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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo -- A documentary on the cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo -- Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.

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Jessica Oreck (written by)
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12 May 2010 (USA) See more »
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Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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More an Exploration of Japanese Culture than a Movie about Bugs See more (5 total) »

Directed by
Jessica Oreck 
 
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Jessica Oreck  written by

Produced by
Maiko Endo .... co-producer
Akito Kawahara .... co-producer
Jessica Oreck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Grimstad 
J.C. Morrison 
Nate Shaw 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Price Williams 
 
Film Editing by
Theo Angell 
Jessica Oreck 
 
Sound Department
Anthony Erice .... sound mixer
Nate Shaw .... sound editor
 
Music Department
Sean Price Williams .... music supervisor
 

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Argentina:90 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | USA:90 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
More an Exploration of Japanese Culture than a Movie about Bugs, 25 August 2010
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, despite its tongue in cheek title, is a quiet, minimalist study of the Japanese obsession with insects that also sheds light on Japanese culture and outlook on life. As such, it touches on subjects as varied as entomology and Shinto Buddhism, with a meditation on the Japanese concept of beauty to boot.

The film is at its best when it helps us understand why its subjects have such a deep attachment to insects. One example of this is its discussion of the keeping of singing insects such as crickets as pets. Listening on the interviewee's discussion of the beauty of cricket song, I found myself wanting some crickets myself. The film largely avoids the temptation to treat its subjects as camp figures.

The film's minimalist approach and low budget at times act as a hindrance. For instance, the film tends to spend too much time simply watching the streets of Tokyo without relating what we see to the film's subject. Furthermore, the camera work is weak, with night shots in particular being unfocused.

Ultimately, Beetle Queen is an acquired taste, and definitely not for all audiences. It will be best appreciated by people with a serious interest in Japanese culture.

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