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AV FAQ. Provided as a courtesy by our resident JAV authority
"Tetsuwan Atom". He may be reached in our discussion
group if you have any questions or just want to discuss
things further. Happy reading.
little FAQ was intended to help people find resources to by
adult video from Japan on the Web. At the request of those good
people who run this site I've modified it to address lesbian
theme adult tapes from Japan. I'm biased . . . I love JAV. I
love lesbian tapes. Put them together . . . sugoi!! There are
a couple of other sites that give little tidbits about JAV,
but I don't think it presumptuous to say that you wont need
to go elsewhere to get information on JAV . . . and Japanese
lesbian video? Fuggedaboudit. And when Jen gets more JAV stock
in, this will be one stop shopping baby!
I. AV in general
"AV" is the term used in Japan for adult video.
It doesn't stand for adult video, that's just what it is called.
Videos contain hardcore sex, but mosaic censoring is used to "cover"
the genitals. Japanese law says you can't show genitalia. I don't
know why. This is the biggest complaint of most people regarding
Japanese videos. It doesn't bother me one bit; I never cared much
for close ups anyway. But if close-ups of insertions and such
are your thing, you should probably try something else.
big difference between US porn and AV is that most of the videos
focus on one girl. She will do two or three sex scenes within
the confines of the story, if there is one. Occasionally, the
video will include a solo scene or rarer still a lesbian scene
tossed in. This is the formula most all companies follow, especially
with the "stars,." who are called "idoru" or AV idols. I'm not
really sure what makes an idoru beyond her being proclaimed so
by her PR, but in general they are the cutest girls in the business.
common device is the "documentary" style video. There is no doubt
that Ed Powers was influenced by Japanese AV, especially in his
"Bus Stop" days. Most of the new girls break into the business
this way, being interviewed by the director-cameraman. The documentary
can extend beyond mere interviews into following the women through
major producer of vids is Kuki Japan, which has under it's umbrella
several production companies. They tend to get the best looking
women and have the highest production values. Kuki also does fund
independent and soft core movies for general release. The next
biggest company is probably Soft on Demand. They are what is called
an "indie" producer, and independent producer (not, presumably,
under Kuki Japan or Cinemagic). There is another big company called
Cinemagic. They specialize in esoteric video, SM, bondage, and
some lesbian themes. They also do the kind of work that can be
shown edited for pay cable networks like Sky TV. Very little of
their stuff is available outside Japan. Dream Mill Maker is a
distributor for a large number of "indies," labels that are small
and produce a small number of tapes that are for sale only. There
seems to be hundreds of indie labels, Mr President, Waap, U and
K, , Janes, the list is rather mind boggling. Very unlike the
system we have here where we have a lot of videos produced and
distributed by a relative few companies.
indie labels are like indie record labels in that they specialize
often times. They are like "amateur" productions like Channel
69 stuff (amateur vids in Japan are really amateur, like something
you might buy through some woman's web site). SOD produces a wide
variety of videos and some soft core "Girls Gone Wild" type stuff.
Janes specializes in soft core and lesbian vids, and so on. One
company might make a series of four vids on the same theme and
disappear. If the series is successful it might go on for a few
years. There are WAY more videos produced in Japan than there
are in the states. The sheer number of labels out there is mind
boggling. Of course that means some lame product, not every video
contains a gorgeous babe. Actually, being "cute" is more important
than being a knockout or sexy in JAV.
are a lot of things you can find among AV that you wont find in
the US; rape fantasy, bestiality, girls in school uniforms (not
the bobby socks/high heeled platforms uniforms they seem to wear
on the West Coast US), twin sisters having sex with EACH OTHER,
etc. Contrary to rumor, a girl must be 18 to make vids in Japan.
If you know anything about kiddie porn in Japan don't tell me
about it. I don't want to know. I would bet my autographed Bangles
album that those bestiality vids won't make it through customs.
You're welcome to try.
Japan is considered a somewhat homophobic culture. Gay men have
high media visibility, but are generally seen as deviant or subject
to ridicule. However, many ancient men in the ruling class had
young boys as lovers outside their traditional family relationship.
Lesbianism is considered completely abnormal by the mainstream.
There is no translation of "lesbian" in the language; the word
"rezu-bi-n" is used (usually shortened to rezu). Women generally
had no choice or power in sexual relationships (which brings to
mind an interesting thought in comparing straight sex JAV to lesbian
JAV; the men in straight vids rarely allow, for whatever reason,
aggression or assertiveness in the women. So in lesbian JAV, one
or both women can be assertive).
is interesting in this light is that there is no couples culture
in Japan as there is in the West. Husbands have their friends,
wives have theirs. So one would think that there was more opportunity
for lesbian relationships to develop extra-martially, and this
would be reflected in fiction and erotica. But it isn't. There
are no Unfaithful Lesbian Wives themes (but there should be!).
