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


Jessica Oreck


Jessica Oreck
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Working backwards through history, "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" explores the mystery of the development of Japan's love affair with bugs. Using insects like an anthropologist's toolkit, the film uncovers Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners' perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and even the seemingly mundane realities of their day-to-day routines.

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Be prepared to look at the world differently after this movie
25 September 2012 | by Cody-485-546664See all my reviews

'Look at insects--carefully. It's actually a way of life.' These words, spoken by Dr. Takashi Yoro, a beloved philosopher who is filmed in a rare interview in this movie (and yes, I did have to look him up, because I was touched by what he said), could be a guiding metaphor for Beetle Queen. I watched insects on the screen as I have never watched them in real life. I began to watch them as the Japanese in the movie seem to watch them--with wonder.

By the time of the firefly scene at the center of the movie, I was spellbound. The music-- Japanese pop from the 80's--was so perfect. It sort of sparkled, just like the scene. I actually ended up buying the soundtrack which I have enjoyed richly but it made me want to see the film again.

So I rented it from Netflix to watch again recently--pretty rare for me--but I wanted the wonder.

I got it in spades.

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Release Date:

12 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Królowa zuków podbija Tokio See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,498, 16 May 2010

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Myriapod Productions See more »
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)


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