ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
be many guys who would find petite Aiko the ideal sex partner/girlfriend.
For a start, it doesn't seem to take very much persuasion to get
her to give you a blow job. While some would consider her an easy
lay, she is a damn fine cook and, this may be important for some
guys, she knows how to keep her mouth shut (she is practically
mute throughout the show).
time one sees any determination on Aiko's face is when she is
bowling but with her fresh and somewhat child-like looks, Aiko's
come on (seducing could hardly be what she's up to) is to simply
offer herself to the men - usually by way of giving them blow
jobs first. The stall-keeper at the bowling alley which Aiko frequents
only has to compliment her and she's down on her knees in no time.
The way the
movie shows it, sex for Aiko (the late Yumika Hayashi, who died
in 2005) is both a joy and a pain. While she certainly experiences
some pleasure in the sex, she also looks as if she's in real pain
too. But her interest in men, especially postal worker Yoshio,
is more than physical sex. There is a schoolgirlish crush involved
- besides offering her body, she gives him a lunch box everyday.
of a secure relationship is to offer sex and food - which is basically
what her maternal instincts tell her - and, hopefully, the other
person will be contented to stay. But for Yoshio (Mutsuo Yoshioka),
Aiko is turning into the clinging girlfriend from hell.
For a while,
Yoshio is having the time of his life. After work, there is Aiko
with her sex and food. In the office, there is his co-worker Ikumi
(Lemon Hanazawa) who not only has designs on him, but willing
to give him sex as well. But soon, Yoshio grows tired of the insistent
Aiko and her lunch boxes and decides to break off their relationship.
At the same time, Yoshio is trapped into an imminent marriage
with Ikumi. After a drunken night out with the boys before his
marriage, Yoshi turns up for a final fling with Aiko. The meeting
takes on a surreal turn when Aiko is egged on by a talking bowling
ball which keeps repeating the phrase, "Strike, go for it."
more sensationalistic-looking DVD cover, Lunch Box is a bitter-sweet
story made more memorable by the aching performance of Yumika
Hayashi as Aiko (who recalls singer-actress Faye Wong at some
angles). Still, one cannot mistake it for anything else but a
Pinku Eiga (pink film). While there is a lot of sex, there
aren't that many full frontal shots and all the oral sex is judiciously
shot - there is nothing explicit though viewers know exactly what's
going on. Interestingly, the sex scenes were real - for that Hayashi
is often seen as a key Pinku Eiga actress because of the
chances she took - and the film was shot sync-sound (no post-dubbing).
Lunch Box could well be an oblique comment on the loneliness of
young women living on their own in the cities but the ending of
Aiko and Ikumi contemplating (sort of) the fate of their beloved
in a sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves finish is hard to stomach
since not only do the two not meet throughout the film, it's also
hard to imagine they really have anything of substance to say
to each other. But as one internet reviewer says, "Lunch Box is
still light years ahead of any soft porn fluffy nonsense being
made in the West, and definitely well worth a look."
The Lunch Box DVD (Salvation Films) is banned in $ingapore.