SPECIALIZED SHOW-BIZ AND PORN TERMS, IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE BOOK, SORT OF:
大河ドラマ taiga drama a genre of historical Japanese drama, which includes but is not limited to samurai stuff.
役者 yakusha an old-fashioned word for actor that connotes more kabuki or Shakespeare than contemporary films
芸能界 geinoukai the world of show biz
映画 eiga film
映画界 eigakai the world of movies
ピンク映画 pinku eiga soft-core porno-exploitation films popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Holy shit, the wikipedia for this is massive.
俳優 haiyuu :another word for actor –more broad and casual than yakusha.
芝居 shibai the skill of acting. Also (as a noun), it refers to a sort of low-brow play: high-school plays, street theatre, the skits that entertainers put on for troops, etc.
丁稚棒公 decchiboukou apprentice, gofer, errand boy, prop kid
演劇 engeki theatre – Shakespeare, kabuki, noh, etc.
演劇人 engekijin theatre person (as opposed to film, tv, etc.)
評論家 hyouronka critics
脇役 wakiyaku supporting roles
主役 shuyaku main role
主演 shuen to star in (lit. to play the main role)
出演 shutsuen to appear in
吹き替え fukikae over-dub
二枚目 nimaime the handsome-guy role
(literally “second from the top”, referring to the kabuki custom of giving top billing to the main character, giving second billing to the handsome actor, and third billing to the comic relief).
ガラッ八 Gara-pachi the wacky sidekick.
忠臣蔵 chuujinzou the hero’s main helper, the Sam Gamgee
三枚目 sanmaime lit. ‘third-billing’ In jidaigeki, the sancho panza wacky sidekick: see also gara-pachi and chuujinzou! Also, In adult video, sanmaime is. . . the rapist role.
裏方 urakata lit. ‘behind-the-scenes’, meaning a prop man
殺陣 tate movie swordfights, or sword-fighting scenes
舞台 butai stage
ロケバス rokebasu (contraction from the English ‘location bus’): the bus that carries crew and actors around the studio lots
台詞 serifu lines
通行人 tsuukounin extras Literally, ‘ passing-by people’
登場人 toujounin debut (literally: climbing-on-stage-person)
撮影所 satsueisho studio
五社協定 gosha kyoutei movie company cartel of the early part of Japanese movie history (literally, the five company pact)
大部屋 oobeya actors who got bit parts. More than extras but not as important as supporting characters (literally: ‘big room people’, referring to the fact that they had to sleep in one communal room, since they were not important enough to get their own bedroom
事務所 jimusho office. In showbiz, it usually refers to talent agencies.
ちゃんばら chanbara sword-fighting, in movies as well as real-life
斬られ役 kirareyaku red-shirt. A minor character whose role is to die.
楽屋 rakuya waiting room – where salaried extras hang out and wait for casting calls
演出 enshutsu directing
名演技 naengi famous acting techniques
袖 sode (lit. sleeve) the wings of the stage
真似 mane imitation
物真似 monomane celebrity impersonator; someone who does impressions)
NG: no good! (from the English)
尺 shaku time limit of movie or tv show
作品 sakuhin can be used for either a commercial product or an artwork. (see also the pop-art of murakami, who raises western eyebrows by doing ads as often as he does museum-type art) Often Japanese will substitute the ill-fitting English word “works.” Please see my works!
小道具 kodougu small props
主題歌 shudaika theme song
振り付け furitsuke choreography
台本 daihon script
用心棒 youjinbou bodyguard or mercenary
ちょんまげ chonmage samurai-style top-knot hairdo
鬘 katsura wig
先輩 senpai senior (rank as determined by age)
後輩 kouhai junior
弟子 deshi literally disciple, or apprentice.
親方 oyakata mentor. More of a career advisor than a sensei.
合図 aizu a cue
預かる azukaru (lit. “to hold on to something for somebody”, but in show-biz, it means, to groom a young actor for stardom: to take charge of their training, publicity, and introduce them around town to industry people)
受かってる ukatteru! you got the part!
