Masato HARADA The Cast - Introduction CAST &STAFF SATO, Yasue
SATO, Hitomi OKAMOTO, Yukiko SAKAMOTO, (Zensho) Yoshitaka ABE, Hirohide

LONG Synopsis:
A 17-year-old nicknamed Maru, who exist for money and brand goods, calls phone dating services. Her "date" happens to be a handsome man in his early 40's who looks like a businessman. Once checking in a hotel he reveals his true identity. He is a yakuza called Oshima. "It's your fault my hookers are getting messed about." He threatens her coldly, and starts to preach to her about life. Then he takes away her ID. Horimarin starts crying hard, trying to get away from this station.

Jonko and her friends, talking in a fast-food restaurant, comparing stories of things that made them really mad. One was just standing outside 109 (Famous department store in Tokyo) when some older guy came by and asked her, "How much?" But that wasn't as bad as the guy who shouted "I wanna fuck you" at another girl, and then started moralizing to her. They talk about the increase in weirdoes these days.

Maru, furious about Oshima, joins them. Being preached to by a yakuza really pissed her off. She begs Jonko to get her ID card back, because Oshima asked for her. Jonko has some influence with yakuza.

Jonko speaks sternly. "There are two kinds of escorts", she says, "Those who don't sleep with guys and those who do. It's OK for us just to pick up older guys. These days, the hookers and the country kogals who come into town will do all the fucking for money instead" This is an unspoken rule between the girls and the yakuza.

Bullet train pulls into Tokyo station. Lisa Togo is a pretty 16-year-old girl from Sendai. She's wearing a school uniform, not in the kogal fashion. There is a map of the Yamanote Line (Tokyo train line) in her hand, along with several addresses and phone numbers in Shibuya. The times of the following morning's Skyliner trains from Ueno to Narita Airport are also written down. She checks her shoulder bag. In it there are two passports ,one Japanese and one American ,and an airplane ticket.

Lisa was brought up abroad and came back to Japan a year ago with her parents, so she doesn't speak Japanese so well. She really wants to go back to the U.S., which is why she has run away .Her return ticket is valid for a year but it will expire tomorrow. She saved money by working at her part-time job right up to the last minute before running away. She will be able to keep her escape a secret for about a day. And she wants to get a little bit more money in Shibuya to have enough to live in America. At 16, she already knows exactly what she's going to do over there. These things become clear as the story unfolds.

Lisa goes to a "burusera" shop near Shibuya, where girl's school uniforms and used panties are brought and sold. Some customers will even pay \20,000 if the girl takes them off in front of him first. She has decided exactly how far she will go in order to get what she wants. She and her parents have their differences opinion, but she never wants to give them any trouble. In other words, she won't sell her body, but she'll sell her underwear.

The shopkeeper offers her a role in a video. She agrees, having made sure it won't be hard porn.

Lisa is sent to a room in an apartment in a suburb of Tokyo, where there are already several other kogals. The two staff members look like students, not bad people. But the shooting of the panty-peeping video gradually escalates, and suddenly the staff start to try to rape the protesting Lisa. She is helped by one of the other kogals, the happy-go lucky and tall Raku. The two of them manage to escape, but the \200,000 that Lisa had saved from her part-time job is stolen by the men. Raku encourages the despondent Lisa. "Never mind. This kind of thing will happen once every five times or so. On the other hand, sometimes you can get \50,000 or \100,000 just for having dinner together with some guy."

Within the next 12 hours, Lisa has to make the bare minimum amount of money to be able to live in New York. She has many old friends living there, but she will still need to have two or three thousand dollars.

Raku is a street dancer. She goes home about once every two weeks, otherwise she stays with friends or walks around and sleeps rough. She works in the sex trade just a little bit in order to earn enough to be able to live. Sometimes she does escort work. If possible, she would like to save enough money to go to New York one day too, but she doesn't have Lisa's strong motivation. For Lisa, it's a matter of life or death.

