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Berlin Drifters

Country: Japan | Germany, Language: Japanese | English | German, 123 mins

  • Director: Koichi Imaizumi
  • Writer: Gengoroh Tagame
  • Producer: Jürgen Brüning; Hiroki Iwasa; Claus Matthes

CGiii Comment

This is NOT the 21st-century's version of Last Tango in Paris - obviously, whoever thought it suffering from delusion.

This is well-shot, undignified pornography. Name it, it's in here [and, some of it is extreme]...running at just over 2 hours, Koichi Imaizumi has made his 'actors' relinquish any sense of dignity they may have had.

It's that old worn-out argument all over again...[aspirational] porn 'stars' masquerading as bona fide actors.

As you would expect [from a porn film], there is little in the way of a story...character development hangs just above zero...but, it certainly looks good, cinematographically speaking.

It would seem that this misjudged film has ended the careers of both actors...and, it would seem the director too! Unsurprising!


'Berlin Drifters' trailer from habakari-cinema+records on Vimeo.

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The(ir) Blurb...

Koichi is a lonely Japanese man in Berlin, drifting from bar to bar every night. Ryota travels all the way to Berlin from Japan after meeting a German guy on a dating app. Ryota thought this is was meant to be a serious relationship and he is disappointed when the guy does not even let him stay for the night. Ending up in a dark room of a sex club, Ryota finally meets Koichi who agrees to let him stay at his place. These two lonely souls begin to embark on a journey together in a foreign city. This is the 21st –century version of Last Tango in Paris, danced by the men who continue drifting.

Cast & Characters

Lyota Majima as Ryota
Kôichi Imaizumi as Kôichi
Mioo Satô
Michael Selvaggio
Claude Kolz
Toby Ashraf as Man in car
Christian Slaughter
Bishop Black
Florian Hagen
Wieland Speck
Jürgen Brüning
Mitsuaki Kishida