Japan, 2001, 78 minutes
In Japanese with English subtitles
Blessed is an intensely personal documentary shot and directed by Toshiko Takashi, former director of Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (TILGFF, 1992-93).
Visiting a low-income house in Osaka where she spent 10 years of her childhood, Toshiko encounters two familiar women in their 70s. When she returns three years later, she finds the house has been abandoned. Intercut with poetic reflections and intimate moments that Toshiko spends with her lover Sakura, who works as a stripper, the older women's lives and memories intertwine with the younger couple's in Takashi's dream-like visions.
A fascinating, rarely-screened work of Japanese LGBT cinema that was awarded a Special Mention at the 2002 Visions du Reel from a festival jury including Naomi Kawase.
Blessed was selected by dancer and former director of TILGFF (1996-99) Takao Kawaguchi, who will be performing About Kazuo Ohno at Japan Society on Sept. 16 & 17.
18+. This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members
Part of Monthly Classics - year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema.