The first kiss to be seen in Japanese film—discreetly half-hidden by an umbrella—caused a national sensation in 1946.Nevertheless, until the early 1960s, graphic depictions of nudity and sex in Japanese film could only be seen in single-reel "stag films," made illegally by underground film producers such as those depicted in Imamura's film The Pornographers (1966).Bakunyū is the subgenre that features females with very large breasts.In Japan lolicon refers to an attraction to underage girls.Mainstream pornography did not arrive in Japan until the advent of Pink film.Erotic films were called "pink film" because the color pink carries erotic and feminine connotations with the Japanese who associate pink with a woman's vagina.Notably, the Anti-Prostitution Law makes prostituting oneself a crime whereas those who use the services of a prostitute are immune from prosecution.In Japan, the "sex industry" is not synonymous with prostitution.
In the years since the end of World War II, eroticism has gradually made its way into Japanese cinema.
Prostitution in Japan has a long history, and became especially popular during the Japanese economic miracle, as evening entertainments were tax-deductible.
Decreased sex drive in the 21st century has been blamed for the low Japanese birth rate and declining growth of the Japanese population.
With their access to higher production-values and talent, some of these films became critical and popular successes.
Since then the market for pink films has decreased tremendously and a majority of Japanese seeking pornography go to AVs.