The Bleep Brothers

Director: Yoshiyasu Fujita


The Bleep Brothers is a sex farce with an edge, one that takes a caustic approach to celebrity, sex, television culture, and sibling rivalry. Of course, it delivers the requisite amount of naked bodies and obscene language while critiquing the very same elements.

Tatsuo and Ikuo have been raised by hard-working parents who run a funeral home. For relief, they practice games of manzai, a Japanese comic vaudeville performed in pairs. Tatsuo, the younger, grows up to be a tall and handsome chick magnet, while Ikuo, the older, is nerdy and unappealing in giant eyeglasses. He spies on Tatsuo's trysts to get material for their show, the Real Life Porno Comedy. With endless jokes about sex, organ size, and women, it's a sort of The Gong Show gone Japanese. The brothers are so foul that their TV appearances are censored, their lines bleeped out so heavily that the bleepspeak becomes all the rage and makes them stars. As they become the victims of their own success, only Fumie, a young woman of great purity and poverty, remembers who they used to be. Out of desperation, she hatches a plan to bring Ikuo to his senses.

Vulgar and wacky, The Bleep Brothers actually has a very old-fashioned structure and a moral message. The hero trips over his hubris and is felled, only to learn his lesson and return, improved, to the playing field, whereupon the order that has been upset is restored. In the end, all is in harmony once again. And the show goes on.

— B Ruby Rich

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