Some women talk of having something similar to the "lesbian in
college" syndrome that women began to talk about in the states,
that is, having a girlfriend is something done while a kid, but
then you grow up and take adult responsibilities. Nor does having
sex with another women necessarily mean you are a lesbian or bi
to Japanese women (Japanese people don't really like to talk about
themselves or define themselves as something outside the norm).
In a couple of very popular animated series, girls have had open
lesbian relationships ( though they were edited to Xena/Gabby
like suggestiveness for the US import version).
in this context you have lesbian adult video in Japan. Such themes
were rare in JAV, or kept to the province of the indie or underground
companies. Often the word "abnormal" was used in the titles for
lesbian video. Now, however, seeing the mid 90's lesbian chic
and the success of g/g video in the US, more is being produced.
Still, compared to the huge numbers of b/g vids, the numbers are
quite small. Also, as I've mentioned earlier, it is very rare
to find a lesbian scene within a JAV storyline.
biggest difference between JAV and US made lesbian videos is the
lack of industry stars who make them. Very few AV idols make them,
and when they do it is toward the end of their careers. Some stars
(Eve, Anna Kazuki, Ririka Komuro, Ram Nagase) have done them as
part of a mainstream video. Of course in the US it is nearly the
opposite; almost all the performers do g/g. So if you're hoping
to find Bunko Kanazawa or Azumi Kawashima or the like in a lesbian
video or scene, good luck. If you have . . . tell me about it!
you're probably asking why I should endure censoring, a language
barrier, and maybe lots of money in postage to watch some Japanese
women get all squishy with each other. Why don't I just rent "Slant-eyed
Sluts Who Lick Slits" at the corner shop? Weeeelllll, 1) Almost
all titles of US released Asian theme porn are too stupid to be
seen renting and borderline racist. 2) With Lezlove.com starting
to stock titles the postage wont be THAT bad, and 3) It's a whole
new world, different than what you're used to and new faces and
bodies to enjoy.
good things about JAV and JAV lesbian vids in particular: High
technical quality. Rarely does one have to worry about poor lighting
or orange tinted picture or some of the problems that crop up
in some US stuff. You rarely have some cameraman/director trying
to get a cheap feel and totally destroying the voyeuristic aspect
of watching the women. You get a wider range of product; that
is, you don't suffer to the whim of whatever trend is popular.
There are lots of different themes, lots of variety, the directors
use their imagination and come up with interesting situations
that they wouldn't (or sometimes couldn't) do in the US. Or, you
can get a compilation tape for a large overview. You get more
realism, which can be.
bad thing about JAV lesbian tapes is that occasionally you can
get a tape where the women are obviously not into other women,
or at least don't do a good job of pretending. The desire of the
Japanese consumer to preserve the voyeuristic aspect of porn sort
of dictates that the director doesn't try and alter too much the
action as it proceeds. Sometimes the women are rather timid initially
and later they warm to the task. Sometimes they don't warm to
it. But the typical AV director demands an orgasm from the performers,
which is probably why vibrators are used so profusely. Another
weakness in my opinion is that so many tapes end with the girls
riding the double headed vibrator. I really have a hard time believing
that all these women reach orgasm at the same time every time,
so it is kind of cool when one woman finishes and the other is
still going. Often the double header is substituted for with the
strap-on, especially when there is some kind of power relationship
implied (which I'll explain).
"seduction" theme seems to be the most popular theme in lesbian
JAV. The older girl ("sempai," "oneesan") will seduce a younger
girl or the younger girl will admit to having a crush on the elder.
Next is the First timer theme; a director will get two women together,
one or both of whom have never had sex with another woman. Next
is nampa or get, meaning "girl-hunt," or "pick-up," where a woman
goes out on the Tokyo streets to find someone to have sex with
on camera. Then there is "chikan" or molester style, girls getting
felt up by other girls in a public place like a train. Finally
there are the more US style vids which mimic the Vivid/Wicked
all girl series. There are also other common fetishes mixed in
with lesbian vids like gang bang, orgies, scat, bondage, rape,
with b/g AV in Japan, the most popular type of g/g it seems are
the school uniform, or burusera themes. Two girls in their high
school uniform together. This may be offensive to some western
eyes (but for private schoolboys like me it is really nice). The
Office Lady (which can be sales women or secretaries, apparently
any job where you wear pantyhose) theme is a strong second. There
are also nurses, "race queens," meter maids, flight attendants,
brides . . . this is called kosupure, or costume play, and is
as popular in straight vids as in lesbian.
are used more often in JAV than in US vids. This goes for both
b/g and g/g. They aren't of the variety you've come to expect
through the extreme US stuff with giant three foot long, six inch
wide dildos and double penetrations. They are usually tiny pocket
rockets for direct clitoral stimulation. So even if the girls
aren't really into the lesbian sex, you will be guaranteed someone
will orgasm, which can kind of make up for a lackluster performance.
