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Plot: Searching for escape in Tokyo’s back alleys, a haunted English teacher explores love and lust with a dashing Yakuza, as their tumultuous affair takes her on a journey through the city’s dive bars and three-hour love hotels.
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Tells a potentially intriguing story about one woman’s fling with danger in the most slow moving and tedious way possible
Lost Girls and Love Hotels is a drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Hanrahan. Starring Alexandra Daddario in the lead role, it tells a potentially intriguing story about one woman’s fling with danger in the most slow moving and tedious way possible.
In Tokyo, Japan, American expatriate Margaret (Alexandra Daddario) teaches English pronunciation at a school for up-and-coming flight attendants. Margaret spends her nights with her friends Liam (Andrew Rothney) and Innes (Carice van Houten) wandering the streets of Tokyo getting drunk at bars and hooking up with random men at love hotels. One night, Margaret comes into contact with Kazu (Takehiro Hira), a high ranking member of the Yakuza and despite the latter due to be married soon, the two of them start a romantic relationship.
When done correctly, a film focusing around a forbidden romance can make for great entertainment. This is usually due to the escalating tension and that constant feeling of a startling revelation being what causes things to go wrong, or right in some rare instances. What “Lost Girls and Love Hotels” fails to understand is that there needs to be some kind of a draw for the audience to care about what is going on. At no point does the film ever attempt to make any of these characters even remotely interesting in what they do or what their motivations are. We are shown that the lead protagonist Margaret is in Japan because she wants to be as far away from home as possible, yet despite the plausible reasons she provides, it is difficult to feel any connection to her outside of mere surface-level sympathy. Likewise, her love interest Kazu is an infamous Yakuza member, of which are known for their brutality and strict code of conduct, but we never see him carrying out any activities related to the gang nor are we shown how much of a threat he can be. Instead, all of his actions are merely implied to the viewer, which defuses any explosive moments that could have made for a great story. In fact, if it weren’t for the scenes that show him brandishing Yakuza tattoos all over his body, I may have forgotten he was even part of such an allegiance.
Director William Olsson was clearly going for a noir vibe when shooting this picture, both thematically and appearance wise. The cynical outlook on life that the two lead characters seem to share helped make their chemistry all the more believable as they passionately made love while the shadows of the dimly lit rooms provided modesty where necessary. In spite of this, none of these sex scenes were as impactful as they should have been, instead feeling like an awkward attempt at padding, and I put the blame on poor pacing decisions on the director’s part. So many moments in this film either went nowhere or dragged on for an indiscernible amount of time, often causing me to lose interest. That’s not to say his technique was entirely ineffective, as there were a couple of shots that showcase how large and immersive the city of Tokyo can be to a foreigner, but as mentioned earlier, it is hard to feel anything towards our protagonist if we don’t care enough about them in the first place.
I give some credit to Alexandra Daddario for taking on a role like this, as it does seem like something of a step-up for her to be playing a character who isn’t simply a beautiful woman with little to no personality. Her character does at least come across as educated in what she teaches, and during the first half I wanted her to succeed, but all of that changed when she started making foolish and reckless decisions in the name of love. Those longing to explore new horizons in a foreign land might find this relatable but I found frustrating to watch as she took a downward spiral thanks to the constant mistakes she was making. Additionally, Takehiro Hira felt underused as Kazu. Although this may have been done deliberately to keep his Yakuza associations a mystery, it still would have been nice to actually be shown just how dangerous he could be.
In conclusion, it’s a shame that despite all of the potential being there that this film turned out to be such a disappointment. It seems like one of those times where the novel from which it was based on is likely much better than its film adaptation. Having never read the book, nor do I have any desire to do so, I’ll just have to assume that to be the case and accept this for the mediocre story it is.
I rate it 4/10
Boring and Shallow
If it weren’t for Alexandra Dadarrios huge blue/green eyes, She wouldn’t even be on screen. A boring romp through Tokyo’s one hour hotels with the usual characteristics of a loser attributed to lead character Margaret; chain smoker, chronic drinker and irresponsible worker. How rich, handsome Yakuza member Kazu would even find her even remotely attractive is dumbfounding. There was Zero chemistry between the 2 lovers. Glad I was able to fast forward through this film and relegate to a wasted 30 minutes.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery
Director William Olsson
Writer Catherine Hanrahan (book), Catherine Hanrahan (screenplay)
Actors Alexandra Daddario, Takehiro Hira, Carice van Houten, Andrew Rothney
Country Japan, USA
Production Company Blackbird, Wandering Trail Pictures
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format DCP