When reading Japanese literature one can be transported to Japan's classical past by reading Murasaki Shikibu's _The Tale of Genji_ Sei Shonagon's _Pillow Book_, and Michitsuna's mother's _Kagero Diary_ or to Japan days of ribaldry through the works of Ihara Saikaku. In more recent times they can be transported to the ultra realistic and prosaic worlds of Naoya Shiga and Natsume Soseki, or the poetic worlds of Japan's golden past through Mishima Yukio and Kawabata Yasunari, or the post modern worlds of Murakami Haruki and Yoshimoto Banana. However, there is a seedier side to Japan's literature that can be found in the works of Kirino Natsuo, Nakagami Kenji, Yu Miri, and Murakami Ryu. Another name that should be added to this list is Nozaka Akiyuki. At first glance, one probably thinks that a book with a name like _The Pornographers_ strives to titilate its readers. This could not b further from the case.What this book does is give the reader a glimpse into Japan's underworld: the making of adult films, making films depicting rapes and other carnal fantasies. This book is a real eye opener and should be read with caution. Although it was translated 35 years ago, by a Jesuit no less, this book is often quite graphic, and its words might make the reader see his or her own dark passions.