Shinjuku Boys

In Conversation

  • Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of, which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LGBTQ+ cinema.

  • TT Takemoto is an artist, filmmaker, and scholar exploring hidden dimensions of same sex intimacy and trauma in Asian and Asian American history. Takemoto conjures up queer historical fantasies by manipulating found footage and engaging with tactile dimensions of the archive.

  • Amy Sueyoshi is currently serving as provost at San Francisco State University. They are a historian by training with expertise at the intersection of queer studies and Asian American studies.

This is an amazing mid-1990s snapshot of AFAB (assigned female at birth) gender identity in Japan. Tatsu, Gaish, and Kazuki pass as men and work as hosts at Tokyo’s New Marilyn Club, a nightspot where straight women spend time with the charming onabe (an expansive term that can encompass both butch lesbians and trans men). Tatsu is a trans man who lives with his girlfriend, Tomoe. Gaish is a tough-talking “in-between” heartbreaker with a string of girlfriends. And Kazuki lives with Kumi, a trans woman nightclub dancer. The suave trio speaks frankly to the camera about sex, queerness, trans identity, and masculinity.

  • Kim Longinotto
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 53 mins
  • Academy Film Archive
  • Women Make Movies

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