Who says you're too old to be a porn star? Tokyo grandfather and longtime travel agent Shigeo Tokuda, 76, has emerged as a major player in Japan's emerging adult movie genre known as 'elder porn.'
He was 'discovered' in 1996 and has appeared in more than 350 films such as Prohibited Nursing and Maniac Training of Lolitas. In these scripts, Tokuda always gets the girl.
"I'm a role model for a lot of men," he says. "I do my best."
Tokuda had kept his 'acting career' secret from his family, telling them that he performed cameos in small budget movies.
That secret however came to pass in 2006 when his grown daughter intercepted a fax describing an upcoming scene he'd been asked to perform.
"My daughter complained that this wasn't a very nice job to do," he recalls.
"My wife worried about my health. She said I was getting old and that this work must be difficult on me physically."
These days, Tokuda makes an average of one film a week, earning up to US$500 (RM1, 516) a day.
"I told them that I didn't have shame over this type of job," he says,"but that I'd try to be more conservative in the future."
Tokuda recalled how he got into the business. The Tokyo native was working in the travel promotion industry when he became a fan of order-in room porn flicks as he was too shy to frequent adult movie stores.
So he tracked down the producers of his favorite DVDs.
"At 59, I secretly hoped they would offer me some sort of senior discount," he recalls.
Tokuda befriended the firm's producers, one of whom made him a proposition over drinks and was invited to try his hand at adult films.
Tokuda is now a brand name, with many projects bearing the Shigeo Tokuda moniker.
After a 2005 stroke (not on the set, he says), he was moved to a desk job by his travel agency.
He retired - not from porn but from the travel industry.
A recent installment in his Forbidden Elderly Care series has been advertised with such slogans as Don't Be Ashamed of Getting Old! and Lust Is Medicine.
"It's not that I'm proud, but it feels nice to be useful," he says. "My wife is glad that at my age I've still got someplace to go."
'Elder-porn' is a burgeoning industry in a nation that features the world's oldest population and ranks second (behind the United States) in the personal consumption of pornography.
Industry executives say proceeds from elder porn - mostly featuring older men and younger women - have doubled in recent years to represent nearly one-fifth of Japan's US$1-billion-a-year adult film business.
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