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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009)

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Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.

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Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.

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12 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Królowa zuków podbija Tokio  »

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$6,498 (USA) (14 May 2010)

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$10,068 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Not A Japanese Monster Movie (or video game---thank goodness)
10 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're one of those who possesses a chronic fear of insects,do yourself a favour & avoid this film at all costs. That aside,Jessica Oreck's stunning documentary,'Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo' is a meditation on the people of Japan,and how & why they worship & honour beetles,crickets,etc. We see how the business of harvesting beetles are a cottage industry. Beetles & other insects are viewed with respect there (it may have a lot to do with their grasp of both Buddism & Shinto,an even more ancient religion that views nature as sacred). Jessica Oreck ('An Anatomy Of Memory')directs this loving meditation on what we in the west view as creepy crawly,and are prone to stepping on insects,rather than understanding them (such a pity). Interviews with philosophers & merchants of beetles,crickets,etc.,as well as footage of Japanese citizens being truly one with their surroundings are aplenty. Spoken in English & Japanese with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film serves up absolutely nothing to offend (but you may consider leaving the little ones home,as they will find the subtitles a crashing bore,as well as the subject matter)


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