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getting colder ♪ ♪ sha la la la la sha la la la la la ♪ ♪ sha la la la la sha la la la la la la ♪ >> anthony: what do you need to know about tokyo? deep, deep waters. the first time i came here, it was like -- it was a transformative, uh, experience. it was a powerful and violent experience. it was as if -- it was just like taking acid for the first time. meaning, what do i do now? i see the whole world in a different way.
um, i often compare the experience of going to japan for the first time, going to tokyo for the first time, uh, to what -- what eric clapton and, uh, pete townsend must've gone through. the reigning guitar gods of england. what they must've gone through the week that jimi hendrix came to town. you hear about it, you go see it. the whole -— a window opens up into a whole new thing. and you think, "what does this mean? what do i have left to say? what do i do now?" ♪ welcome to tokyo. you are not invited.
this is the other tokyo. 12 hour flight, and i'm baked. no sleep. might as well -- must go out. ♪ the kabukicho district near my hotel has the advantage of being where the subterranean life, the repressed ids of the japanese male and some females, too, comes out to play. joining me is japanese film producer and production manager masa kakubo. always a good sign when protective chains separate entertainers from the soon to be entertained, right? prepare yourself for the greatest show in the history of entertainment. ♪ ♪
okay, i gotta tell you, uh, i've seen jimi hendrix -— >> masa: uh, have you? >> anthony: i've seen janis joplin. i've seen david bowie. >> masa: uh huh. >> anthony: diamond dogs, i've seen colleen dewhurts and jason robards in moon for the misbegotten directed by jose quintero on broadway. >> masa: oh. >> anthony: considered one of the greatest productions ever in the his -— this was the greatest show i've ever seen in my life. it had it all. it was the greatest show in the history of entertainment. i don't understand it. i'm completely confused. there's like, 100 people working on that show, millions of dollars' worth of like, robots and technology. >> masa: yeah. >> anthony: how do they make money? >> masa: well, one thing for sure about this area is that quite a lot of businesses are unspoken but governed by the yakuzas. >> anthony: the yakuza, that's the fraternal organization prominent in the entertainment and financial services sector, as they say. who is said to, um, supervise
things here in shinjuku. principally, your arcades, you have gambling, pachinko, adult entertainments. your porn shops and sex clubs, along with other ancillary services. but how much actual boning is going on in the sex district? generally speaking, it's more a field of dreams than the actual act of sex. hostess cafes, for instance, where a lonely, overworked, salary man can find the attention of cute, seemingly adoring girls who find their every utterance fascinating. so now, a hostess bar is, i just want somebody to tell me i'm fantastic. "you're so interesting. your job is interesting. you are a very sexy man." >> masa: yeah. >> anthony: i don't care what your wife says. i think you're really interesting. >> masa: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> anthony: penetration, maybe by a q-tip in the ear. followed by a personal love spell, in this case, to make your tea taste better.
♪ ♪ okay what is this place? what's happening here? >> masa: oh, this is a, um -- >> anthony: are these boys? >> masa: young boys host clubs for -— not for men, but for middle aged ladies who are bored with the regular housewife's life. >> anthony: well, wait a minute. you got like, a million guys wandering around here looking to get -- and then, you've got a whole bunch of bored middle aged housewives coming in here. >> masa: spending, spending quite a lot of money. >> anthony: why don't they go to the same club and somebody will actually have sex? >> masa: people don't like getting rejected, so they sort of like, pay for their pleasure. and then, it make you feel welcome and maybe you can feel like, hmm, i'm not that bad after talking to those girls or boys. >> anthony: that's the saddest thing i've ever heard. >> masa: well. >> anthony: no, that's -- heartbreaking, dude. [ laughter ] is the business of shinjuku dreams? >> masa: it is more for the
dream of doing so, which is never going to happen. >> anthony: really? all of this? i mean, it is a very enticing -- i mean, look at this. wait a minute. she looks like she really likes me. look, she's got her tongue tucked up in the corner of her mouth. >> masa: who? which one? >> anthony: oh no, oh, uh -- >> masa: that's a boy, though. >> anthony: oh, -- hell. [ laughter ] whatever. golden gai. long my favorite place to drink in tokyo. hundreds of micro sized bars, each different from the other, with their own micro crowd. i love it here. god, i've actually never been here before. maybe i have, i don't know. this place is one of masa's favorites, bar albatross.
