Presented by Japan Foundation

Canadian Premiere
Selection 2021 On Demand

Sexual Drive

Directed by Kôta Yoshida

Virtual Screening


Official selection

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2021
Moscow International Film Festival 2021
Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival 2021


Kôta Yoshida


Kôta Yoshida


Manami Hashimoto, Ryô Ikeda, Mukau Nakamura, Honami Satô, Tateto Serizawa


Film Movement

Japan 2021 70 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre Drama

Gather ‘round for three steamy stories of food and sex, all of which are prompted by a mysterious host (the inimitable Tateto Serizawa of FUKU CHAN OF FUKU-FUKU FLATS), armed with nothing but a bagful of shameful secrets and an incongruous box of chestnut to give his unsuspecting victims! Whether a married designer who worries about a sexless life and his natto (fermented soybean) obsessed wife; an office worker, who turns to the fiery depths of mapo tofu as the entry point to her fetishes; or an advertising agent who ponders whether or not end the relationship with her lover in front of a steamy bowl of extra-fatty pork ramen… All will discovers things they didn’t suspect about their sexual lives…

New-school pinku maestro Kôta Yoshida returns with what is perhaps his most provocative film yet: a pinku (erotic film) featuring absolutely no sex at all! Indeed, SEXUAL DRIVE proves most fascinating as an exaggeration of pink cinema’s usual pornographic playbook – which is usually predicated on a series of requirements for its directors to fulfill – while revealing just how powerful suspense, suggestion and innuendo can be when positioned at the crossroads of food, sex, hunger, and libido. With its typically brisk running time, requisite erotic content and vicious unraveling of domestic life, SEXUAL DRIVE unfolds like a tongue-in-cheek subversion of audience’s expectations for the genre, while managing to leave a viewer aroused, perhaps even salivating... shall we say, intellectually and otherwise. – Ariel Esteban Cayer