Directed by Ryu Murakami
Japanese novelist and filmmaker Ryu Murakami adapts
his novel Topaz, about a prostitute's (Miho Nikaido) search for
redemption. Ai falls under the spell of a charismatic dominatrix and tries
desperately to reverse her slide into cocaine dependency and sexual slavery.
"Murakami adeptly throws us off balance, with deadpan black humor and a
complex politic involving the notion of 'wealth without pride' " (Toronto
Film Festival). With Sayoko Amano, Tenmei Kanou and Masahiko Shimada.
Japanese with English subtitles. 112 minutes.