Some companies insist on the "no orgasm without penetration" theme
catering perhaps to the male ego so it will be rare to see a video
from some companies where the women don't use sex toys of some
III. Who Does What?
are just a few of the many many companies out there. These are
the companies I am familiar with or that have a reputation regarding
lesbian video. I'll list a web site if available. These sites
will not be in English, but perhaps you can find some nice eye
candy. The product is rotated often so they wont have their entire
catalogue on line sometimes. We will begin carrying all of these
lines as we expand our inventory here on LezloveVideo.
Mill Makers distributes a great number of Indie productions and
the glut of the lesbian theme AV. Their product has ranged from
lesbian gang bang to a series where a woman wears a male wig and
a suit to incest. They really specialize in the "first time amateur"
style, though they do release some storyline vids.
specializes in lesbian vids. It is mostly schoolgirl and office
lady stuff with seduction themes. They seem to be quite successful,
though I haven't seen any.
(they have a site which is near impossible to navigate for the
kanji challenged) produces several lesbian vids under the Lilies
label. Storylines and high quality videography are their strengths.
Idoru like Junko Asamiya, Yuki Tsukamoto and Shinobu Hosokawa
have worked for CineMagic. They also specialize in SM and bondage
and of course some of their lesbian themes are SM.
Japan ( is increasing the number of lesbian vids and has an all
girl series called Finger Lesbian that is supposed to star "real"
lesbians. I've only seen clips from this one and I would like
to see others since the company is the biggest in the business
in Japan. The famous, long time AV star "Eve" has also done some
good lesbian tapes for Kuki. The almost all the big names in JAV
have worked for KUKI or one of their subsidiaries. Kuki's Tank
produced Lesbian Flea Market which is available at lezlove.com.
Within their major productions they do sometimes include random
lesbian scenes. They also did one of the early all girl tapes
by a major company. The series was called Triangle Lesbian, and
featured Ryo Hitomi, who was very big in the mid/late 90's. Here's
hoping they do some compilation DVDs as Cinemagic has done. They
do have an English language subscription site that offers streaming
video. It's worth the heavy price for a month or two with high
band Internet connection, but you'd probably rather spend your
money here. As far as providing information on new releases goes
it is weak as the English site is about five months behind the
has two long running lesbian series, Deep Lesbian and Sempai's
Request. They used to have a site but it seems they've changed
providers. I know they're still in business because they released
a few new videos last month.
On Demand ( has two directors that do lesbian themes, Tohjiro,
who does SM/bondage/style, and Chie Sugiwara, a real cute girl
who did the Deep Kiss series and the later parts of the First
Time Lesbian series (some of which are available at this site).
SOD may be the second most successful in JAV. Their big star Kurumi
Morishita has done a lesbian/SM tape for them. Warning, she lets
another woman urinate in her mouth in this one. I've seen clips,
though, and it looks good. Chie-san also directed a video shot
in Hawaii probably while filming a Deep Kiss vid . . . it was
available then it disappeared. It looked really good and it was
supposed to introduce a really cute B-level AV girl Rumi Shirakawa
to lesbian sex.
Dragon takes JAV idols of waning popularity and gets them to do
a lesbian tape in their Love X Love Lesbian series. I'm dying
to see my favorite Yuri Komuro in her version. It is directed
by another AV actress who is bisexual.
has done a lot of tapes in their "Yuri" line that I would like
to see but their stuff is not available here and is expensive.
They also do the extreme fetishes like scat and enemas. They also
do some "first timers" stuff and from what I can make out of their
web site they really are first timers paired with an experienced
woman. If I am not mistaken they even have a woman who picks up
a "paydate" girl! Interesting to say the least. Now they have
their own version of Deep Kiss style videos except that the action
is not spontaneous and is focused on one couple.
of the stuff I've seen is from DMM, Cinemagic, U&K and Kuki. I've
also got some stuff from Momotaro and V&R Planning, which used
to have the Hardcore Lesbian from Head to Foot series.
stuff: U&K's Sempai's Request was the first and IMO one of the
best. The girls are almost always cute, too cute, and the sex
is great, no vibrators or toys in the volumes I've seen, lots
released Apenza, which is an OL/seduction theme was a winner.
There are 8 in the series, I've seen four, and three were really
good. Their E Cup Lesbian and Lesbian Maker series are of the
"first timer" type and are really nice even though a few aren't
first timers. Both of these were edited and released uncensored
as part of Samurai video's Pearl Diver's series. The indie stuff
can be a little formulaic. The two girls will be interviewed,
each will have a masturbation scene, then kiss, a little oral,
vibrator play, double headed vibrator ride, the end. Even in tapes
that call for "acting" and no interview or masturbation, this
pattern will sometimes be followed. It can get a little boring
if you see one after the other of these kind of tapes.
stuff is high quality and of what I've seen the sex is good as
well. It can get a little weird at times, but that's what makes
the company stand out.
so much other stuff that looks as if it might be great, but not
being in Japan and not being able to rent makes it difficult to
judge by covers. If you have limited resources you might not want
to risk paying big for something and being disappointed. But this
is what I want to save you from!
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