Alice Japan

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Alice Japan
Industry Pornography
Founded 1986
Headquarters Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
Products Pornographic films
Parent Japan Home Video
Website Alice Japan

Alice Japan (アリスJAPAN Arisu JAPAN?) was established on April 4, 1986 as the adult video (AV) label for Japan Home Video (JHV).[1]

Company information[edit]

The early AVs produced by JHV went under the Penguin (ぺんぎん) label, the first title being the 30 minute long softcore Asobinasareya, Tadakurue (遊びなされや、ただ狂へ) starring Hidemi Nakajima (中島秀美) released May 21, 1984 with production code KA-1001.[2][3] The same production code series was used for releases under the Alice Japan label which began with Sexy Violence (セクシーバイオレンス), KA-1050, starring Mariko Kajikawa.[4] In the years following, the company continued using the "KA" series for their products released on VHS tape.

Iconic AV Idol Hitomi Kobayashi was one of the company's first stars appearing in Alice Japan videos as early as 1986.[5] Among other early AV actresses who made their debut with Alice Japan were Riria Yoshikawa in 1990[6] and Asami Jō in 1995.[7] Early directors for the company include Rokurō Mochizuki,[8]who started in pink film, Kunihiro Hasegawa[9] and Yuji Sakamoto,[10] who were directing for Alice Japan in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Alice Japan has had a long association dating back to at least 1997 with the Kuki Inc. group of AV companies which includes Kuki, Max-A, Atlas21, Big Morkal, Media Station (Cosmos Plan) and Sexia.[11] Like several of the other companies in this group, Alice Japan works mostly with new actresses especially those making their debut in AV.[12] All these companies use the Kuki-owned X CITY website to advertise and distribute streaming video versions of their products.[13]

Like Kuki, h.m.p., Max-A and many of the older "pro" AV studios in Japan, Alice Japan has been a member of the ethics group Nihon Ethics of Video Association (NEVA) which regulates content and the censorship mosaic required in Japanese porn videos.[14] Because of this most of the videos produced by Alice Japan have used a large, blocky analog mosaic as opposed to the newer thinner digital mosaics now in common use among the "indie" studios such as the Soft On Demand (SOD) group. In 2007, the company began re-releasing several of its old videos using a new thinner mosaic standard under the "Alice Pink" label.[15]

The Alice Japan Official Website contains a large searchable database of Alice Japan videos dating back to 1984[16] as well as a list of actresses[17] and a section for Actress Blogs.[18]

Labels[edit]

In addition to the standard Alice Japan label, the following have also been used for adult videos:[1][19][20]

  • Directors (from 1989)
  • Babylon (from 1994)
  • Erotica (from 1995)
  • ADNIS
  • Alice Pink
  • Charm
  • Chocolat
  • Jewel
  • midi
  • Mikle
  • Mirukuru
  • Pino

Directors[edit]

AV directors who have worked frequently for Alice Japan include:[21]

Actresses[edit]

Some of the most famous AV Idols in Japanese porn have performed for Alice Japan including:[17]

Series[edit]

A selected list of series from the Alice Japan label:[22]

  • Dangerous Looked-Up Room (危ない密室)
  • Flash Paradise (フラッシュパラダイス)
  • Flashback (フラッシュバック)
  • Give Up Human Being AKA Inhumanity (人間廃業)
  • Mejiri AKA Female Ass (女尻)
  • Obscene Model (猥褻モデル)
  • The Contrary Soap Heaven / Reverse Soap Heaven (逆ソープ天国)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "JHV Company History" (in Japanese). JHV. Archived from the original on 24 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ 遊びなされや、ただ狂へ (in Japanese). Alice Japan. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ 遊びなされや、ただ狂へ (in Japanese). www.amazon.co.jp. 
  4. ^ "Mariko Kajikawa - Sexy Violence". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Hitomi Kobayashi (Filmography)". Urabon Navigator 1997-2006. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  6. ^ "1990" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  7. ^ "1995" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Rokuro Mochizuki in 1987". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  9. ^ "Kunihiro Hasegawa in 1992". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  10. ^ 淫ら眼 (in Japanese). www.alicejapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  11. ^ "-THE CITY Participants-". Archived from the original on 1997-01-08. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  12. ^ Banana Boy. "Who makes AV?". Japan AV. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  13. ^ "Titles By Maker List". X City. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  14. ^ "Fix for Japan Pop-Culture Addicts". Wired. April 12, 2004. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  15. ^ "Alice Pink" (in Japanese). X City. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  16. ^ "発売年別 (Past Releases)" (in Japanese). Alice Japan. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  17. ^ a b "女優一覧 (Actress)" (in Japanese). Alice Japan. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  18. ^ "女優公式ブログ (Actress Blog)" (in Japanese). Alice Japan. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  19. ^ "Label: Alice Japan". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  20. ^ "Titles by Maker list". X City. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  21. ^ "Alice Japan Most Frequented Directors". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  22. ^ "JAV Film Series - Alice Japan". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 

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