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PRINT Summer 2001

TV

“The Fuccon Family”

ON JAPANESE TV, the later the hour, the weirder the programming. After midnight (when station directors and major sponsors check out), things really get interesting. Anything goes—from violent cartoons to chat shows hosted by nubile young things in the altogether. In the US, the Bible Belters would have a field day—these aren't even pay channels—but no one in Japan seems to lose much sleep over the tawdry stuff.

Not, that is, unless they stay up late enough to catch Vermilion Pleasure Night, a wee-hours variety show directed by Yoshimasa Ishibashi, a member of the performance and video collective Kyupi Kyupi. During his show's first six-month run (new installments are planned), Ishibashi presented sexy homemakers leading cooking lessons in traditional Japanese verse and nurses spanking a xylophone of red-painted bottoms. But for black comedy, nothing rivaled his recurring

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