a few seats, strong drinks, the definition of a hole in the wall. now, do people come from -— come here right from work? drink all night and then go back to work? >> masa: oh, salary men. >> anthony: salary men? >> masa: hmm. >> anthony: would a salary man bring his wife here? so look, in, in america, uh, the bartender is like a priest -— >> masa: so you come and talk to them? >> anthony: i can tell them all of my problems. >> masa: ahh. >> anthony: and i could behave very badly and he will never talk. ever. >> masa: ah, ah. >> anthony: this is the contract. >> masa: hmm, okay. anthony: absolute confidentiality. >> masa: mm hmm. >> anthony: do i have that kind of arrangement here now?
so i have his implied guarantee of total security? >> masa: yeah. >> anthony: so if i came here with some dinosaur riding ho in a bikini. it would be -— i mean -— no, you don't have to ask him. it's okay. [ laughter ] oh man. this is a great country. every chef i know wants to die here. >> bar customer: is that about the food? >> anthony: because the food is awesome. >> masa: yeah. >> anthony: and because we, i think, all of us understand that we don't understand anything about japan. and i totally don't understand the porn here. >> masa: in what way? >> anthony: why is it okay -— you can't -- somebody with a penis, but you can -- them with an octopus tentacle? >> masa: hmm. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> anthony: in japan, there is a very old, very deep and very rich tradition of martial arts. many styles, many schools. the yonekura gym in toshima ward focuses on boxing, and this man, kenji yonekura, is a legend. having trained generations of fighters using a simple and effective philosophy that has some real application to our story. there it is, pasted on the wall behind the ring. one, speed. two, timing. three, distance. this same idea applies to the convention shunning sushi techniques of new york city legend naomichi yasuda. until recently, the chef partner of one of the very best, if not the best sushi restaurant in new
york, the eponymous sushi yasuda. a short while ago, under very mysterious and completely misreported circumstances, he left the manhattan restaurant which still bears his name. and at age 52, moved to tokyo to start all over again. i was determined to track him down and see what the hell he was doing. these days, this great man is running a 14 seat sushi bar in the minato district of tokyo. his wife, naomi, is his only helper. >> yasuda: uh, welcome to new place. uh, thank you for coming. >> anthony: why did you do such a hard thing? >> yasuda: uh, this city, uh, tokyo, this is kind of the -- the mecca of the sushi. so, i just want to be the sushi chef in tokyo.
>> anthony: yasuda is a friend, and my master in the sense that he's taught me pretty much everything i know about sushi over the years. he's a very, very interesting and complex man, who constantly surprises. >> yasuda: tony-san, this wasabi is one of the most expensive wasabi. so, i wait, wait, wait. uh, finally, this one goes to the, uh, discount box. then, i bought this. >> anthony: that's very french of you. [ laughter ] so many things separate yasuda-san from other japanese sushi masters. the most noticeable is his hands. they're huge. look at the knuckles, enormous from years of pounding cement walls during repeated daily practice in kyokushin karate. he first trained and competed in tokyo. and when he came to new york, he continued to practice.
often, in underground, bare-knuckle matches, where you fight until someone gets beaten to the ground. this style, yasuda practiced, was about beating your opponent as quickly and as aggressively as possible. speed. every second is important. rice is getting cold. seaweed is getting soggy. fish, less than perfect temperature. look at his posture. a fighter's stance. distance, knowing the perfect spot to be. moving in and out as needed. never out of position. timing, reacting to his customers' pace of eating. their ever-changing desires, always ready for the next move. most people who don't understand sushi, who go to a sushi bar and say, "oh, i had the best sushi last night. the fish was so fresh. it was right out of the ocean." >> yasuda: uh, the freshest fish, there is no taste. it's just chewy, just hard.
and, uh, people think, "oh, freshest should be good." but, it, it wasn't. >> anthony: yasuda's menu changes constantly with what he finds in the market. and like thousands of other sushi chefs, he heads every day to tsukiji, tokyo's central fish market. where nearly 3,000 tons of the world's best seafood arrives every day. but unlike most others at his level, who arrive at 4:00 a.m. to cream off what they perceive as the best and freshest, yasuda-san arrives later. he does not buy the ridiculously expensive otoro, the fatty belly meat of the blue fin tuna, that people have been known to pay hundreds of dollars a pound for. instead, he buys tuna from the heads, using his knife skills to go for qualities that most others miss. removing every bit of sinew from what would otherwise be a difficult piece of meat. in tow, it's well, perfect. and he cures the results, actually cures it.
