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On a drab island with few discernible attractions, visitors from the mainland are greeted by a man with a furrowed brow and bleached hair, who reels off his sales patter in impenetrable dialect: “Eighteen thousand for a 50-minute quickie. Forty thousand for all night, a better deal. All Japanese girls.”

That would be Tokuta (Takayuki Yamada), the scout, handyman and resident punching bag for a brothel run by his brutish older brother, Tetsuo (Jiro Sato). The women whose services he advertises so ineffectually treat him with disdain, while Tetsuo generally doesn’t stop at that; even the local kids pick on him.

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