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Shinjuku Boy

This documentary reveals the complexity of female sexuality in Japan through the lives of three annabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Annabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify themselves as lesbians. All three talk frankly about their gender-bending lives revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these interviews are sequences shot inside the club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with men. A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. c1995. 53 min.
Reviews and articles:
Maree, Claire. "Ore wa ore dakara ['Because I'm me']: A study of gender and language in the documentary Shinjuku Boys." Intersections; Aug2003, Issue 9, p1, 1p Full-text of this article / review is available:
Morris, Gary. "Rebel Girls: Six Documentaries by Kim Longinotto." Bright Lights Film Journal, Aug2005, Issue 49, p164-168, 5p Full-text of this article / review is available:
Stables, Kate. "Shinjuku Boys/Gaea Girls." Sight & Sound, Mar2010, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p88-88 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only