Raku asks, "What are you gonna do over there, anyway?", to which Lisa replies, "I wanna study. Not like to get into university with a teacher who can find my special talents. No talk about brand name goods or stupid comedians. With friends who are trying to discover the best way to live their lives. And without my parents."

Raku and Lisa try to get messages from guys using a telephone message dials service, but they don't get any good responses, only religious canvassers. "Maybe hooking's the only way after all", says Raku. "Picking up older guys isn't so bad, if you really hate your parents." She gives the pager number to Jonko, her old friend, to Lisa.

"Me and Jonko fell out when she decided to play rough, using stun-gun and such. But I guess you need her now." Then she goes off to where she and her friends do their street dancing, after telling Lisa where it is.

Jonko agrees to help Lisa, but only because Raku introduced her. Jonko still likes Raku.

Her strategy is simple. They pick up guys non-stop, and everything is 50-50.Her friends hesitate-the earlier business with Oshima scared them. In the end, just the two of them go out on the street, Jonko with a stun gun. They go about their dirty work quickly and without interruption. The reality of older Japanese guys these days is this-nearly all of them are just lonely, but a few of them are insistent and chase after girls. They are vulgar, tasteless executives who flash their Rolexes around.

The two girls keep running, and the bond between them gets closer as the night goes on.

Lisa and Jonko have made \400,000. "Take it all", says Jonko. "I'd like to think that somebody, somewhere, was doing well. You've got a goal to aim for, something worthwhile, and I wanna help, even if it's just tonight." But Lisa insists splitting the money in half. "I want to be your friend forever, Jonko, not just tonight. And friends go 50-50."

Then, just as they are going back to Shibuya for one more job, they are caught by Oshima. "Why did you do it?" he asks. Jonko answers, "No school girl who wants lots of expensive stuff is gonna work her butt off for a year in some 7-11. I can risk my life for anything I think is important one day. Like, the whole thing might not matter in the morning. That's all I've ever learned. And, right now, Lisa's trip to the U.S. is important, not brand goods."

Oshima is envious of the relationship between Lisa and Jonko. But he has his obligation. Lisa loses all she earned.

It's 2 o'clock in the morning. Even Jonko doesn't know what to do now. "Why don't you go to America later?", she asks, but Lisa shakes her head. "Sometimes a girl can work for a year in a 7-11 or somewhere, if there's something she really wants." "What are you talking about?" "That's what I did."

Finally, they go to see Raku street dancing. When the three of them get together, everything becomes possible.

There is one more twist to the tale, and the last scene is Ueno Keisei Subway Station. Lisa is on board the Skyliner train, and Jonko and Raku have come to see off. They are running alongside the train while being chased by the station guard. Through her tears, Lisa catches sight of the comical pair for a second, then they are lost from view.


SHORT Synopsis:
It's Saturday afternoon in Shibuya, Tokyo. Crowds of young people throng the sidewalks of Koen Dori and its surrounding streets. Maru and Raku, their Saturday half-day of school over, Stop in at a boutique where Maru is to meet a `businessman' who has arranged to pay her to sleep with him.

Sapp, a 'talent scout', catches sight of Lisa, just in from the northern city of Sendai. He follows her as she goes off to sell her used underwear to a small shop that deals in such exotica, and then on to a video shoot to which the shop owner Saki, has sent her, all to make a little more money to take with her when she leaves Japan the next day to go to school in New York.

There she meets Raku. Two thugs break up the video shoot, and the girls flee, but not before the intruders have taken the money Lisa has saved.

Maru's `businessman', however, turns out to be a yakuza gangster, Oshima, bent on driving out high-school part-timers who threaten the underworld's traditional sex business. He demands money from Maru, She doesn't have it, and she goes for help to Jonko, who with a combination of charm, guile and a stun gun now manages to make her money without going to the trouble of sleeping with her customers. Jonko agrees to work as a karaoke hostess for Oshima until Maru's debt is paid.

Raku decides to help Lisa; she introduces her to Jonko., and the pair sets out to finance Lisa's trip. Their plans go awry however, and soon the yakuza are after them....


