Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 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… Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 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… Unrated PT90M Documentary
Movie Review

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo | SUGAR, BABY An action sequence from Jessica Oreck's Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
SUGAR, BABY An action sequence from Jessica Oreck's Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

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+

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Originally posted May 26, 2010 Published in issue #1105-1106 Jun 04, 2010 Order article reprints
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