Atlas21

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Atlas21
Industry Pornography
Predecessor VIP
Founded 1981
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Products Pornographic films
Website http://www.atlas21.co.jp
http://www.vip-enterprise.com

Atlas21 (アトラスにじゅういち Atorasu Nijūichi?), formerly known as VIP, is a Japanese adult video company with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Company information[edit]

VIP[edit]

The AV company VIP Enterprise (VIPエンタープライズ VIP Entāpuraizu?) was founded in June 1981 and issued its first video, titled Women's Toilet Series (女子便所シリーズ Joshi Benjo Shiriizu?), in December of that same year[2] making it one of the first adult video companies to be established in Japan.[3] The studio continued production in 1982 with works that included S&M and scatological themes.[3] In 1983, the company changed its name from VIP Enterprise to VIP Incorporated (株式会社ビップ Kabushiki gaisha Bippu?).[4] By 1985, the studio was using actresses with some background in entertainment, such as Anri Inoue (井上あんり) who made her AV debut with VIP in August 1985 with the video Venus With Teardrops (ヴィーナスの滴り Viinasu no Shititari?).[3][5][6]

The major event in the company's history in the 1980s was the debut of Hitomi Kobayashi in 1986 in her video Forbidden Relationship.[7] With her style and looks, Kobayashi was a major factor in bringing in the concept of the AV Idol to the fledgling Japanese adult video industry,[7] and, as the "AV Queen", she brought outstanding sales to VIP.[8] In February 1987, Nao Saejima debuted with the company.[9] Another early star for VIP was Rui Sakuragi, who made her debut in April 1989 under the name Masako Ichinose but took the name Rui Sakuragi the following year.[10]

Stella / Atlas21[edit]

In January 1990, a new AV company, Stella (ステラ Sutera?), was formed as a subsidiary to VIP[11] and, four years later in May 1994, the company's name was changed from Stella to Atlas21.[12][13] By July of that year, the company had undergone a major reorganization, and the VIP company name and label were dropped in favor of the Atlas21 name and Atlas label. Two new labels, "OZ" and "SAURS", were also introduced as part of the newly named Atlas21 studio.[12]

Sometime before 1997, Atlas21 joined with the Kuki group of companies,[14] which, in addition to Kuki, comprised Alice Japan, Max-A, Media Station (Cosmos Plan), Big Morkal and Sexia. They were, at one time, the largest family of AV companies in Japan.[15] Along with the other companies in the Kuki group, Atlas21 belonged to the voluntary ethics organization called (in English) the Nihon Ethics of Video Association (NEVA) or (in Japanese) 日本ビデオ倫理協会 (Nippon Bideo Rinri Kyoukai or Japan Video Morality Association), usually abbreviated as ビデ倫 (Biderin or Viderin).[16] Prominent AV actresses who appeared in Atlas21 videos in the late 1990s included Asami Jō, Jun Kusanagi, Yuri Komuro, Madoka Ozawa and Bunko Kanazawa.[17]

Recent history[edit]

In August 1998, the company revived the VIP name as a separate subsidiary company, Video Information Products Inc. (株式会社ビジュアルインフォメーションプロダクツ Kabushiki gaisha Bijuaruinfomēshonpurodakutsu?).[18] In addition to earlier Atlas21 AV stars Ai Kurosawa and Bunko Kanazawa, the new VIP also featured such actresses as Akira Watase, Nao Oikawa, Naho Ozawa and Riko Tachibana.[19]

In 2005, the Atlas21 company reported capital of 13 million yen (about $130,000USD), and it had 11 employees.[20] Both Atlas21 and VIP ceased production of new adult video products in December 2006.[21] From its official website, the company gives access to another site which offers downloads of many of the early classic videos produced by the company, including works by Hitomi Kobayashi, Rui Sakuragi and Ai Iijima.[22] The VIP label is now used by Media Bank (メディアバンク Media Banku?), another AV production company, which has been issuing videos under this label since at least 2001.[23]

Labels[edit]

Atlas21

In addition to the Atlas label, the studio also used:[24]

  • Gaia
  • Oz
  • Saurs

VIP

In addition to the VIP label, the following were also used:[25]

  • Chao
  • God
  • Ribon

Directors[edit]

Noted directors who have worked for VIP or Atlas21:

Actresses[edit]

A selected list of some of the actresses who have appeared in videos for VIP and Atlas21:

Series[edit]

Some popular series produced by Atlas21 and VIP:[26]

Atlas21

  • Cos-Para
  • Home Delivery Soapland 宅配ソープでございます
  • The Call Girl ザ・コールガール
  • The Neo Uniform Connection NEO出血大制服
  • The Uniform Connection 出血大制服
  • Violent Lips 激唇

VIP

  • Crime and Punishment 罪と罰
  • The Uniform Connection 出血大制服

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "プライバシーポリシー (Privacy Policy)" (in Japanese). www.vip-enterprise.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ "1981" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Otsubo, Kemuta (February 20, 2009). アダルトビデオクロニクル 81’~85’/2 (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. ^ "1983" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  5. ^ "1985" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  6. ^ ヴィーナスの水滴(したたり) (85年)  - 井上あんり (in Japanese). www.pureadult.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  7. ^ a b Otsubo, Kemuta (March 27, 2009). アダルトビデオクロニクル 86’~90’/1 (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Legs open way to 6 billion yen career". Mainichi Shimbun. December 13, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-01-07. Retrieved 2007-10-09. Astounding sales of her works in the formative years of the VHS era made her the ruler of the adult video world and led to her being dubbed as the 'AV Queen.' 
  9. ^ "1987" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  10. ^ "1989" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  11. ^ "1990" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  12. ^ a b "1994" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  13. ^ Otsubo, Kemuta (August 1, 2009). アダルトビデオクロニクル 91’~95’/2 (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  14. ^ "THE CITY Participants". Archived from the original on 1997-01-08. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  15. ^ "JAV Production Companies". memweb.newsguy.com. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  16. ^ "Fix for Japan Pop-Culture Addicts". Wired. April 12, 2004. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  17. ^ "Maker: Atlas21". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  18. ^ "1998" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  19. ^ "Maker: VIP". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  20. ^ "会社概要 (Company Profile)" (in Japanese). www.atlas21.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  21. ^ "2006" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  22. ^ "Atlas21 Official Site" (in Japanese). www.atlas21.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  23. ^ "DVD通販 > レーベル > VIP (VIP label DVDs - sorted by date)" (in Japanese). DMM. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  24. ^ "Atlas21". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  25. ^ "VIP". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  26. ^ "JAV Film Series". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 

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