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Porn Stars, Clad? They Seem to Appeal to Indonesian Filmgoers

29 March 2011

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Porn Stars, Clad? They Seem to Appeal to Indonesian Filmgoers

It was a cloak-and-dagger moment in Indonesia’s culture war between peddlers of titillation and Islamist conservatives.

In a run-down maternity hospital in Jakarta’s gritty exurbs recently, the shooting of “Evil Nurse 2,” a sequel to a low-budget horror film, proceeded under unusually tight secrecy.

Rather than seek news coverage for the movie, the filmmaker, Ody Mulya Hidayat, swore entertainment reporters to silence. An ill-timed piece of publicity could bring enraged Islamist activists banging down the door. A single leaked photo could invite prosecution and a lengthy jail term.

The reason for all the furtiveness was Sora Aoi, a diminutive Japanese sex-film star who had been spirited into the country for a leading role in the movie, her presence concealed as she was ferried between her hotel and shoots around Jakarta.

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via New York Times

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