Programmed as part of Stirling Women's Aid Film Takeover
Two fans of the Takarazuka Revue explain why they are so infatuated with an illusory and erotic fantasy world. For 27 years now, the Takarazuka Revue has been a highly successful Japanese theatre project, portraying love in its most romantic, innocent and passionate form. A remarkable feature of the revue is that even the male roles are performed by female actors. Sociologists explain the revue’s success by pointing out the lack of romance in Japanese society, where economic ethics are imperious. Dream Girls explores the hard life behind the scenes of the revue where only a few are admitted per year. A stern and highly disciplined training period awaits them in which they will be seriously humiliated because the supervisors of the revue (indeed men) think that will be advantageous to their character development.
In the New Marilyn nightclub in Tokyo, all the employees are women who have chosen for a life as a man. They dress like men and behave like men, a way of life that is not appreciated in Japan. The boys have scores of female admirers among the audience. Many of the boys have brief and mostly platonic relationships with girls that visit the club, but most of these girls eventually prefer a socially accepted marriage with a real man. This film concentrates on three of these ‘shinjuku boys’. Gaish acts tough and has many girlfriends, but in his heart he is afraid of becoming lonely. Tatsu lives with his girlfriend. Kazuki has a relationship with a man who has chosen to live as a woman. In candid conversations, the three tell about their lives, relationships and fears.
Join us for a post-screening discussion with Kirsty Wright:
Kirsty is the Stirling Student Union Women's Officer and President of the Gender Equality Movement Society, will be leading a discussion around gender, identity and equality.
Programmed by Stirling Women's Aid:
'This choice was inspired by conversations about the limitations and complications that gender binaries create. The group were frustrated by all the assumptions made about, and expectations prescribed to individuals, in everything from dress code, to social behaviour, to professional goals simply because of an imbedded idea of how someone of a certain gender should be.'
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