付きの人 tsuki no hito entourage
大道具 oodougu large props
怪獣 Kaijuu monster movies
コネ kone connections
復帰 fukki a comeback.
劇団 gekidan a touring theater company
顔きくんだ！ Kao kikunda to have connections (literally, ‘My face is effective!’)
艶笑 enshou erotic comedy.
助監督 jokantoku assistant director
衣装 ishou wardrobe
衣装合わせ ishou awase choosing wardrobe for the characters.
ロケハン rokehan location hunting
本番 honban shooting as opposed to rehearsal、but the AV meaning is real sex as opposed to simulated sex.
絡み Karami literally, ‘entangled.’ In samurai movies, it means a fight scene. In sex movies, it means a sex scene. Usually you’d use it like, can you do these scenes? 絡める？ Not used like, “Ok, we’re ready for your karami now!” (in that case you’d use nureba).
女優 joyuu actress
男優 danyuu actor
所属 shozoku affiliate- in show biz, it means to be owned or managed by a certain jimushou.
専属 senzoku under exclusive contract to a studio
試写会 shishakai prerelease sneak-preview screening.
隠然たる勢力 inzentaruseiryoku power exerted from behind the scenes, hidden power, or a person who weilds same.
クランクイン kurankurin first day of shooting
ギャラ gyaran guarantee. A star’s salary.
洋ピン youpin western pink movies
共演 kyouen literally, ‘co-performing’, but you can guess the AV meaning
前貼り maibari in pink eiga, the practice of taping up your genitals with medical gauze so as to not run afoul of the censors.
陰毛 inmou pubic hair
エッチ ecchi from the English letter ‘H’, the first letter in ‘hentai’. Sex.
エッチ・チャンネル H channel the sex channel of a love hotel.
脚本 kyakuhon script. How different from daihon???
動画 douga lit. ‘moving pictures’. Animation???
スカトロ sukatoro from the English ‘scatology’: playing with feces for sexual reasons.
排便 Haiben a medical word for, to poop. To defecate.
小便 shouben to urinate.
キャラ Kyara character,: can refer to one’s persona both on and on screen.
エロ雑誌 Ero zasshi erotic magazines
寄席 yose traditional Japanese variety theater
人種問題ビデオ jinshuumondai bideo -minstrel or blackface videos (lit. ‘racial problem videos’)
生ハメ namahame no condom
絶頂 zecchou climax
ネタ neta material (for a show, for a skit, to make a character on that show, etc.) (‘I have to think of new material!’)
フケ fuke dandruff
目ヤニ meyani eye crusts
鼻糞 hana kuso boogers
耳糞 mimi kuso earwax
歯糞 hakuso plaque
生理 seiri menstruation
唾 tsuba spit
局部 kyokubu genitals (literally ‘local parts’)
娯楽 goraku entertainment
お女かす omekasu female smegma
ベッド・イン beddo in Japlish for ‘get in bed with’
調教部屋 choukyou beya literally ‘animal taming and training room’ – an S/M playroom
濡れ場 nureba sex scene, whether simulated or real. Literally: the moist place.
ゲテモノ・ビデオ getemono bideo: an x-rated video made primarily for gross-out purposes rather than to masturbate to.
In one of the most chilling parts of the book, Yamamoto mentions ‘I thought I’d do this one as a getemono!’ . . . meaning that he considers ALL HIS OTHER WORK erotic in the usual sense.
司会役 shikaiyaku emcee
座長 zachou leader of a theatrical troupe
コント konto skit
一般映画 ippanna eiga non-porn films: includes both mainstream, famous movies, and straight-to-video low-budget videos.
コンビ konbi comedy duo
漫才 manzai comedy duo – but more traditional and stylized than konbi. Konbi do a series of random jokes, but manzai always follows a set format.
汁男優 shirudanyuu a low-level male porn star who works in exchange for the sex (i.e. he doesn’t get paid)
CM shii-emmu commercial
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