Shinjuku Boys + The Fish with One Sleeve

Shinjuku Boys introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Onnabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don’t usually identify as lesbians. As the film follows them at home and on the job, all three talk frankly to the camera about their gender-bending lives, revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these illuminating interviews are fabulous sequences shot inside the Club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with real men. 

From the makers of Dream Girls, this is a remarkable documentary about the complexity of female sexuality in Japan. Set in Tokyo night life, Shinjuku Boys is a delightful piece of 1990s queer history, and an honest document of visionary explorations around gender and sexuality. 

by Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams

UK, 1994

Japanese
(English subtitles)

54 min.

Documentary

Moviemento
28.05.2022 – 16:00

Supporting film

片袖の魚 (THE FISH WITH ONE SLEEVE)

Hikari Shintani (Yu Ishizuka), a trans woman, works at an ornamental fish company and lives alone in Tokyo. While occasionally feeling an indescribable distance between herself and others, she shares a good rapport with her coworkers and a trans woman friend. One day, Hikari returns to her hometown for a business trip. To reveal her true self as a woman, she gathers her courage and texts her old classmate Takashi, a long unrequited love from high school.

by Tsuyoshi Shoji

Japan, 2021

Japanese
(English subtitles)

34 min.

Narrative

Moviemento
28.05.2022 – 16:00

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