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Never too old to be a porn star

June 23, 2009

Audio slideshow produced by Toru Hanai and Kim Kyung-hoon. A full story is listed below.

ICHIKAWA, Japan – He is a typical man of age — a few white hairs cover his round head and he wears dentures.

But 75-year-old Shigeo Tokuda sat on a movie set on Monday wearing just a silk kimono and loin cloth about to have sex on film with a woman who is younger than his daughter.

Tokuda is Japan’s oldest pornographic movie star and was shooting his latest film in which he portrayed a master of sex.

The director said the films showed people that their sex lives did not have to end with old age, and in 16 years of making such movies Tokuda has acted up with women ranging from their 20s to as old as himself.

“I debuted at 59, and have played in more than 200 porno movies since then,” he said, using his screen name, not his real one in an interview on the set.

“I wanted to challenge what ordinary people did not, so I decided to be a porno actor.”

In Monday’s film he used vibrators, whips and candle lights to show the master satisfying a 36-year-old actress. The film was not scripted.

Tokuda turned to the pornographic industry late. He lived a typical Japanese office worker’s life as a travel agent after graduating from one of Tokyo’s elite colleges.

The career sideline came about because he was unsatisfied with a lack of story lines in sex movies he’d seen, which led to a discussion with a film producer about whether he could do better.

It took a couple of years of thinking about it but Tokuda eventually took his pants off for the camera.

Since then, he has became a popular figure in porn movies for rent in Japan, with its rapidly ageing population and long life expectancy. One in five Japanese is over 65 years old.

“Other old men think they can do it because he can. The elderly can feel secure and encouragement when they see his films,” said Gaichi Kono, the director of Tokuda’s latest film.

Japan’s elderly are rejecting the idea that growing old means slowing down, said Chineko Araki, a professor of social welfare from Den-en Chofu University.

“More than 50 percent of men over 65 are eager to have a sexual relationship with their partners,” she said in an email interview.

Tokuda’s films will soon be offered to Japanese retirement homes, exports beckon and they may be shown on the Internet.

Tokuda says his wife and daughter pretend not to know and his friends will never guess.

“But my job makes me keep alive,” he says, adding he plans to keep going at least till he hits 80 years old.

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Interesting chap, and a very intriguing story, although this feature is plagiarism from a documentary story that appeared in Vice magazine some time ago.

Posted by Leo Scott | Report as abusive
 

Wow-well made story, Japan seems like the best place for the elderly.

Posted by Ethan | Report as abusive
 

This is very interesting article with interesting photo of a person.
I came to know that,more elderly people are living in Japan.
How to spend their hours with whom?
Let elders enjoy their life as per their wishes.
Happy news with our photographer.

 

very cool….

Posted by smooth | Report as abusive
 

Very interesting story and decent pictures.
Saw his movies on the web, give more power to him

Posted by mahogani | Report as abusive
 

경훈 형님 오랜만에 인사드립니다. 즐겁고 좋은일 하시네요 너무 재미있게 잘보았습니다.
성환형에게 이야기 들었습니다. 이 메일로 부탁하실 것 구체적으로 말씀해 주세요

hello kyng-hoon brother!!
long time no see
very interesting clip I expect to present somethig for your project
keep in touch me
bye take care so hot

Posted by jang min seung | Report as abusive
 

Hi Mr Kim!

I am a photography enthusiast in Quebec City Canada. I am using this means to contact you because I don’t know how to do so otherwise.
I saw your most amazing photo in today’s edition of the Globe and Mail, the one with the raindrops on the car window all showing a man walking past a stock index board. I am very moved by that picture and would greatly appreciate it if you could briefly explain to me how you went about to take it.

I respectfully thank you!

Michel

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