Shinjuku Boys

Monday, April 11, 2016

Post-film discussion with Ginger Brooks Takahashi!

Shinjuku Boys captures the neon glamor of the New Marilyn, an onnabe club in Tokyo, where women disillusioned with cis-gendered male heterosexism mingle with hosts who live their lives as men. Following three of the club’s most sought-after personalities who speak candidly of sex, transvestitism and gender roles long before “the transgender tipping point,” Shinjuku Boys is a gripping look at the valencies of female sexuality in Tokyo’s bustling club scene. “Through my experiences in Japan, I felt how restrictive gender roles have been,” writes artist, publisher and performer Ginger Brooks Takahashi, founding editor of LTTR. “Seeing the lives of Japanese gender queers and butches was like learning about a secret world. It blew my mind.”

  • Country UK
  • Year 1995
  • Running Time 53 minutes
  • Director Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams