Monday, September 24, 2007

Christina of Sweden

Swedish model and movie star Christina Lindberg made two movies in Japan: Sex and Fury, which is out on R1 DVD from Panik House; and the less well known Poruno no joô: Nippon sex ryokô - literally, The Pornstar Travels Around Japan. When I hung out with her and Klubb Super 8 in Hollywood, Christina told me the story of how these films happened. She was on the plane home from the Cannes festival after promoting one of her earlier movies, and happened to be seated next to a Japanese business man. They started talking, and it turned out he was in the movie business! Christina gave him his card, and a few weeks later a representative from Toei called up and offered her to come to Japan and make movies! Toei wanted to give Christina - or Kurisuchina Rindobaagu as she became known in Japan - a five-year contract, but she was already on her way out of the business by then. She ended up making two movies in Japan, worked with female action star Reiko Ike, and had a fabulous time! Christina loved Japan, and wants to return some day. She still has a lot of clippings at home from Japanese magazines. She remembered that during one promotion tour, a wall-size portrait of her was painted on a building in fashionable Ginza! I can't compete with that, but here is the Japanese poster for Poruno no joô: Nippon sex ryokô...

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