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Okoge (1992)

 -  Drama  -  2 April 1993 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Michiyo Yokoyama ...
Manami
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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social treatise on gays in society does not forsake drama
16 October 2007 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Nakajima's take on Japanese attitudes to gays is intriguing to come to 15 years after its initial release. Inevitably, you find yourself asking how much has changed in that intervening decade-and-a-half. The answer is, apart from the hairstyles and fashions, not very much. Gays are still only visible in the public eye in their most effeminate form, and their role in society still seems strictly to be entertaining the straight masses with their raging queen antics. Red-blooded everyday Joe gays like Goh are still in the closet.

It is a paradoxical situation, because most Japanese when pressed express opinions that are tolerant of homosexuality, and out-and-out anti-gay sentiments are rarely, if ever, heard. So why are all the gays hiding?

Of course, the film is more about its characters than social attitudes. Fortunately, Nakajima's nuanced characters and humorous touch ensure that the narrative of lost love and damaged souls redeemed stays on course. The spotlight on social attitudes is never too glaring. Regrettably, the film descends into farce at times, as when the drag queens fight the mobsters, and every time Goh's mother makes her vaudeville-style appearance. But Okoge is enlightening, challenging, moving and still asks uncomfortable questions of Japanese society after all these years. Well worth a look.


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