Project Description

Love Hotel

LandUK
Jahr2014
Länge75
SpracheJapanisch
RegisseurPhilip Cox, Hikaru Toda
ProduzentGiovanna Stopponi
Sophie Parrault
KameraPhilip Cox, Hikaru Toda
SchnittEsteban Uyarra
Cast-

As Japan moves towards a more conservative stance, the survival of its 37,000 love hotels – overnight lodging where guests can indulge in sexual fantasies outside of their restrictive jobs and personal lives – is more uncertain, making Philip Cox and Hikaru Toda’s film a time capsule of a once-permissive business a thing of the past. The characters in Love Hotel include single men, pensioners, a dominatrix, heterosexual and gay couples, and staff of Osaka’s Angel Love Hotel, with most allowing the camera to hover close by and capture the guests’ efforts to rekindle, explore, open up, or just discuss issues and strengthen relationships. The undercurrent of governmental incursions – tit-for-tat rules designed to legally rob the hotels of their essential purpose – start to emerge in the final third, but the directors chose to avoid examining the reasons for governmental crackdowns and cultural shift. What saves the film is the refreshing presentation of private sexual escapes without being sleazy, voyeuristic, and exploitative.



Philip Cox, Hikaru Toda

Philip Cox 262Philip Cox ist seit 1998 Co-Regisseur der preisgekrönten Native Voice Films und hat über 30 Filme für TV und Kino gedreht. Sein jüngster Film THE BENGALI DETECTIVE wurde 2013 beim 1. Filmfestival Kitzbühel als bester Dokumentarfilm ausgezeichnet. Cox gewann 7 internationale Auszeichnungen und ist der unter anderem Gewinner des Rory Peck Award, der Royal Television Society und dem britischen Grierson Award.

Love Hotel

LandUK
Jahr2014
Länge75
SpracheJapanisch
RegisseurPhilip Cox, Hikaru Toda
ProduzentGiovanna Stopponi
Sophie Parrault
KameraPhilip Cox, Hikaru Toda
SchnittEsteban Uyarra
Cast-

As Japan moves towards a more conservative stance, the survival of its 37,000 love hotels – overnight lodging where guests can indulge in sexual fantasies outside of their restrictive jobs and personal lives – is more uncertain, making Philip Cox and Hikaru Toda’s film a time capsule of a once-permissive business a thing of the past. The characters in Love Hotel include single men, pensioners, a dominatrix, heterosexual and gay couples, and staff of Osaka’s Angel Love Hotel, with most allowing the camera to hover close by and capture the guests’ efforts to rekindle, explore, open up, or just discuss issues and strengthen relationships. The undercurrent of governmental incursions – tit-for-tat rules designed to legally rob the hotels of their essential purpose – start to emerge in the final third, but the directors chose to avoid examining the reasons for governmental crackdowns and cultural shift. What saves the film is the refreshing presentation of private sexual escapes without being sleazy, voyeuristic, and exploitative.



Philip Cox, Hikaru Toda

Philip Cox 262Philip Cox ist seit 1998 Co-Regisseur der preisgekrönten Native Voice Films und hat über 30 Filme für TV und Kino gedreht. Sein jüngster Film THE BENGALI DETECTIVE wurde 2013 beim 1. Filmfestival Kitzbühel als bester Dokumentarfilm ausgezeichnet. Cox gewann 7 internationale Auszeichnungen und ist der unter anderem Gewinner des Rory Peck Award, der Royal Television Society und dem britischen Grierson Award.