Naked Continent

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Naked Continent
Directed by Sakkun
Studio Natural High
Distributed by Soft On Demand
Release dates May 1, 2006
Running time 90 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Naked Continent (裸の大陸?) is an award-winning Japanese adult video (AV) from 2006 which spawned a series of seven sequels.[1]

Original[edit]

The first Naked Continent video was released on May 1, 2006 by the Natural High studio, part of the Soft On Demand (SOD) porn conglomerate. The movie is in a documentary travelog format as it follows a Japanese adult video (AV) actress(Kaoruko Wakaba) and the filming crew from Japan to Africa. Scenes with local people and various wildlife are interspersed with sex scenes in the 90 minute video.[2] The director was Sakkun (サックン?) who has directed several other movies for Natural High.[3][4]

Naked Continent was the Natural High entry (labeled OPEN-0654) in the 2006 AV Open contest which was decided by most sales during the period May-June 2006. The video, which was entered in the Challenge Stage for new directorial talent, took the 1st Place Award and was also given a second special award by the judges.[5]

Sequels[edit]

Five sequels and a compilation DVD have been issued by Natural High in the three years since the original video was released. All were also directed by Sakkun.[1]

  • Naked Continent 2 (裸の大陸2?) was released on October 19, 2006 with production code NHDT-379. The 90 minute video starred Naoko Imokawa. The same documentary travelog mode was used but this time the scene of action was villages in Papua New Guinea.[6]
  • Naked Continent 3 (裸の大陸3?) was released on March 8, 2007 with production code NHDT-423. The 90 minute video starred an unidentified actress. Once again in the traveog documentary style, this video is advertised as taking place down the Amazon River in a canoe.[7] The video ranked number 18 in sales for SOD for October 2007.[8]
  • Naked Continent & Naked Continent 2 (裸の大陸&裸の大陸 2?) was released by Natural High on November 8, 2007 with production code NHDT-548. This 180 minute compilation video combined the original Naked Continent and the sequel Naked Continent 2 into a single package.[9]
  • Naked Continent 4 (裸の大陸4?) was released on May 8, 2008 with production code NHDT-634. The 95 minute video starred AV actress Yuka Osawa. The area visited is described only as unexplored regions without cell phones.[10][11] This version also sold well, ranking number 9 in sales for SOD for November 2008.[12]
  • Naked Continent Charity Project (裸の大陸 チャリティープロジェクト?) was released on September 18, 2008 with production code NHDT-704. The 160 minute video starred actress Nana Saeki and in addition to the standard travel and sex scenes, this edition of the series features Saeki working as a volunteer with a charitable organization and children in Kenya.[13][14] The Charity Project video was the 9th place bestseller for SOD for March 2009.[15]
  • Naked Continent 5 (裸の大陸5?) was released on March 5, 2009 with production code NHDT-783. The 90 minute video starring actress Yuu Shiraishi was located in a "tribal" area.[16]
  • Naked Continent Remix - Popular Actresses vs Savage Natives - 4 Hour Special (裸の大陸リミックス ~「人気女優VS野蛮原住民」4時間特番スペシャル~?) was released on December 19, 2009 with the production code NHDT-911. The four hour compilation DVD combines selected scenes from all six of the previous Naked Continent videos.[17]
  • Naked Continent 6 (裸の大陸6?) was released on April 22, 2010 with the production code NHDT-959. The 120 minute video stars actress Yui Takagi and once again the crew and actress travel to Africa to exchange cultures.[18]

Charity project[edit]

At a press conference in Shinjuku, Tokyo held in August 2008 by Natural High to promote the Naked Continent Charity Project video, the company announced they would be taking part in a charity project in Kenya. Sakkun, the director of the "Naked Continent" series, said he was struck by the poverty of children in Africa in his previous trips to the continent and he wanted to do something to help. The company was turned down by some charitable groups but found one organization who was interested, the Musona Self Help Group (MSHG), which helps orphans in western Kenya. Natural High donated 1 million yen (about $10,000) to the group with a further donation of 1000 yen (about $10) for each copy of the Naked Continent Charity Project DVD sold.[19]

However, after returning from Africa and editing the video, Natural High ran into problems. Japanese AV producers belong to one of several voluntary ethics organizations which police video content and the mosaic pixelation to obscure the genitals required in Japan. Natural High, like other SOD companies, belongs to the Content Soft Association (CSA) which was created by Soft On Demand.[20] CSA insisted that the company use the mosaic on the faces of all children shown in the video since the video also contained sex scenes (the children were not present at any of the sex scenes). Director Sakkun said it was sad that all the children's smiling faces would have to be obscured.[21]

When English-language versions of the Japanese articles about the video appeared, they prompted commentary and expressions of moral outrage (from several different perspectives) about pornography and exploitation. These accounts all state or assume that the actress is having sex with "tribesmen", something not found in the original Japanese articles or the Natural High descriptions.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Film Series: Natural High - Naked Continent 裸の大陸". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  2. ^ "裸の大陸" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Sakkun サックン". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  4. ^ "月額動画 ソフト・オン・デマンドch > 監督 > サックン(さっくん)" (in Japanese). DMM. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. ^ Otsubo, Kemuta (July 12, 2006). "速報!AV OPEN結果発表 (Preliminary AV Open results)" (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ "裸の大陸2" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  7. ^ "裸の大陸3" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  8. ^ "2007-10 Top 30" (in Japanese). ec.sod.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-18. [dead link]
  9. ^ "裸の大陸&裸の大陸 2" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  10. ^ "裸の大陸4" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Naked Continent 4". X City. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  12. ^ "2008-11 Top 30" (in Japanese). ec.sod.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  13. ^ "裸の大陸 チャリティープロジェクト" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  14. ^ "NAKED CONTINENT: CHARITY PROJECT FOR KIDS IN AFRICA". X City. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  15. ^ "2009-3 Top 30" (in Japanese). ec.sod.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-18. [dead link]
  16. ^ "裸の大陸5" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  17. ^ "裸の大陸リミックス ~「人気女優VS野蛮原住民」4時間特番スペシャル~" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  18. ^ "裸の大陸6" (in Japanese). Natural High. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  19. ^ Otsubo, Kemuta (August 25, 2008). "あの過激メーカーがチャリティーAV!?" (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  20. ^ "CSA Members" (in Japanese). CSA. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  21. ^ Otsubo, Kemuta (August 25, 2008). "あの過激メーカーがチャリティーAV!? 2" (in Japanese). All About. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  22. ^ See "Charity Porn Saves African Orphans". www.sankakucomplex.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. , "PORN PRODUCER WITH A HEART OF GOLD". contexts.org/socimages. Retrieved 2009-07-17. , "Oooh, Your Charity...it's SO BIG". wrongingrights.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. , "Charity Porn". www.thefword.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-07-17.  and others