The most talked-about Japanese film makes an overseas debut at International Film Festival in 1998.

List of domestic awards
Best Picture
Best Director (Masato Harada)
Best Newcomer (Hitomi Sato)

Best Director
Best Actor (Koji Yakusho)

Best Screenplay (Masato Harada)
Best Cinematography (Yoshitaka Sakamoto)
Best New Actress (Hitomi Sato, Yasue Sato & Yukiko Okamoto)
Runner-up to the Best Picture

Best New Actress (Hitomi Sato, Yasue Sato & Yukiko Okamoto)

Best New Actress (Hitomi Sato)





"Intelligent look at the deepest core of today's headlines--- this is a brilliant coming-of age film,"

"undoubtedly among the best Japanese films in 1997,if not the best---its ending is totally mesmerizing!"

"This powerful film delivers a viscious blow and challenges us to face the problems in our society today---keen contrast between the teenagers and the middle-aged ex-student radicals reminds us SEISHUN ZANKOKU MONOGATARI, Nagisa Oshima's 1960 film,"

"Employing semi- documentaristic approach, Harada masterfully captures the fast-lane lives of Ko Galss in Shibuya---in the end, we see their future in brighter side; a feel-good movie!"

"Like his 1995 masterpiece, KAMIKAZE TAXI, Harada skillfully blends entertainment with social issues. Characters are vivid and episodes are fun! A gem!"

"I'm addicted to this film! I haven't seen a Japanese film with such passion for quite a long time,"

"Three leading ladies are wonderful! A must-see!"

"You've got to see this as one of the best adventure film rather than vivid ko Gals film!"

"Japan through the eyes of ko Gals---a masterpiece,"

Harada does it again! Another MIRACLE in the league of KAMIKAZE TAXI!"

"The best and the brightest Japanese film of the year!"

"Easily better than Larry Clark's KIDS---three new actresses are powerful and charming!"

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to Shibuya!"

"Among the most vibrant, sharply observed youth films I have seen this year---The obvious point of comparison is the hyper kinetic junkies of Danny Boyle's TRAINSPOTTING. Both Harada's ko Gals and Boyle's heroine addicts are living on the edge, in offhand defiance of society's rules. Both are hustlers who have a casual contempt for the square johns they fleece. Both belong to subcultures whose language and folkways are all but incomprehensive to outsiders.---We end up liking Harada's ko Gals more than we ever thought we could. Children of a material world, they nonetheless have an openness about their emotions and desires that many of their elders have either conveniently forgotten or carefully suppressed. Will they all end up as bored housewives or Working Ladies by age 25? Perhaps, but for the moment they are changing this society in ways that government white papers could never dream."

She's 16. Tomorrow at 11a.m. she flies out Narita in search of herself.

The past few years will probably be remembered as the age of the ko Gals high-school girls with their `loose socks', pocket-bells, photo stickers and `paid dates' who have greatly exercised the Japanese media over the past few years. BOUNCE, a film written and directed by Masato Harada, seeks to look past the sensationalism that usually surrounds portrayals of these 'street kids' of Tokyo's Shibuya area to the way they speak and interact, to reach beyond the veneer of cynicism to the purity deep inside them.

The film originated in a meeting between Harada and Toshi Shioya of the actors' Clinic. Shioya approached Harada, an occasional lecturer there, with an idea for a film utilizing some of his students. Harada, who with his film Kamikaze Taxi had made a successful entertainment that took up the social problems of foreign workers resident in Japan and Japanese children returning to the country after living overseas, saw the possibility of portraying the ko Gals phenomenon through Shioya's young actors. The resulting script blends its fierce critique of Japanese society with humor and warmth towards its central characters.

