Metamorphosis

In this particular scene, Kyoko is seen completely transformed into a sex symbol as opposed to the innocent girl she once was. Kyoko has undergone a complete transformation, from the way she dresses, her confidence, to even her teeth. Yasuzo Masumura demonstrates the significance of this scene by exaggerating the length of it, due to it being one of the film’s lengthier scenes. The overall mood of this scene was completely awkward, from the outfit Kyoko was wearing, to the strange dance, even the lyrics of the song she was singing was rather disturbing. Going back the beginning of the film where Kyoko had her first photo shoot, she was too shy to pose for even a picture. The purpose of this film, especially this scene, satirizes the instant manufacture of media stars. In the beginning, the point of the film was to sell caramel, but over time, that purpose seemed to have diminished as Kyoko’s transformation began. From what the film was trying to convey, it all starts with the use of Kyoko to sell the caramel candy, but then after Kyoko became popular with the general public, it seemed as if the caramel candy was use to sell Kyoko. Judging from this entire scene, if someone were to watch it not knowing it was about selling caramel candy, they probably would not be able derive the meaning of this scene other than it was a woman in a skimpy outfit dancing to tribal music. Consequently, this scene represented the rise of popular culture. Kyoto embodied what the audience wanted to see.

Kyoto performing her song.

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