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Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys

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Gaea Girls / Shinjuku Boys

  • Japan
  • 2000
  • 104 minutes
  • Documentary
  • LGBT

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Kim Longinotto is renowned for creating extraordinarily intimate portraits of women on the fringes of society, tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. These two films are gripping explorations of the perceptions and complexities of female sexuality in modern Japan.

Gaea Girls follows the gruelling training regime of a group of Japanese professional women wrestlers. Featuring the legendary Chigusa Nagayo, it is a fascinating account of a closely-guarded universe in a country where women are considered docile and subservient.

The Shinjuku Boys are three 'onnabe' - Japanese women who live as men - working as hosts at a Tokyo nightclub for women clients. Filmed at home and at work, they speak frankly about their lives, their hopes and their sexuality.