Lala Pipo by Hideo Okuda

Lala Pipo by Hideo Ukuda

I just finished reading Lala Pipo by Okuda Hideo in English translation. Above is Chip Kidd’s cover for Vertical publishers. It’s always bittersweet to finish reading a really engaging novel.

Lala Pipo focuses on six inter-connected characters in Tokyo– all unlikable losers who are purchasers, voyeurs, sellers, authors, enablers and underground stars in the sex trade.

The first character is a peeping-tom freelance writer, the others a cabaret scout, a lonely housewife, a karaoke box attendent, an older porn author, and a fat woman who picks up ugly men at the library. The stories revolve around loneliness, despair, poverty, resentment, incest, arson, school-girl prostitution, boredom, humiliation and abuse. It sounds heavy, but it’s a total page-turner!

The husband saw at Kinokuniya that this book will soon become a movie in Japan. I can’t imagine this novel selling well or being made into a movie in the United States.

Has anyone else read Lala Pipo? Is anyone else planning to see the movie? And now that I’ve finished this novel, can anyone suggest another?!

2 comments

  1. Okuda Hideo’s novels are very entertaining. I haven’t read “Lala pipo” yet, but have read “In the Pool” and “The Flying Trapeze,” which are hilarious parodies on psychiatry. The main character is a crazy psychiatrist, who is childish and incompetent, but ends up curing every patient. “In the Pool” has been made into a movie by Miki Satoshi.

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