Director Harada says he had Hitomi Sato in mind for the character of Jonko, the `leader' of the trio around whom the film revolves, from the time he began writing the synopsis. The second character, Raku, was written around the personality of its actress, Yasue Sato, who is one of Japan's top young models. Yukiko Okamoto, who plays Lisa, won her role from an audition. Jun Murakami, who plays Sapp, the `talent scout' who helps the three girls, has long wanted to work with Harada, while Sapp's friend Moro is played by the director's son Eugene. Koji Yakusho, star of Lost Paradise, Sleeping Man, The Eel and Shall we dance?, plays the yakuza gangster Oshima, while well-known actress Kaori Momoi plays the owner of the underwear shop who inadvertently brings Lisa together with Raku and later Jonko. Students of the Actors' Clinic fill out the cast.


Masato HARADA: Biography
Born in 1949 in Shizuoka Prefecture, Masato Harada came to Tokyo after he finished high school intending to become a motion picture director. In 1972 he went to London, England as a language student, and made his opening foray into the world of film from there with his column Last Show for Kinema Junpo magazine.

The following year he moved to Los Angeles, from where as a Golden Globe critic he reported on the latest films from Hollywood and also wrote Hollywood Interview and The Hollywood Movie Express.

Returning to Japan in 1979, he poured his love for the movies into his debut as a director with Goodbye Flickmania: Indian Summer before he returned to Los Angeles and started working as the director of the Japanese versions of such films as Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Stanley Kubrick's assessment of the subtitles he wrote for the American director's Full Metal Jacket was the single Word, "Great".

He returned to film directing in 1984 with Windy, and in the following years broadened his horizons with such work as the TV Movie Wiretap and the Tough video series.

His film career has not slackened: since Painted Desert in 1993 he has directed one film a year, leading up to his latest, BOUNCE.

Masato HARADA: Filmography
1979 Goodbye Flickmania: Indian summer
1984 Windy (Co-Production: Germany)
1985 Indecent Exposure
1986 Paris-Dakar 15,000 (Documentary Film)
1986 Onyanko: The movie
1987 The Heartbreak Yakuza (Montreal Film Festival)
1988 Gunhed
1990 Taff Part 1: The Beginning
1991 Taff Part 3: Slaughter
1991 Taff Part 4: Harvest of Blood
1993 Painted Desert (Co-Production: USA, London / Tokyo FF)
1994 Kamikaze Taxi (London / Melbourne / Valenciennes FF)
*Valenciennes Best Director / Special July Prize
*Mainichi Best Actor / New Actress Award
1995 Trouble with Nango
1996 Rowing Through (CO-Production: Canada)
1997 BOUNCE -ko GALS- (a.k.a. Leaving)
*Blue Ribbon Best Film / Best Director / New Actress Award

The Cast - Introduction

Hitomi SATO (Jonko)
Born 1979, Aichi Prefecture. Winner of the 20th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan Grand Prix. Since her television debut Because, It's Love You Can Hear The Sea, has been active in TV drama. Her first film was The Man Who Catches The Rainbow.

Yasue SATO (Raku)
Born 1978,Saitama Prefecture. Ballet-trained, She works in TV commercials and as a fashion model, and has served as a host of NHK's Italian Conversation program.

Yukiko OKAMOTO (Lisa)
Born 1979, Kanagawa Prefecture. A model, she won her first film role, that of Lisa in BOUNCE, through an audition.

Born in Osaka in 1973, Jun Murakami began working as a model through a friend's magazine. From modeling he went into TV acting, commercials and working as a DJ. Active in film and television, he is married to the pop singer Ua, and has recently become a father.

Koji YAKUSHO (Oshima)
Koji Yakusho is the reigning male star of Japanese film, starring since 1996 in such films as Lost Paradise, Shall we dance?, Sleeping Man and The Eel, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes film festivals. Born New Year's Day 1956 in Nagasaki Prefecture, he worked as a municipal office clerk (from whence comes his stage name, 'Yakusho', which means `Town Hall') before taking up acting in 19978. He first made his mark in a 1983 NHK period drama, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and is also known to foreign audiences for his work in such films as Tampopo and Kamikaze Taxi.

Kaori MOMOI (Saki)
Born in Tokyo, she made her movie debut in 1971 and has since starred in such films as Why Not? In additon to films, she is active in television, the stage and as a singer has recorded 15 albums. In recent years she has also acted as a director, producer and designer.



