Zippers and Tits | Chicago Reader

Zippers and Tits

This glamorously moody exercise in erotic ethnography by Japanese video maker Koji Shirakawa (2001) studies two underworld hookers: Zipper is introduced with unfocused snapshots of his childhood and a woebegone voice-over: “All I know is that I lost something important. I can't remember what it was.” Blank faced, he turns tricks with men in a garbage-strewn alley, one of whom beats him bloody shouting, “I'm not one of you!” Tits's childhood snapshots are sunnier; “I had been and will continue to be nothing,” she announces. She turns tricks with rough-trade males, and a woman pays for the privilege of cursing her. The video benefits from its lush visual effects but has precious little grasp of its subjects. In Japanese with subtitles. 71 min.

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