Tragedy after popular JAV actress drowns while filming bukkake scene in Tokyo

Frame grab from an unrelated JAV bukkake scene

Japan’s adult movie industry is today in mourning after reports that a popular actress has died in a tragic workplace accident while shooting a scene for an upcoming film.

Local media reported that the 23-year old actress – who remains unnamed due to Japanese laws requiring her next of kin to be formally notified first – died after drowning in semen while filming a scene involving at a studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.

According to a camera operator who witnessed the incident, the actress was filming a bukkake scene when the accident occurred. Bukkake is a popular scenario in JAV titles, and involves a group of male actors ejaculating, typically onto the face of a female actor.

“For this scene, there were around 30 male actors lined up,” said the camera operator. “The actress was kneeling on the ground and the actors were taking turns to ejaculate onto her. The director insisted that they direct their semen into her mouth, which is quite normal in a JAV movie.”

However, it appears that the actress began to choke at some point during the process, a fact that was not immediately apparent to the director and the other male actors. The camera operator explained that they assumed she was simply acting, when in reality she was struggling to breathe.

“It came as quite a shock to us when she collapsed,” he told journalists. “The director was angry at first, telling her that she’d ruined the shot. However, when it became clear that she really couldn’t breathe everyone became shocked.”

The camera operator said many of the male actors became quite panicked, but one of them who had received medical training rushed forward to help. “He tried to scoop as much of the semen out before starting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but it was too late. There was nothing anyone could have done.”

Bukkake – a word meaning ‘to splash rudely’ – has become one of the most popular acts depicted in Japanese adult films. Most JAV releases include at least one scene that features bukkake. However, this incident is believed to be the first bukkake-related fatality on record.

“This could definitely have major implications for the JAV industry,” said one adult movie analyst. “If the authorities demand a ban on bukkake – which is likely in the aftermath of this tragedy – then it could really have an impact on industry revenue.”

The JAV industry was valued at over US$7 billion in 2016, making it one of the most lucrative businesses in Japan’s media space. JAV titles are popular domestically, but also in foreign market, primarily across other Asian nations.

It’s not immediately clear if the tragic death of the 23-year old actress will lead to a ban on studios shooting bukkake scenes, but analysts do expect tougher regulation and safety measures in the aftermath of the incident.

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