Pî-Pî Kyodai


In Osaka, Japan, brothers Tatsuo and Ikuo are the creators of a strange and extraordinary stand-up comedy routine, a show that could be described as "real life porno comedy." Their gimmick is as follows: Tatsuo, who is tall, handsome, and very well-endowed, seduces girls, while his older brother, the short and unattractive Ikuo, secretly watches them and then writes routines about it. The brothers are inseparable.

The duo has no success with an audience—they can't get any laughs on stage. Only other comedians appreciate their crude routines. They can't get on television either, censored by the strict broadcast regulations. As their failure continues, even their parents, who manage a funeral home, demand that they "give up that comedy nonsense!" But the brothers are determined not to quit.

One day, out of the blue, the world of television beckons. They get a visit from Arisawa, a famous producer, who loves their X-rated routine and doesn't want them to change a single word. They are thrilled and eagerly prepare for their television debut. But when their act is aired, they are furious at what they see—all the gag lines have been censored with a "bleep" noise! It was all a scheme cooked up by Arisawa, both to avoid broadcast regulations and to promote "aural censorship" as a topic.

The brothers are angry with the "bleep" but ironically, they find that they've become an overnight sensation. With their new moniker, "The Bleep Brothers" grow enormously popular. However, fame has its price and a gap between Tatsuo and Ikuo grows. And at the peak of their quarrels, Tatsuo and Ikuo lose the inspiration for their routine: Tatsuo, the sex machine, becomes impotent! Desperate and without any material, the two face a packed house at a major comedy show . . . they have no choice but to ad lib, something they've never done before. And in their typically crude manner, they begin by talking about Tatsuo's sex life, and he impulsively blurts out that he had sex with Fumie, Ikuo's wife. The audience is at first silent with horror, but it is Fumie who breaks the tension with a laugh. The rest of the audience joins her in raucous laughter—Tatsuo and Ikuo are a hit and the problems between them are reconciled.

THE BLEEP BROTHERS, a satire about censorship invading our life, is also a tragi-comedy between brothers, trifled with "bleep" and destroyed by society, whose fates unfold in a storm of jealousy, love and hatred.

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