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Lily Festival (2001)

Yurisai (original title)
Delightful romantic complications are stirred up with the arrival of a 75-year-old Casanova, Mr. Miyoshi, at a senior citizens' apartment building. Mrs. Miyano and her five other apartment ... See full summary »

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Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Rie Miyano
Mickey Curtis ...
Terujiro Miyoshi
Utae Shôji ...
Umeka Mariko (as Utae Shoji)
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Renako Yokota
Sanae Nakahara ...
Teruko Satoyama
Chisako Hara ...
Atsuko Namiki
Hisako Ôkata ...
Yoshi Kitagawa
Sachiko Meguro ...
Nene Totsuka
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Delightful romantic complications are stirred up with the arrival of a 75-year-old Casanova, Mr. Miyoshi, at a senior citizens' apartment building. Mrs. Miyano and her five other apartment mates, who range in age from 69 to 91, find their lives forever transformed by his flattery and sexual attentions. Dauntlessly they break out of their shells, reclaiming their own desires. Lily Festival is a humorous and subversive erotic fantasy in which Mrs. Miyano, having found her desire, is now confronting the possibilities of lesbian love for the first time. Lily Festival portrays the lively reawakening of older women who have been shackled by both oppression of women and discrimination against the elderly # these women are definitely not cute old ladies. Director Sachi Hamano has released over 300 low-budget adult films portraying sexuality from women's perspectives. Funding for Lily Festival was provided in part by donations from more than 12,000 women from all over Japan who support ... Written by Inside Out programme notes

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26 August 2001 (Japan)  »

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This film is demeaning to older women!
6 October 2003 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Yurisai (2001), known as "Lily Festival" in the U.S., was shown at the Rochester Gay and Lesbian film festival. It was presented as a delightful comedy about older women and their sexuality.

I found this film to be demeaning to older women. It's true that women in their late 60's and older are often widowed or divorced, and that it's hard from them to meet men of their own age. However, I think it's unfair to present six women falling all over themselves and betraying their friends because an "eligible" man moves into their apartment.

This type of film is bad enough when a handsome man finds himself surrounded by a harem of giggling women in bikinis. It's worse when the women are older, unhappy, and lonely.

The film did portray lesbianism in a positive fashion, but only in the sense of, "If you can't get a man, a woman will have to do."

The woman who is treated most sympathetically (I believe her name is Chisako Hara), is a lovely and elegant actor. She deserves a better vehicle in which to demonstrate her talents!


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