Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1968)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The title character, played by Tadanori Yokoo, takes the first step on the road to ruin when he steals an inconsequential item from a bookstore. Caught in the act by the shopgirl (Rie Yokoyama), the shoplifter becomes the girl's sexual partner-and virtual slave. The film is rife with erotic symbolism that will be lost on no one. Originally titled Shinjuku Dorobo Nikki, Diary of a Shinjuku Thief is director Nagisa Oshima's homage to controversial French author (and unregenerate thief) Jean Genet.

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sex, sexual, shopgirl, shoplifting