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Program Title: 150 Years of US-Japan Relations Past, Present, and Future
EASC Code: JD-08
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: West-East Relationship/Diaspora, History
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Kim Longinotte
Producer: A Women Make Film Release
Release Date: 1994
Running Time: 50 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Dream Girls opens a door into the specular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful theater company in Japan where all roles are played by women. Thousands of young Japanese women apply to enter the Takarazuka Music School each year. The few that are accepted will endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue. Once on stage these performers create a fantasy world---a world in which "men" are always handsome and sensitive, women are always glamorous, and love is grand. Millions of Japanese women adore the romantic heros (played by women), idolising them like heartthrob pop stars. "We'll never meet men like this" say two young girls "but it helps you forget about the pain of life for a while." A Japanese Is Burning with a twist, Dream Girls offers a compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today.
Data Entry Date: 11/5/2003