A serene and romantic Japanese fisting ritual, balancing tradition and debauchery, pain and adoration.
In Tatami, a pair of lovers (Axel Abysse, Yoshi Kawasaki) kneel on a tatami/straw mat facing each other. They are in matching shibari ties that pattern their naked bodies, framed in the doorway of a traditional Japanese house. They lean in and kiss, a stripped back score of mournful string music in the background. They smell and lick each other, mirroring each other’s movements as they moan. It’s like a dance, not rehearsed, but felt out, emotional, and responsive.
But they are not alone. Two femme dommes (Mistress Hinako, Mistress Kinako) join them, uncoiling lengths of rope. The rope bunnies are told playtime is over as they’re expertly, deftly bound together whilst splayed out on the floor. The mistresses tease and torture the writhing, squealing rope bunnies, kissing and embracing as they’re spanked, caned, dripped with wax, and gagged. They submit like “good boys” as they groan in pleasure and pain.
The connection between the lovers as they take this submissive journey together is captivating and sweet. They react as the other feels pain, as if they are one person joined by more than just ropes. Later they watch themselves in the mirror, faces pressed together, unable to stop focusing on each other even as they’re fisted by the playfully eager mistresses, themselves enjoying laughing and urging the other on, two friends playing with their toys. The boys’ heads bow to the ground as they take it deeper and deeper, holding onto each other as they lose control, pissing all over the (protected) straw mat.
As impressive as the sexual acts are, the emotion and love between the boys remains the focus of the film. We may see the graphic fisting in the foreground, but we never lose sight of their ecstatic faces as they moan into each other’s mouths. This is a journey they’re embarking on together, as emotional and romantic as any new horizon taken as a couple. When they are finally released and spent, they’re left alone, staring at each other, their connection never having been broken.
The focus of kink is so often the connection between dom and sub – how one guides the other to new places they didn’t know they could go. What’s so beautiful about Tatami is the shared experiences between the mistresses and submissives themselves – the former two playing together, the latter two enduring, exploring and adoring each other. It’s a refreshing shift in focus that reminds us of the deep emotional connection kink can foster between all kinds of people, that perceived ‘extremity’ can be the foundation for something honest and raw – a source of love and relief, as well as pleasure.
Tatami is available from Trouble Films