Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009)
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What is it about the Japanese and bugs? Inside a Tokyo pet shop, a little boy delights in selecting his new pet, a rainbow beetle costing $57.00. Japanese aesthetics -- whether textiles, architecture, gardening, graphics, brush painting or haiku -- all reflect a highly refined appreciation for both the diminutive and the transient. Beetle Queen explores the world of Japanese insect-lovers, from the sublime--families who visit the countryside to hear choruses of crickets or experience the
Jun 11, 2009 Wide
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No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
Beetle Queen does a wonderful job of showing the connection between things like Zen gardens, bonsai trees and the love of watching insects move in a small habitat.
A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.
This lyrical, meditative effort about the Japanese obsession for bugs of all kinds examines the subject from a deeply philosophical, historical and sociological perspective.
A gentle docu-tribute to Japan's age-old connection to the insect world, a meditative piece that is by turns hypnotically beautiful and painfully slow.
After initially pondering the basic fact that creepy-crawlies are not always viewed with affection elsewhere, the film delves into Japanese thought and culture.
A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is a bizarre, fascinating and frequently beautiful documentary but it's also let down by a frustrating lack of structure.
It flies like a moth around its subject suggesting, sometimes playfully and occasionally ponderously, that we humans are as much like bugs as the creepy-crawlies themselves.
There's a hypnotic quality to its flow of images, allowing the viewer to see the insect world anew.
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
What's the big deal? Sure, it's a bit eccentric that the Japanese take to insects, but that's tame stuff next to Ninja Turtles and pet rocks.
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