breaking down its molecular structure in a desirable way by freezing it quickly in a medical-grade blast freezer, where it will stay for a week or longer at minus 82 degrees celsius. he pioneered this technique years ago in new york, where, if you bothered to ask, he would've proudly told you that the absolutely unbelievably sublime piece of perfect sushi you were eating was frozen. mm, delicious. >> yasuda: thank you very much. >> anthony: which is more important, the rice or the fish? >> yasuda: rice. >> anthony: or what percentage? >> anthony: rice? more important? >> yasuda: uh, about 90%. >> anthony: wow, that's -- >> yasuda: fish is a second ingredient. the main ingredient is rice. so, my sushi is rice. [ laughter ] >> anthony: yasuda, he still trains, though his fighting days are over. he says he was tired of hurting people.
he brings me to kameo dojo in asakusa to try and show me how his sushi technique and kyokushin karate are one in the same . kameo, the master. >> yasuda: nice. many other people ask me, "what's the point between the karate and the sushi?" but, uh, this movement is, uh, so much good for the, uh, when i make my sushi. because of the, uh, stance. all the other different type of karate, uh, the stance is a little bit more upper.
so this karate is a stance, is a little bit more deep. this. so, standing in front of the, uh, cutting board. a little bit of a deep stance and movement. deep stance and the body will do this and the watch -- the through the middle from left to the right, like focus. move this, move this. there, watch this and watch this. this is one of the key. so, this karate is my sushi roots. >> anthony: now, in an official tournament -- >> yasuda: mm-hmm? >> anthony: a two-minute round -- >> yasuda: a two-minute round, yes. >> anthony: and the result you're looking for is points?
>> yasuda: points or a knock down. >> anthony: right. >> yasuda: but the two minutes fight. uh, one minute is a fight. that's the most hardest. >> anthony: if it's underground, you could just work on their legs for five, seven minutes to slow them down. >> yasuda: yes. >> anthony: and then you go in. >> yasuda: yes, and no compromise, just do it. whatever may happen, no excuse. see, see the result, good or not. if it's bad, try again. don't give up. >> anthony: right. >> yasuda: this is my sushi. [ laughter ] >> anthony: perfect. ♪ jeff's been to the bottom of the ocean. the tops of mountains. and wherever this guy runs off to. a life well lived should continue at home.
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represented. places where a hard-working salary man can have a beer. or some sake or many beers and many sakes. and, salty, savory, pickly delicious snacks that go brilliantly with alcohol. >> bartender: this is beer. >> anthony: please, yes. tomika brings me to one of them, daitoro, to meet some friends. ♪ there's kusaya, grilled, fermented fish. followed up by some skewers of beef intestine and chicken. this place is well known for motsunabe, or intestine stew with miso. so we order some of that as well. this is naga, invited along to help translate. naga runs a custom service company but he also teaches pole dancing for men.
then, there's this man, kinoko hajime. one of the best known and most respected practitioners, a master of shibari, the art of ropes, beautiful knots, of what, for lack of a better word, we call bondage. so how big is the, uh, sadomasochistic community? how many people are active participants? >> naga: a hundred -- a hundred thousand people. >> anthony: a lot. >> naga: a lot. >> anthony: this is shibari, translation, to bind. and to make things more confusing for those looking for a concise takeaway, a comfortable reaction to what sure as hell looks pretty disturbing. tomika who spends most of her time whipping, burning, and generally abusing men, enthusiastically reverses roles in her longtime relationship
with hajime. uh, it looks like, um, a very delicate procedure. does it hurt or does it feel good? >> naga: of course, but this pain change to the ecstasy. what she said, when she was tied up, no need to think. just leave it to -- she loved that. ♪ >> anthony: performance art, craft, fetish or compulsion. it's an old and shockingly omnipresent feature of japanese popular fantasy culture. magazines, movies, even comic books. the intricate restraint of a willing victim, well, it's there. not far from the surface.
what percentage of japanese men are interested in either tying up women or subjugating women? >> naga: all of them. >> anthony: all of them? well, then, the question is, how many japanese men like to be tied up? >> naga: yeah, all of them. >> anthony: so in your experience, all japanese men like to tie women up, but in your experience, all japanese men like to be tied up . who's more -- up sexually? americans or japanese?
