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Angel in the Toilet (1999)

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1999

The 8th Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Japan)
Kino im SCHULZ (Germany)
Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Germany)
Mix Brazil ; Festival of Sexual Diversity (Brazil)

2000

Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2000 (Hong Kong)
2000 Seoul International Queer Film & Video Festival (Korea)
揺れるジェンダー/揺らぐセクシュアリティー (Japan)

2001

FEBIO FEST 2001 GAY A LEZBICKE FILMY (Czech)
Seoul Queer Archive (Korea) program | flyer

2003

The 7th Lisbon Gay And Lesbian Film Festival (Portugal)

2004

Q! Film Festival (Indonesia)

2005

Q! Film Festival Traveling to Jogja (Indonesia)
festival internacional de cine de diversidad sexual (Rosario, Argentine)

2007
InD Blue presents "First Love of The Happy Prince"(Hong Kong, CHINA)

2010
The 1st InDBear International Film Festival (Hong Kong, CHINA)

 

 

 


 


Plot:

In a dank and dirty public toilet loiters a semi-naked youth with tattered wings. From time to time, men enter, urinate and excrete, wash and leave, unaware of the figure watching them. Then a moustachoied figure in a tank top reaches out to him, to fuck him silently in one of the stalls. Lost in reverie, the angel grips his anonymous lover tightly.

Hours pass, perhaps days. Men come and go, most unseeing. Bored and playful, the angel waits for those who see him, staring out from time to time at the world outside. Memories
flash before him, of the time before he became an angel and of the young man he loved.

Angel in the Toilet, Imaizumi Koichi''s 1999 short (33 min), wordless film, starring Narumi Hiroki and enhanced by Iwasa Hiroki''s spare music, is a minor masterpiece. Its visual poetry encompasses eroticism, longing, humour and lingers in the memory long after the final credits have rolled.

Three years later, Koichi wrote and directed the full-length (75 min) Naughty Boys. The title may sound good in Japanese, but it''s misleading in English. It''s not pornography that Koichi offers, but a light-hearted look at love, fidelity and sexual desire.

Young salaryman Gacchan (Akio Yoshioka) is so busy having casual sex that he''s forgotten that it''s his own birthday, and he''s unaware that his lover, Takayuki (the very attractive Yuji Kuwa) has prepared a surprise dinner for him. Cue lover''s tiff and the monogamous Takayuki storming off to Tokyo''s gay Shinjuku district to find himself a one-night stand.

Of course life and the movies are not that easy. The night''s adventures include the gay bar where the mama-san pairs a reluctant Takayuji with an older man, a crazy aggressive drag queen and her acolytes, and the late-night fortune-teller who may or may not be a robot. Not to mention Gacchan watching his every move. But sunrise comes and with it handsome Keiichi eager to seduce him.

What begins as a soap opera turns into a meditation on how we deal with the vicissitudes of love. The subject matter is serious, but Koichi handles it with off-beat humour and style, as he extracts from his actors performances which are less professional than heart-felt.
 


 

 

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