Evidence of Loli-kon (Lolita complex), Japan’s perennial sexual hangup, is everywhere you look these days. Less remarked upon, but arguably no less common, is its polar opposite, papa-kon, which a young woman yearns for a maturer, more experienced “daddy” figure to sweep her off her feet.

Thus, it’s no surprise that “27 Missing Kisses” — a postcard-pretty tragicomedy out of Georgia (that one in Eastern Europe, not the American South) about a 14-year-old girl with a crush on a 41-year-old man — is opening at Bunkamura’s Le Cinema, the Tokyo theater that, more than any other, has identified its tastes with those of young, fashionable, romantic OLs.

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