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Japan

Program Title: Shinjuku Boys
EASC Code: JS-27
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Civilization
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director:
Producer: Women Make Movies!
Release Date: 1996
Running Time: 53 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: An absolutely fascinating glimpse into the world of Japanese drag kings. Much of the action is filmed in a Tokyo club called the New Marilyn Club, where female-to-male cross-dressers entertain their pay-for-hire dates who are straight women who have ditched their men. Judith Butler's adage: "some girls like their boys to be girls," really functions well at the New Marilyn Club. Interestingly, neither the "annabe" (the drag kings) nor the straight women identify as lesbians.
Data Entry Date: 11/15