  • Hitomi SATO as Jonko
  • Yasue SATO as Raku
  • Yukiko OKAMOTO as Lisa
  • Jun MURAKAMI as Sapp
  • Kokoro YAZAWA / Maori
  • Ren KAIDO / Eugene
  • Hironari IKEDA / Hitoshi KIYOKAWA
  • Kazuki KOSAKAI / Toshi SHIOYA
  • Masao IMAFUKU / Curtis MICKEY
  • Kaori MOMOI as Saki
  • Koji YAKUSHO as Oshima


Director: Masato HARADA
Screen Writer: Masato HARADA
Cinematographer: Zensho SAKAMOTO
Lighting: Kazuo TAKANO
Art Designer: Yuji MARUYAMA
Sound Effects: Kenji SHIBAZAKI
Scriptor: Kiyoko SAKAMOTO
Chief Assistant Director: Masao TAKESHITA
Music: Masahiro KAWASAKI
Casting Director: Masashi KOSUGI
Project Planner: Toshi SHIOYA
Editor: Hirohide ABE
Producer: Masakatsu SUZUKI


SATO, Yasue



Yokohama Film Festival the best New Actress Award
Osaka Film Festival New Actress Award
Japan Professional Award - New Actress Encouragement Award
Prague Film Festival
Music CD will be released in this autumn from SME (Douglas Carr Produce)

NHK New Midnight Kingdom: Moderator since April 9th, 1998

NTV Dear Decaprio! Since April 13th, 1998

Sendai TV Hai Cheese! Since April 13th, 1998

NHK Italian Lesson: Moderator '97

Fuji TV Waratte Iitomo

Staff Only - Nanako
Kira Kira Hikaru - Chiharu
TBS Land-e-boo July 17th, 1997 - Hinako Konishi

NTV Meringue No Kimochi

ANB Koi Suru Amipara

Chat'n Cooking
Sunday Jungle
Spirit of Ring and others
Legit: Mirandrena

NTT Docomo Tokai
Shiseido ?ff?
PENTAX Espio 115M and others

non-no, MORE, Seventeen, anan, Olive, Popeye, Brutus, ELLE and others

Tokyo Collection (Hiromichi Nakano, National Standard, MILK, Junko Shimada, Tsumori Chisato, Kyoko Higa, Keita Maruyama, Eri Matsui) and others

SATO, Hitomi

TV Drama:
'95 ANB Umi Ga Kikoeru ~ Ai Ga Arukara - Heroin (Debut)
'96 ANB Shadow Shokai Hen Ki Ro - Heroin
'96 ANB Iguana No Musume - Regular
'96 Fuji TV Tokyo 23-Ku No Onna "Taito-Ku" - Lead
'96 Fuji TV Thursday Horror "Psyborg" - Regular
'96 NHK Saturday Drama "Udon To Video"
'97 Fuji TV Beach Boys - Regular
'96 ANB Weekend Drama "Smart Monsters" - Regular
'98 ANB Thursday Drama "Rasetsu No Ie" - Regular
'98 Fuji TV Boy Hunt (9:00pm every Monday)

'96 Niji Wo Tsukamu Otoko: Directed by Yoji Yamada
'97 BOUNCE: Directed by Masato Harada

Kinema Junpo New Actress Award
Blue Ribbon New Actress Award
Osaka Film Festival New Actress Award
Yokohama Film Festival the best New Actress Award:
Tokyo Sports Film Award New Actress Award
'98 The Ring: Directed by Hideo Nakata

Aichi Bank Image character
Bambi Image character

NTV Meringue No Kimochi
MBS Radio SNK Ichigeki Neo Radio (every Saturday)


She started her career as a model of teenager magazine while she is in high-school. Then she decided to be an actress after many appearances of Commercial Films. She entered to Toshi Shioya's Acting School before she gets Lisa role for Bounce's audition.

