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Program Title: Eat the Kimono
EASC Code: JE-06
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Arts & Music, History, Education
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
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Release Date: 1989
Running Time: 60 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Eat the Kimono is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture’s contempt for independence and unconventionality. She denounced Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal, and dismissed death threats made against her by right-wing groups. “You mustn’t be eaten by the kimono,” says Genshu, making reference to the traditional Japanese dress designed to restrict movement for women, “You must eat the kimono, and gobble it up.” From the directors of The Good Wife of Tokyo and Hidden Faces.


“A feast of contrasts—past and present, ritual and instinct, urban wealth and rural poverty: a fascinating biography…handled with immense skill and sensitivity.”
Angela Sweeney
Independent Media

Data Entry Date: 12/8/06