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creatures of our imagination. to arm ourselves for the brutal realities of the real world, real combat, real sex. in japan, increasing numbers of people don't. they continue to live a life inside four walls. inside their mind, the life we call of the computer geek, the nerd, as avatars. there's a name for it, a whole subculture of what's called otaku. once a derisive term, now, a proud identifier of the geek. one who has turned his back on the real world to find satisfaction elsewhere. manga, or comic books, hold a different place in the cultural landscape here, and address different needs. there's yaoi, for example, otherwise known as boys love manga, extremely popular with teenage girls. stories change, but the core themes are sexually ambiguous boys getting very friendly with each other. what legions of young girls and
soccer moms find compelling in the thousands of these titles is something of a mystery to outsiders looking in. but there they are, whole sections of manga bookshops dedicated to basically one direction type boy band figures having sex with each other. yaoi isn't generally explicit, though it can be. some of the most popular manga are, however, lurid, over the top, illustrated stories of incredible violence, rape, murder, and sexual fetishism. toshi maeda is a manga creator like few others. the father of what could only be described as tentacle porn. his 1986 manga, "urotsukidoji" was about half-human, half-beastial space invaders in search of an evil supreme being. it contained unbelievably graphic, lurid, violent, and one would argue, offensive images of sex acts involving not sexual
organs, but other protuberances. it became a huge hit and has been imitated widely over other manga and in live-action films. a whole genre of lurid and extraordinarily well-drawn madness. at this restaurant, toshio tries to explain. >> toshio: you know, this girl seems like, uh, a high school girl. so -- >> anthony: mm-hmm? >> toshio: basically, it's forbidden. it's our sense -- >> anthony: notice, by the way, the distinguished owner and her complete lack of shock or offense at the graphic, frankly, horrifying images of rape, violation, and murder spread casually across the table for all to see. japanese manga, ones that everyone reads on the subway home, even, well, they're different. the big breakthrough was you couldn't draw penises, you couldn't draw specifically
orifices, you couldn't actually show humans penetrating each other. >> toshio: in japan? >> anthony: right. >> toshio: it was a big no-no at the time. so, i invented tentacles -- >> anthony: right. >> toshio: to be evasive about the law. >> anthony: also, demons. >> toshio: demons. >> anthony: that's fantastic. whether you meant to at the time, you absolutely changed the world of manga. you created an entire spectrum of pornography that didn't exist before. if you go -- if you go to youtube now, there is tentacle manga. >> toshio: mm-hmm. >> anthony: there -- and tentacle and demon manga. there is -- >> toshio: and demon. >> anthony: tentacle and demon, uh, anime. >> toshio: mm-hmm. >> anthony: a lot. ah, that looks good. for dinner there's katsuo tataki. fresh bonito seared quickly over a flame arranged in bite-sized pieces garnished with daikon, fresh greens, sprouts.
toshio comes here often for the tomato nabe, commonly a favorite of sumo wrestlers as part of a weight-gain diet. basically it's a hot pot of meat and vegetables. chicken, pork, beef, fish balls keep getting fed into the pot. usually alongside much beer and rice. adding that much-needed bulk-up factor so important to sumo wrestlers and cable tv hosts. so, appealing to the hidden desires of a manga-buying audience. men want filthier, dirtier, more violent? >> toshio: in japan, you can't be rude in public. >> anthony: right. >> toshio: but you need to just say, you know, i can say that, letting off steam. >> anthony: right. >> toshio: so, probably the manga is the one way to do that. >> anthony: what do women want? generally speaking, what do women want in manga? >> toshio: yaoi. >> anthony: yeah? >> toshio: yeah, boys love, you
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>> anthony: the pop music scene in tokyo is not that different from ours. with an accent though on pretty boy bands, pop idols, tween stars. generic industry-created crap for the most part. like i said, not so different than us. picture an army of miley cyruses. or would that be miley cyri? going against the grain are a few lone heroes like merging moon. two self-released albums, no hint of a record deal. damn suits, what do they know? lead singer, yu. sweet, shy, pop friendly, lilith fair -- not. ♪ [ screaming ]
>> anthony: yeah, so how big an audience in japan for a thrash metal, death metal hardcore? >> band member 1: we had ozzy osbourne's ozzfest this year. >> anthony: right. >> band member 1: that was the first time in japan. and i feel like people are watching the heavy metal scene as a new movement. >> anthony: and the audiences, good audiences here? >> band member 1: they are kind of polite. >> anthony: they're polite? really? >> band member 1: they are really quiet and just watching us. and when we finish playing, they solemnly clap. >> anthony: really? ♪
you know, when i look at popular music, the, the stuff that's selling millions of records in america, it makes me angry, actually. >> band member 1: do you mean that you sometimes get angry with someone -- people? >> anthony: yeah, if i see who is the worst wand in the world, the worst popular band in the world? who? >> my chemical romance. >> oh, my chemical romance, yes. hate them. [ laughter ] that's a good one. ♪ >> anthony: can you make a living? >> band member 1: no.
