Sayoko, a young woman, meets Goh and his older gay lover Tochi, and invites them to use a room in her apartment. The three become good friends until Tochi's wife threatens to expose Tochi ... See full summary »

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Sayoko Morohashi
Takehiro Murata ...
Goh Yoshino
Takeo Nakahara ...
Tochi, Tochihiko Terazaki
Atsushi Fukazawa ...
Tamio
Takatoshi Takeda ...
Tsuyuki, Bartender
Masayuki Shionoya ...
Kurihara
Kyôzô Nagatsuka ...
Toichi, Goh's brother
Mitsuko Oka ...
Tokuko
Michino Yokoyama ...
Manami (as Michiyo Yokoyama)
Noriko Sengoku ...
Kinoe Yoshino, Goh's mother
Toshie Negishi ...
Yayoi Terazaki, Tochi's wife
Dump Matsumoto
Toshinori Omi
Casey Takamine ...
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Sayoko, a young woman, meets Goh and his older gay lover Tochi, and invites them to use a room in her apartment. The three become good friends until Tochi's wife threatens to expose Tochi to his office workers. Tochi leaves and Goh falls for a new man, Kurihara. Sayoko tries to entice Kurihara to meet Goh, but he is not really gay. Kurihara seduces and abuses Sayoko, leaving her with child. Written by Will Gilbert

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2 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Fag Hag  »

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$251,032 (USA)
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A shocking but honest portrayal of the Asian Gay Dilemma!
4 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an old Japanese film with a grainy picture quality. However, the realism and accuracy of the portrayal of life for Japanese gays remain accurate to this day in 2006.

It is a very moving and tragic story, and for those of us who had journeyed though similar social and spiritual battles, this movie is a tearjerker. It reminds me of the fact that social progress hasn't caught up with the developed Asian nations (Japan, Korean, Taiwan,Singapore and a few other regions).

As a gay man who grew up in the West, but the son of very traditional Asian parents, I see many family battles of my own reflected in this movie. It is truly a sad movie for Asian gay men to watch, and a real gem of social anthropological study for Westerners studying Asian gays and Asian attitudes towards homosexuality.

I recommend you buy this DVD. It is a great piece of work to own. I had it a decade ago on VHS tape, and I was thrilled to be able to own it on DVD now.

For those who watch it and think this movie's plot is too unreal... I would like to remind them that they are watching it from their Western perspective. I can assure them, that 70% of the movie is almost identical to my own experiences... and I did NOT write the screenplay!!! If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for???


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