Japanese queer/gay cinema

Yuki Nakayama yuki.nakayama at gmail.com
Fri Apr 16 01:25:06 EDT 2010


The Hashiguchi films mentioned by Artur Szarecki are good. the homosexual
themes are the main themes of the film, not some side character or a side
theme. Just to add, the director himself is also one of the few directors
who is openly gay and has a relatively mainstream following of both homo and
heterosexual audiences. Even though his most recent film "Gururi No Koto"
(all around us) does not deal with homosexuality, he said in an interview
that this films is an extension of his previous films and he wanted to
highlight a specific relationship between lovers. it might be interesting to
look at it since he is a homosexual director. I will let you know if I can
think of more film titles.

Good Luck,
Yuki Nakayama

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM, Dick Stegewerns
<dick.stegewerns at xs4all.nl>wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> I have a graduate student who wants to write on Japanese films dealing with
> homo- or trans-sexuality but who is not terribly successful in finding films
> and sources. I am afraid my mind is blank and I cannot think of more than a
> handful of films (not pink or porn) in which homosexuality is a major theme
> and cannot recollect having read one book or article on the subject.
> Film titles and reading suggestions (both English and Japanese) most
> welcome.
> Regards,
> Dick Stegewerns
> Oslo University
> On 13.04.2010 04:51, Alex Bates wrote:
>> How was the film?  I'm looking forward to seeing it.
>> There is a great resource at the Japan Foundation for finding
>> translations:
>> http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/media/exchange/translationsearch.html
>> A search there showed translations in German, Spanish, Polish, Italian,
>> Hungarian and Czech, as well as English.
>> Here is the citation for the English version:
>> "Villon's Wife" translated by Donald Keene, in New Directions 15, 1955.
>> pages: 176-195
>> best,
>> Alex
>> Alex Bates
>> East Asian Studies
>> Dickinson College
>> Carlisle, PA 17013
>> On Apr 12, 2010, at 10:19 PM, Michael Kerpan wrote:
>>  Just enjoyed seeing Negishi's new adaptation of Dazai's Villon's Wife --
>>> and wonder if there is an English translation of the source story?
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