|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
New adult videos deal a low blow to manhood 2002,9,2
Shukan Taishu 9/16
Whatever you may feel about highly paid professional male ball game players who act like prima donnas, it's almost impossible not to feel some sort of empathy for them if a speeding ball slams into their lower groin region.
Perhaps that compassion goes some way to explaining the enormous popularity of a new genre of adult videos in Japan today.
Shukan Taishu (9/16) notes that loads of punters are getting their kicks out of flicks where chicks do kicks -- right between the legs of naked men.
Surprisingly, the main market for tamakeri (ball kicking) videos is apparently not among young women stressed out at living in a male-dominated society, but mostly young guys who get off on the idea of being punted in the privates.
"People started taking an interest in these adult videos about a year ago. The popularity started off among freaks, and then spread toward a wider audience until now it's quietly going through a boom," adult video commentator Jiro Takada tells Shukan Taishu.
"At first, the videos were only made by small, independent makers, but now the major companies have got in on the act. There must be 100 titles in all. The contents are bound to appeal to masochistic men and there are some works that are entirely devoted to scenes of men being kicked between the legs.
"Most of the videos finish with sex, though. They're nearly all made for sale, but about 20 percent are produced for the rental market. That's allowed them to develop something of a female following."
Fans, like the university student we'll call Akira, can hardly wait for a tamakeri video to kickoff.
"I recently asked my girlfriend if she'd kick me, but she looked at me as though I was some sort of weirdo,' he says.
"All I can do is watch the videos. The more painful it looks, the more excited I get."
A long-term worker in the adult video industry, Yuta as we'll call him, disputes the student's claims.
"He couldn't possibly feel like that. If you really get kicked there, it'd hurt like hell," he says.
"It's enjoyable because it's virtual reality. The point of the movies is that you can get a woman to do anything you want her to."
Writer Nobuhiro Hashimoto has a different reason to explain the pull of tamakeri videos.
"Why do movies that involve harming a man's penis sell so well in this country, which runs on an ideology of 'penisim?' It's because there's some sort of latent masochism in every man," he says to Shukan Taishu.
Tarzan Yagi, a former porno actor who turned to making adult movies when he went soft four years ago, has been one of the driving forces behind the production of ball kicking videos.
"You can't use professional actors, because you're making films about men being kicked in their most vital organ. If you did use them, they'd soon be put out of work. So we advertised in S&M magazines and over the Internet to find guys to appear in tamakeri videos. We had over 200 applicants. There weren't any particular standards regarding who was hired. I suppose the only requirement was an ability to stand erect after being kicked in the balls," Yagi tells Shukan Taishu, with a laugh.
"Having a fetish for being hoofed where it hurts isn't really something you can tell somebody else about. So, when we gathered all these guys with the same fetish together in the same place, they soon became friends. And the most respected of all the guys were those who could remain aroused no matter how many times they were kicked.
"Basically, guys who enjoy being kicked are what I call egotistical masochists. Despite being masochistic, they make the demands about where they want to be hurt. To give you an example, we had one guy who asked that he be blindfolded while the girl was kicking him so it would intensify the pain. These guys'll have blood pouring over their member, and their gonads will be drooping sadly like a worm, but they love every second of it.
"People who buy the movies are the types whose imaginations are stimulated by this idea."
Yagi notes that the movies are just as appealing for the girls who star in them.
"Most of the girls are actresses registered with employment agencies. Few of them get regular work. We know we'll get them at their angry best, because aside from the fact that they're hardly ever employed, they're furious to learn that they've got to work in a tamakeri video once the agency has finally found a job for them," he says.
"All that power that you see coming out of the girls in the video is a result of them relieving the stress and anxiety that has built up within them on a day-to-day basis."
Having basically conquered Japan, Yagi is far from knackered.
"I've got this plan to take 100 men and women to a deserted island to make this huge tamakeri video," Yagi tells Shukan Taishu.
"I don't want tamakeri to be popular just in Japan. I want them to be a hit throughout the world."
September 2, 2002