortunately, I hate to say that the film really didn’t keep my interest, even though it’s short at just over an hour. The characters were not engaging, and the plot was very predictable. Directed by Desiree Lim (Floored By Love). (AB)