A new controversial Japanese film, Ai no Uzu (Love’s Whirlpool) is making waves on Internet as netizens are surprised to find out that women in particular are connecting with the film. The movie which is adapted from a 2005 play, features extended scenes of group sex and mentions that characters are "clothed only for 18 minutes.”

The movie basically tells the story of a group of strangers who meet to have an orgy one night. While the primary theme of the movie is sex, it is by no means pornographic, in fact one of the reasons why so many people have been drawn to the theater to see it is that the film depicts the search for love and sex in a meaningful way.

One woman stated:

"I was worried that if I came alone, wouldn’t I be looked at strangely? But I still came (haha). If this was an orgy set in, say, America, it would have a bit of a sporty feeling, like they would say, ‘let’s do it,’ with no tact or strategy. However, it’s good that the unique sense of space and timing that Japanese people have is portrayed properly, as well as feelings of love and envy. If there are both people who just want to do it, as well as people who fall in love after doing it, I think it will be taken as the true meaning of love, rather than a crappy romance movie."

So far the movie has been a big success with one report even stating that some audience members had to stand because the theatre was so packed.

Netizens have had mixed responses to the success of the movie with some saying:

"What is the world coming to? Are inferior morals spreading from our neighboring countries?"

"Somehow it feels kinda gross. It’s certainly not leaving a good impression."

"I think it’s abnormal. It symbolizes and promotes the corruption of sexual morality and the spread of STDs."

While others have stated:

"Humans are still animals…"

"The actors are almost all attractive men and women so it looks good."

Regardless of any opinion, the film has generated an interesting discussion about gender, sex and relationships.