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Geriatric porn star at work

April 14, 2009

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As photographers, we’re always looking for quirky and exceptional feature items, so when we got a chance to shoot Japan’s oldest porno star on the job, we knew we couldn’t miss it.

It took six months to open the door to this underground industry before we got to meet 75-year-old Shigeo Tokuda at work this week.

On our way to the movie set, we were excited about finally getting to cover the story, but what we saw during the filming was far from what we had imagined. This was no sleek movie production with sex gods and goddesses. The movie was filmed in a small, old house just outside Tokyo that was too shabby to be called a movie set. The floor was covered with dust and dead cockroaches.

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The director – a former porno actor who contracted a permanent slipped disk after exerting himself in more than 1,000 films - said he had paid 20,000 yen ($200) to rent the place for a day. For him, this is a high risk business, as he bears all the expenses. If his movie doesn’t sell, he’s out of pocket.

Another weight on his mind was 75-year-old Tokuda-san’s sexual performance. Any stage-fright from the leading man would mean the director’s expenses were all for nothing. For that reason, the director said he always carried a small bag of stimulants to help induce sexual drive.

The toughest role of all, though, seemed to be that of the leading lady. In this particular sado-masochisitic flick, the 36-year-old “housewife” was chained up and whipped, had candle wax dripped on her legs, and was ‘tortured’ with a vibrator before Tokuda-san had sex with her. We heard that she got less than 60,000 yen for all this, while Tokuda-san himself got much less. He also had hardly any breaks between scenes during the half-day of filming.

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The crew were thoroughly professional. In front of the camera, the actors took no time at all to act sexually aroused, however fake their ecstasy may have been.

On the way back to the office, we quickly agreed that working in porno movies must be one of the toughest jobs around.

Pictures and writing by REUTERS/Toru Hanai and Kim Kyung-Hoon

Comments

More Power to him.

 

amazing you could get that access,, great story

Posted by nir | Report as abusive
 

Hey Kyung-Hoon,
Just wondering if you used an SLR to shoot this, or a quieter camera?
Wouldnt it have been too noisy to photograph while they were filming the movie?

Cheers
N. Saim

Posted by Nobuta Saim | Report as abusive
 

Wonderful! That guy would never show up on http://thepornstarseeker.com LOL. Doesn he have any grandchildren perhaps??

 

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