The scene opens at the crossroads of one of the busiest roads in Tokyo city. Yuma (Mei Kamaya) is seen boarding the train to get to her home. Her mother comes to receive her at the station. The scene opens at showing the regular ongoings in the life of a physically disabled person. The plot begins to evolve in just a few minutes, where Yuma is shown creating outstanding Manga illustrations. Yuma suffers from cerebral palsy, a disease that restricts her to the chair and makes her dependent. Her mother (Misuzu Kanno) doesn’t let her daughter out of her sight and makes Yuma her only reason to live after her husband leaves her shortly after Yuma’s birth. Yuma is the ghost to Sakaya’s artistic succession. But is torn with the urge to find herself as an aspiring Manga artist. Opportunity strikes and Yuma finds herself applying for a job as a manga artist, that prints erotica.
That is exactly where the quest begins at! Yuma is asked by the publisher (Yuka Itaya) to experience sex for her to deliver convincing pictures. At first Yuma’s is tied down to the obligations to her family. However, she makes her way to the Japanese Red Light seeking paid sexual favours. Now, this is where the adventure has stepped up the pedal and makes headway to sound out her desires. At first, Yuma meets with someone, who feels really bad for her, tries taking her in but lands up profusely apologising as guilt gets the better of them.
When Yuma finds the right person, her mother attempts a lockdown, and then she liberates herself for good from her mother, in lieu of finding herself on the liberated pathway. But honestly, freedom can prove to be daunting in the initial days. It may have you want to come back to your old ways, and further degenerate your presence in captivity as Yuma is warned. A wrong decision can rob you of a better future.
The film is interestingly premised around the sexual needs and wants of the physically disabled. A film such as this can invoke a variety of sentiments, especially among the Indian’s like the point of view is least considered by most. It does take time for one to soak on the sentiments of the disabled, and kind of grows on one.
The plot takes time to pick up as consistently, as the story often plateaus out leaving viewers in a bit of a dilemma between switching off and wanting to know more. It is dangerous to arrive at such a juncture on part of the director, as this would involve taking a big risk.
An English dubbing to an international film such as this is much required to leave an indelible impact.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars