Ambiguous (film)

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Ambiguous
Ambigous (film).jpg
DVD cover for Ambiguous (2003)
Directed by Toshiya Ueno[1]
Production
company
Kokuei
Distributed by Shintōhō Eiga
Release date
December 9, 2003
Running time
63 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Ambiguous (曖昧 Aimai?) aka Waisetsu Netto Shūdan Ikasete!! (猥褻ネット集団 いかせて!!?) and Group Suicide: The Last Supper (集団自殺 最後の晩餐 Shūdan Jissatsu: Saigo no Bansan?) is a 2003 Japanese Pink film directed by Toshiya Ueno. It was chosen as Best Film of the year at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony.

Synopsys[edit]

In the movie, a diverse group of people, all with troubles in their daily lives, meet online and decide to commit suicide together. Isolated from society at large, they form a physical bond as the appointed time approaches.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Anglophone pink film scholar Jasper Sharp notes that there are two different audiences for contemporary pink films: The traditional pink theater-goer who is generally interested in seeing sex on the screen, and the devotees of pink cinema represented by such publications as P*G magazine and its website.[3] As with many of Kokuei's pink films, Ambiguous did not prove very marketable for the traditional softcore porn audience, in part because of its downbeat subject matter. However, when looked at as a film which happens to include sex scenes—Kokuei's approach to the pink genre—Sharp writes Obscene Internet Group "stands as one of the most genuinely insightful and of-the-moment films produced within the Japanese independent sector in its year."[2]

The readers of P*G magazine showed their approval of the film by awarding it Best Film and giving Hidekazu Takahara the Silver Prize for screenplay.[4][5]

Availability[edit]

Like many pink films, Ambiguous has gone under more than one title. Originally released in theatres as Obscene Internet Group: Make Me Come!!, the film was shown at the Pink Grand Prix under the title Ambiguous, the title under which it was also released on DVD in Japan and internationally. The film has also been released on DVD in Japan as Group Suicide: The Last Supper.[3] Sacrament released the film as "Ambiguous" on English-subtitled Region 2 DVD on 22 February 2006.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

English[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from 猥褻ネット集団 いかせて!! (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-05-26. ; 猥褻ネット集団 いかせて!! (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  and 集団自殺 最後の晩餐(2003) (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper. "Midnight Eye Round-Up: Pink Films special : Obscene Internet Group: Make Me Come!!". Complete Index to World Film. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 309–11, 364. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ "Best Ten of 2003 (2003年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ Toda, Miho (2004-04-30). "Infiltrating the "Pink Prize", the Academy Awards of the Pink Film: Not Only Erotic: Physical Sensation Report on the "Hidden Strength" of the Pink Film (ピンク映画界のアカデミー賞ともいうべき<ピンク大賞>に潜入エロだけじゃないピンク映画の"底力"を体感レポート! - Pinku eigakai no Akademiisho to moiumeki "Pinku taishō" ni sennyu: Erodakejanai pinku eigo no "sokochikara" wo taikan report!)" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Ambiguous (2003)". dvd-subtitles.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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Preceded by
A Saloon Wet with Beautiful Women
Pink Grand Prix for Best Film
2003
Succeeded by
Lunch Box