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View this movie from the point of view of a gay Japanese person.
I was initially as baffled by this film as the majority of responders seem to be. What helped me make sense of it was finding out the director had previously been involved in making gay porn--that tells me he is likely gay or at the very least, familiar with the gay community in Japan. In Japan, as I understand it, no one likes to stand out, to seem different. For example, the announcement of the birth of the Princess Aiko a few years ago was delayed because no news media wanted to be the first to announce the event. That is absolutely the opposite of how western-culture media functions. It is almost impossible, for me at least, to imagine what it must be like to live, to think, like that.
And then imagine being gay in a society like that.
Nothing different can possibly be positive, so gay culture must be very, very hidden. A person's sexual preference is central to their identity, most westerners believe these days, anyway.
So look at the film again and think of it from a gay Japanese person's point of view: "It is unacceptable not to be like everyone else. I'm gay. But that is unacceptable. I MUST force myself to be straight, like everyone else." To deny a crucial feature of your innermost identity is like committing suicide. And since homosexuality is genetic and not a matter of choice, as scientists have found in recent years, there must be a great number of gay Japanese doing exactly this--an enormous group of people, a small but significant percent of the population--denying themselves sex, love, partnership, community--a "suicide club".
Look at it that way, and nearly all the mystifying elements make sense. --Whuffler
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