Japans 80-year-old porn star quits

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After a decade in X-rated films, a Japanese porn actress famous for being the country’s oldest has called it quits at the ripe old age of 80.

Maori Tezuka, a former opera singer who made her debut in Japan’s flourishing “silver porn” industry at a sprightly 71, blamed her decision partly on a lack of red-blooded lotharios able to keep up with her.

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“Once the lights go on, you just do your best,” she told local media. “I have no regrets, but shooting became difficult when the actor wasn’t my type.”

What next? Tezuka, in true showbiz fashion, left the door open for a possible return. “It was never about the money for me. I’ve already been asked about returning in two or three years – I said I’d think about it.”

Japan’s porn industry rakes in about US$20 billion a year, with movies featuring rambunctious geriatrics (geronto-porn) accounting for around a quarter of that market, industry insiders say.

In recent years sales have soared as more of the country’s perky seniors celebrate their mojo.

The genre took off thanks largely to the exploits of Shigeo Tokuda, an 82-year-old actor who appeared in hundreds of porn videos with titles such as Forbidden Elderly Care.

-SCMP

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