Child Pornography: Exploiting and violating small children for the consumption of aroused adults. Not actors or acting, not simulated sexual acts, not protected from harm: real children, real violation, real horrors. I find it reprehensible of anyone to make that comparison, downplaying REAL child pornography.
In Emperor Tomato Ketchup the people are actors. The children are actors, with the consent of their parents. And they are protected from REAL harm, which happens in the REAL world, where it's REALLY FUCKING SERIOUS.
There's exactly two scenes in ETK with naked children:
Scene 1) A young boy kisses a naked woman's body. The woman is a Terayama regular who in his other films plays the role of the woman who takes the young man's virginity.
Scene 2) A young naked boy is in bed with three or four naked women. They fool around in a playful non-serious manner for a while, and that's it.
Neither scene is arousing, nor is anyone violated.
In Japan child nudity is also viewed very differently from the West. In Japan it's completely normal to show naked children on television in the country's most popular comedy show sitting on an adult's face.
By the way, Kaneto Shindo, who's hailed as a Japanese great here, directed a film called Tree Without Leaves (1986) that has two scenes that are both FAR WORSE than either of those scenes. I won't spoil it, but damn, Nobuko Otowa (Onibaba, The Naked Island, Kuroneko) really enjoys sucking young boys' dicks with a smile on her face.
edit: word substitution
Last edited by themagician
on January 29th, 2013, 12:50 am, edited 1 time in total.