Sex sells in GOODBYE BAD MAGAZINES, the story of Shiori, who lands herself a job in a Japanese adult magazine company. When wide-eyed Shiori finally lands her first job at a famous, prestigious weekly magazine publisher, she’s found herself in a bit of an entry level career bait-and-switch. Her magazine of choice is slowly winding down, and all the opportunities that remain are relegated to the ever-thriving adult section..
Though she eventually finds herself at home alongside a rag-tag group of misfit creatives, Shiori comes to discover just how unsustainable the business of adult print media is in a changing social landscape. In addition, the looming 2020 Tokyo Olympics may spell the death of the industry as the government moves to ban the adult mags from convenience store chains.
But the burning question at the heart of this voyeuristic character study is: what exactly is sex? And who is it for? The answers provides an insightful look into the often gendered sexual gaze of one of Asia’s most socially conscious countries. Featuring provocative imagery and no holds barred dialogue, GOODBYE, BAD MAGAZINES is an ode to the last chapter of adult print entertainment as it is replaced by the indulgences of the internet age and digital distribution. Featuring a frank, often humorous representation of the adult industry and those who work in it, director Shoichi Yokoyama treats the subject matter with the surprising respect of that of any office-based drama. We know one thing for sure, erotica will never be the same.
-Justin Gerard Ocampo