BEETLE QUEEN CON­QUERS TOKYO

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In this doc­u­men­tary, di­rec­tor Jes­sica Oreck starts us off with an ex­am­i­na­tion of Ja­pan’s fas­ci­na­tion with keep­ing large in­sects as pets. She soon cov­ers the coun­try’s in­fat­u­a­tion with in­sects from ev­ery pos­si­ble an­gle, spi­ral­ing into sub­jects such as Ja­pan’s his­tory, re­li­gion, and iden­tity as well as its ob­ses­sion with min­i­mal­ism and tran­sience. Oreck es­chews talk­ing heads and the strict lin­ear nar­ra­tive of most doc­u­men­taries, in­stead of­fer­ing a scat­ter­shot col­lage of topics and im­ages. It’s a must-see for nat­u­ral­ists and Ja­panophiles. Not rated. 90 min­utes. In English and Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See re­view, Page 64.

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