Queer East: Hush! + Intro 15

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 3 December 2021

Hush! is classic film in the history of Japanese LGBTQ+ cinema, questioning the traditional structures of family, home, and parenthood. Asako has always avoided meaningful relationships, but after a chance encounter with a gay man, Katsuhiro, she sees the opportunity to become a mother by having a child with him through artificial insemination. When she makes the proposition, Katsuhiro and his partner Naoya are initially astonished, but gradually, they begin to open up to the idea of having a baby. Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s film screened in the official selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, and twenty years after its release, this ground-breaking work can be appreciated for its anticipation of current debates around same-sex families and parenthood.

With an introduction by Queer East Festival Director and Programmer, Yi Wang.

Screening in 35mm as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Find out more: bfijapan.co.uk

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.

Please note: This is a special screening with an introduction - there will be no trailers or adverts before the film begins. The event will start at the time stated so please plan your arrival accordingly.


Ryosuke Hashiguchi
2 hours 15 minutes
Kazuya Takahashi, Reiko Kataoka, Seiichi Tanabe


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