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The Trials and Tribulations of the Japanese AV Biz Part Two

Nikkan Spa - Original Japanese Date: January 16th, 2016
English Translation Published: October 12th, 2016

The current state of affairs of the Japanese AV industry when it comes to all things money is rather unpleasant.

(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)

Another way companies are cutting cost is by renting one large studio. Let's say it has six separate rooms. What they'd do is hire 6 actresses along with 6 directors and film all the titles at the same time. It'd be essentially a revolving door for actresses and staff alike. One door leads to fellatio and as soon as that's done, you fix your makeup and go to the next room for sex. Nobody's a fan of doing this. The actresses in particular often complain about the extremely tight schedule it demands.”

Along with this hectic shooting schedule is the dropping in pay for AV stars.

The women in the previous example may only receive between 50,000 and 100,000 yen. They are kikatan actresses and if they agree to do harder scene like anal sex, the pay may slightly be more, but not by much. Besides, some women can only take so much.”

And what about the pay for people like Sekiguchi-san?

Monthly income for a salaried director for me is about 220,000 yen after tax (approx. $2000USD). If any of the titles I direct sell really well, I may receive an extra 10,000 per hit, but that's pretty rare. Freelance directors, mosaic application artists (for a 120 minute title), and graphics people may make 30,000 yen apiece.”

This right here's the Japanese AV industry; the salaries are in the pits and the work is strenuous. What's more, our chat with Sekiguchi-san didn't even take into account the extreme amount of hurt illegal downloads are doing for the industry.


(Translator's note: as you can see, the pay for those behind the camera is pretty horrible nowadays. The $2000USD a month earned by a salaried director today is a far cry from the potential millions someone such as Tooru Munanishi took in back in the 1980's. If you're one the type who downloads gratis, consider listening to what Rocky said also in the 1980's: “I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!”)

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