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Queer Japan

Directed by: Graham Kolbeins | 2020 | 1h 39m | Unrated | In Japanese w/ English subtitles

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OPENED ON 12/11
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• General Admission – $8.00

48 hours to watch. Available in US/Canada only. Watch on phone, computer or mirror to TV via AppleTV, Chromecast or HDMI cable.

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Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to shine in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan. From glossy pride parades to playfully perverse underground parties, Queer Japan pictures people living brazenly unconventional lives in the sunlight, the shadows, and everywhere in between.

Dazzling, iconoclastic drag queen Vivienne Sato peels back the layers of language and identity. Maverick manga artist Gengoroh Tagame tours the world with his unapologetically erotic gay comics. Councilwoman Aya Kamikawa recounts her rocky path to becoming the first transgender elected official in Japan. At legendary kink-positive hentai party Department H, non-binary performance artist Saeborg uses rubber to create a second skin. Culled from 100+ interviews conducted over 3 years in locations across Japan, QUEER JAPAN features dozens of individuals sharing their experiences in their own words. Get to know a vibrant and inspiring group of human beings in a country with a unique history of queer expression.

“There is nothing, simply nothing, to make you feel that you’ve led a sexually-sheltered life, that your understanding of the modern fluid, on-the-spectrum nature of sexuality is superficial at best, than ‘Queer Japan’.”
– MOVIE NATION

“The movie is a plea not simply for respect but for a recognition of the existential reality of each of our identities.”
– VARIETY

“There’s a lot to see and to think about here, all well-curated by a documentarian with a clear passion for his subject.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“An engagingly colorful panorama.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER