The Muse

Yutaka Ikejima, 2008, 63 mins

AKA Chô inran: Yareba yaru hodo ii kimochi

Director Yutaka Ikejima (MR. PINK) has been a prolific contributor to the world of Pinku Films. He has acted in and directed some of the most popular Pink Films- The Japanese Wife Next Door series, Twilight Dinner, and many, many more. In this, his 100th film as a director, Mr. Pink takes a retrospective look at the world of making and starring in Pink Films.

Takashima is a young struggling actor who wants to be a film director. The film follows his chance encounters and career highlights (and lowlights!) as he strives to reach the top, and details his attempt to create the perfect film. World-famous Japanese Porn actress Riri Koda stars as Yahan, his girlfriend and star of his films. Written by Daisuke Goto (of Mourning Wife and Blind Love fame) this film delivers Goto’s artistic and modern style along with Ikejima’s less-than-subtle antics and borderline raunchy erotica scenes. Using his connections in the Pink Eiga industry, Ikejima offers an artistic, reflexive look at the Pink Eiga world, including scenes shot on the actual Pink Eiga ADR and edit stages. The story of THE MUSE is very much Ikejima’s own story – the struggle to maintain artistic quality and integrity despite the limits and constraints of the Pink Film genre.

” ‘The Muse’ is a great, not just pink, but overall film”