>> anthony: no? >> band member 1: not at all. >> anthony: not at all? >> band member 1: we all have part-time jobs. >> anthony: you all have jobs. what do your families think when they see that you're doing this kind of music? >> band member 1: that we are at 22 to 25 years old. it's the hunting job season in our lives, so -- >> anthony: so there's pressure on you? >> band member 1: yeah, yeah. and we all went to university and owe a lot of money. >> anthony: right. uh, the expectation, the pressure is, okay, get a real job. >> band member 1: yeah. >> anthony: put aside this rock and roll shit and get a real job. in a perfect world, would you like to play rock 'n' roll every night? would you like to play metal every night? >> band member 1: yeah. i could be cleaning toilets if i can keep doing this. >> anthony: and you? yeah, these guys look like lifers. ♪
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tokyo may well be the most amazing food city in the world. with a nearly unimaginable variety of places stacked one on top of the other tucked away on every level of densely-packed city streets. at lawson's, you can dig into their unnaturally fluffy, insanely delicious, in incongruously. crowded eateries serving who knows what? but it all smells delicious and looks enticing. in the tiny, almost-micro neighborhood in tokyo all is quiet. and amazingly, from right here in the middle of this eye-goggling pinball machine of a city, green. yasura lives near hear and he loves this place. a low-key joint to enjoy family meals and meet friends. >> i am so much appreciate and
all of the people from the u.s. >> we miss you. you know? >> i miss new york city. >> i'll tell you something really terrible. every relationship i've ever had with a woman, at some point, very early on, i bring them to yasura in new york. and i would watch how they eat. if they talk too much. >> uh-huh. >> if they didn't understand how to eat sushi. >> uh-huh. >> if they did not eat the uni, we will never have a relationship. that's it. it's the end. >> they don't serve high-end sushi here or elaborate inspired fare. it's almost like hipster tempura. this style of food, skewers of delicious things dipped in batter and fried perfectly. he orders up shrimp and basil, lotus root, octopus, and pickled
quail eggs. we also have to have their take on a type of egg batter pancake which can be filled with many things. for us, it's squid. and brushed with worcestire sauce. >> coming here many times. but this is the first time. >> for -- yeah. >> yeah. >> you lived in new york, what, 14 years? 18 years? >> 27 years. since 1984 to 2011. >> 27 years in new york. that changes a person. >> very much. >> you're a new yorker, now. >> yes. >> what was the hardest thing to get used to when you first came here? >> culture. >> the culture? >> yes because so much different between the u.s. and here. and is so interesting, always. i never, ever get boring. >> i never get bored and i always learn new things in manhattan.
but there's 15, 20 different manhattans in -- in dec-- in to. i mean, shibuya. from my perspective, these are completely different cities. even building to building. >> uh-huh. >> nightclub for girls. >> uh-huh. >> nightclub for rock and rollers. hair salon. all up. 15 different businesses, one building. one building. >> yes. >> i can spend the next five years just doing shows on this one building. >> what is weird? what is strange? what do those things even mean, anyway? sure, a lot of what you see looks different from, maybe, the mainstream.
it's certainly different from the way we like to portray ourselves, see ourselves, at least our daytime selves. but roughly 50% of all movies rented in american hotel rooms are adult films. the american-porn industry catering to exactly the kinds of dark urges we have been talking about but even nastier is a $12 billion a year industry that dwarves the hollywood product. our own obsessions, arguably, are at least as crazy, violent, and lurid as japan's and we tend to actually carry out our violent fantasies, more frequently. maybe, with that fetishism, that attention to detail, comes some kind of excellence in other fields. maybe, there's a line from there, to here. so, who's crazy, now? ♪