The Japanese have a national obsession with insects: Kids keep beetles as pets, and adults gather in reverent groups to celebrate cicadas and such. Summoning her own fondness for this hobby, filmmaker Jessica Oreck has assembled Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, a delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly’s flight. Between meditations on classical Japanese themes of simplicity and tininess, she cuts in groovy pop-Japanese images of punk guys with hair shaped like bugs’ bellies, and a beetle salesman who bought a Ferrari with his profits. B+
Beetle Queen Conquers TokyoThe Japanese have a national obsession with insects: Kids keep beetles as pets, and adults gather in reverent groups to celebrate cicadas and such....Beetle Queen Conquers TokyoDocumentaryPT90MUnratedThe Japanese have a national obsession with insects: Kids keep beetles as pets, and adults gather in reverent groups to celebrate cicadas and such....2010-05-26
SUGAR, BABY An action sequence from Jessica Oreck's Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Genre: Documentary; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted January 17 2015 — 2:22 PM EST
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