7/15 19:05~ @Spiral Hall
★Closing Event & Q&A

☆All non-English films have English subtitles.

Dir:Graham Kolbeins
2019|JAPAN|101 min|Japanese
World Premiere
Official Site
Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan. From shiny pride parades to playfully perverse underground parties, Queer Japan pictures individuals living brazenly unconventional lives in the sunlight, the shadows, and everywhere in between.

Compiled from more than 100 interviews conducted over 3 years in locations across Japan, Queer Japan features a wide variety of individuals sharing their experiences in their own words. In each interview you will witness the joy, the triumphs, and the struggles of living as a sexual minority in their personal words.

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. World-renowned photographer Leslie Kee, drag queen Simone Fukayuki, and anti-racist activist Akira the Hustler are also among the many iconic subjects in Queer Japan.

The producer of this film adds: “My wish is for the broader public who are not aware of the queer world to understand it better through the raw stories told by the people of this community.”