Asian Cinema Fund 2018
2018 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
Dancers of the strip theater are called “Odoriko” in Japan. Whether she belongs to a certain theater or not, every Odoriko travels all over the country alone with her suitcase, from one theater to another every 10 days. They appear on stage and strip off their clothes, not only to show their bare skin but also to perform various kinds of dances. After 10 days, they leave the theater discretely to their next destination, in the same way their bodies fade into darkness as the stage spotlight dims with the show coming to an end. Some theaters have closed down in the last several years. A woman, who has been working since she came of age, feels that her physical strength has gradually faded in her thirties. It is by no means easy for a woman to work as Odoriko for a long time.
All things are constantly changing in the cycle of birth and death, and nothing stays in one place even for a moment. In this consumer society today, the city landscape has also been changing rapidly. There are only around 20 strip theaters left in Japan. Consumerism is rapidly absorbing not only the objects but also services. The adult entertainment business has changed, and striptease is no longer popular in this country. Nevertheless, there are still many young women who enter the strip theater to work as an Odoriko. I am attracted by the contrast between the old and the new, the young naked women in the old strip theaters of the previous generation. The strip theater is a place where women come and go with their passion in short spurts of time. I feel that even their naked bodies are one of the consumption articles in this consumer society.