Shiseido, SONY, DDI, PEPSI, CALPIS, Kose, Recruit, MARZO (Korean Fashion, Sep.'96 ~ Aug.'97) and others

NHK Tokyo Styling Remix
ANB Shonen Suspense
Sony Records Video Clips for TUBE: Kitto Dokokade

BOUNCE (1997)
Yokohama Film Festival the Best New Actress Award
Osaka Film Festival the Best New Actress Award
Danger De Mart (1998)

SAKAMOTO, (Zensho) Yoshitaka

Cinematographer: Born in February 14, 1942 at Nara-Prefecture, JAPAN After Graduation from Nihon University, Motion Pictures Major, March 1964, Mr. Sakamoto started his career as TV cameraman at Iwanami Eiga Productions in June 1964. His D.P. debut was for Hello CQ. Then he co-founded Cabinet of N lead by D.P. Touichiro NARUSHIMA. He experienced as a Chief Assistant Cameraman for Shinju Ten-no-Amishima, Yukihujin Ezu and many others. In 1969, he turned to be a freelance Cinematographer and entered Japan Society of Cinematographers in 1973. Feature film debut as D.P. was for Seigenki directed by Toichiro Narushima. In 1976, he entered Japan Association of Motion Picture Technology.

KIRIN Juice, CALPIS, TOYOTA, Mandome, HOUSE FOOD, Shiseido, LION, Coca Cola, Emeron, JAL, SONY, HONDA, TOSHIBA, Matsushita Electric Co., Burubon, and others
ACC Award, ADC Award, Clio Award, Venise Lion D'Argent Award

Special Event & Nonfiction:
Challenge for Glory, Wonderful World Travel, Oceanic Development of the World
Miami Disney World, Another side of Menam, ODA
Tsukuba International Exposition -Japan Pavilion- (70mm Film)
Yokohama Exposition -Construction Pavilion- (70mm Film)
Osaka Flower & Green Expo. -Mitsubishi Pavilion- (10p,70mm)
Garelio Dome Vision System Design, Develop and Cinematography NONFIX (Fuji TV) Bride of War, None Guilty

House(1977), Hitomino Naka no Houmonsha(1977), Orange Road Express(1978), Kiri no Manhattan(1980), Nerawareta Gakuen(1981), Tenkousei(1982) =Film Festival for Moviegoer the Best Cinematography Award Zokubutus Zukan(1982), Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo(1983), Hai-shi(1983), Tengoku ni Ichiban Chilai Shima(1984), Shiroi Akuma ga Shinobiyoru(1984) Sabishinbou(1985), His Auto bicycle, Her Island(1986), Ijintachi tono Natsu(1988) =Nihon Academy-Sho Cinematography Award The Best Guy(1991), Haruka nostalgia(1992)=Nihon Academy-Sho Cinematography Award Seeds Rain(1993), Samurai Kids(1992) =Nihon Academy-Sho the Cinematography Award Kamikaze Taxi(1994), Ienaki-ko(1994), Hotaru?II Akai Kizuato(1995), Solitude Point(1996), Bounce(1997)=Yokohama F. F. the Best Cinematography Award, Osamu no Ashita(1998)

Other Awards:
Dentsu Award (1969) Colt Fantasia
ADC Awards (1973) JAL Pack
Japan Association of MP & TV Technology -Shibata Award-(1975)

ABE, Hirohide

Film Editor; Born in November 03, 1960 at Akita, JAPAN

Mr. Abe Studied at Editing Class in Yokohama Broadcast-Movie Institute (now known as Japan Academy of Moving Images) lead by Shohei IMAMURA.

Since he became a film editor in 1987, he worked on remarkable Japanese Films which include Sharaku (1994) the Best Editor Award in Nippon Academy-Sho Association, Welcome Back Mr. Mac Donald (1997) the Best Editor Award in Japan Society of Motion Pictures & TV Editors, Birthday Present (1995), Setouchi Moonlight Serenade (1997). The Spiral (1998), Beat (1998).

He is also well known as an editor of all of Masato Harada's works since Taff (1990) including Kamikaze Taxi (1995) and Bounce (1997).