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. Interviewees include drag queen Vivienne Sato, erotic manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, butoh dancer Atsushi Matsuda, multimedia artist Nogi Sumiko, HIV+ advocate Hiroshi Hasegawa, activist Akira the Hustler, and transgender author Tomato Hatakeno.
- Bonus Scenes - Short Film: The
House of Gay Art - U.S. Theatrical Trailer -
Other Trailers - Reversible Art
“Featuring a wide array of interviews from kinksters, club owners,
drag artists, and politicians -- Graham Kolbeins paints an electric and
multifaceted portrait of queer culture in contemporary Japan.” -Chicago
"A kaleidoscopic look at a marginalized community, Queer Japan is
required viewing for anyone in the community as well as their allies."
“The movie is a plea not simply for respect but for a recognition of
the existential reality of each of our identities.” -Variety
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