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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
Michino Yokoyama ... Manami (as Michiyo Yokoyama)
Noriko Sengoku ... Kinoe Yoshino, Goh's mother
Toshie Negishi ... Yayoi Terazaki, Tochi's wife
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Toshinori Omi
Casey Takamine ... (as Cacy 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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Drama | Romance

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2 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fag Hag  »

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$251,032
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Flawed But Interesting Glimpse Of Gay Japanese Culture
3 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Overall I'd say OKOGE is pretty melodramatic, and has a few flaws but I still like. I liked the dark, grainy look of the movie, which matches the moody and conflicted characters perfectly. I can't say that I loved the characters - but they are very well-defined, and I did like the central character (Goh), who attempts to negotiate the varied rites of passage a gay Westerner would have to, only to encounter some serious, perhaps Japan-specific dilemmas that might seem anachronistic in the West. As a character he's not very dynamic, but his angst seems extremely real, and this is OKOGE's strong point. The main value of OKOGE almost seems to be as a document of the differences between gay cultures in various developed nations (and of how globalized ideals of what the norms in a given culture should be are often radically at odds with the everyday realities in the local segment of that same culture) - as cinema its' value is debatable, but viewed from a more sociological angle it's a fascinating and very provocative film.


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