China's artist Chen Danqing believes that Japan's adult video culture is influenced by the tradition of Chinese erotic painting. The fascination of Chinese internet users for Japanese erotica reflects the shared 'erotic sensibilities' of the two cultures. Picture: Adult video DVD store. (Photo/Chen Jun-wei)
"Chinese men are the rudest and the most obnoxious users of prostitutes in the world," said Chen Danqing, a famous Chinese oil painter, in a recent interview with Phoenix Satellite TV, as he discussed the Japanese AV (adult video) industry.
Elaborating on the intermingling cultural relationship between China and Japan, Chen said that ancient Chinese erotic paintings have had a noticeable influence on the Japanese porn which captivates so many Chinese Internet users.
That influence was reflected in the different aspects of living in Japanese porn movies, Chen noted, while adding that the world's best erotic drawings were created by Chinese artists, which usually portrayed a domestic scene and highlighted the daily lives of ordinary Chinese people.
Japanese AV productions largely focus on sexual activities, while sexual scenarios in porn movies produced in Europe and the United States are more like sports events, Chen said. Yet by successfully incorporating daily life scenarios and the culture of hard work into their AV productions, the Japanese have made their works more alluring to their audience.
The outspoken artist said that compared with the tenderness of Japanese men during sex, Chinese men were rude and uncultured while engaging in commercial sex transactions.
He also attributed the craze for Japanese AV female idols in China to the lack of an AV industry in the country. Most sex videos in China are made in Hong Kong and Japan.
Elaborating on the mutual influences of Japanese and Chinese culture, Chen said that, most Chinese Internet surfers were fascinated by Japanese AV idols but showed little interest in Western porn actresses. That was because China and Japan shared a similar culture and traditions, he said. The people of both countries also belonged to the yellow race.
"When we watch the Japanese, it is as if we are watching ourselves, but not really ourselves. That makes it very exciting," Chen said.
Since the Japanese people are part of the collective memory of the Chinese, the Chinese have special feelings for them, Chen noted.
Speaking about a 1960s documentary which showed young people of both countries hugging each other, Chen said that it clearly highlighted a relationship that was not easy to forge with other nations. The young people of China never exhibited such relations with young people from other nations such as Russia, the United States or Europe, he said.
Even before the Cultural Revolution, Chinese people had a special preference for Japanese female actresses, and the phenomenon has been particularly noticeable after the Cultural Revolution, according to Chen.
Chen Danqing 陳丹青
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