Frog Song

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Frog Song
Frog Song poster.jpg
Poster for Frog Song (2005) under its theatrical title, Paid Companionship Story: Girls Who Want to Do It
Directed by Shinji Imaoka[1]
Produced by Mitsuru Fukudawara
Kyoichi Masuko
Kazuto Morita
Written by Shinji Imaoka
Starring Konatsu
Rinako Hirasawa
Cinematography Issaku Maei
Edited by Shōji Sakai
Distributed by Kokuei
Shintōhō
Release dates
June 10, 2005
Running time
65 min
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Frog Song (かえるのうた Kaeru no uta?) originally released as Paid Companionship Story: Girls Who Want to Do It (援助交際物語 したがるオンナたち Enjo-kōsai monogatari: shitagaru onna-tachi?) is a 2005 Japanese Pink film directed by Shinji Imaoka. It was chosen as Best Film of the year at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony.[2] According to author Jasper Sharp, the title, "Frog Song" is a pun referring both to a full-sized frog costume found outside a train station and worn by one of the characters, and to the Japanese verb kaeru "to go home". The translation of the title of the film could thus also be "Going Home Song".[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Akemi is a housewife who discovers her husband has been cheating on her. She makes the acquaintance of a prostitute who hopes to become a manga artist. Another hopeful manga artist, Kyoko, also makes ends meet by working as a part-time prostitute. Akemi moves in with Kyoko and tolerating the practise of her profession while the two come to an understanding of each other's lives.[3][4]

Cast[edit]

  • Konatsu: Akemi Kudo
  • Rinako Hirasawa: Kyoko Ito
  • Takeshi Itō: Jiro Kiyokawa
  • Yōta Kawase: Saburo Kiyokawa
  • Kurumi Nanase: Nagisa
  • Mutsuo Yoshioka: Kudo

Critical reception[edit]

The Pink film community awarded Frog Song with the title of Best Film at the Pink Grand Prix. Honors given to the film also included the Best Actress award, which was given to lead actress Konatsu, and Best New Actress for Rinako Hirasawa.[5][6]

Allmovie calls Frog Song a "playfully eccentric slice of pink cinema".[4] In his Behind the Pink Curtain, Anglophone pink film scholar Jasper Sharp writes that it is the upbeat nature of Imaoka's films which have helped make them popular with film audiences. Pointing out the musical scene which concludes the film, he writes, "...Another key to the popularity of Imaoka's films is that they often end on such uplifting high notes."[3]

Availability[edit]

The "Frog Song" title, used on DVD release

The film was first released theatrically under the title Paid Companionship Story: Girls Who Want to Do It. As with many pink films it was retitled when it was released on DVD. It was first released as Frog Song on DVD in Japan on January 14, 2006. It is under this title that the film is most widely known, and it has retained this title in international releases.[3][7] Using the Frog Song title, Sacrament released the DVD with English subtitles in the U.S. on November 13, 2007.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

English[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from 援助交際物語 したがるオンナたち (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Awards for Enjo-kôsai monogatari: shitagaru onna-tachi (2005)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ a b Frog Song at AllMovie
  5. ^ "Best Ten of 2005 (2005年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Rinako Hirasawa". Pink Eiga. Retrieved 2009-05-26. [dead link]
  7. ^ かえるのうた(2005) (in Japanese). www.allcinema.net. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Frog Song (2005)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
Preceded by
Lunch Box
Pink Grand Prix for Best Film
2005
Succeeded by
Fascinating Young Hostess: Sexy Thighs