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105 minutes · 1969

Matsumoto Toshio's 1969 feature, with music by his longtime collaborator Toru Takemitsu, was said to have broken new ground in Japan for its innovative experimental form and its treatment of homosexuality and drag. The film has a slender narrative involving a club owner and various drag queens, two of whom are his lovers, competing to be the main hostess. Matsumoto mixes documentary footage (student demonstrations, interviews with queens) and self-referential gestures (the cast and crew at work) to create a near anarchic form that challenges authority. In Japanese with subtitles.

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