Out This Week: Suffering of Ninko

“We’re in the ancient Japan of the Hyaku-monogatari (the classical ghost-story anthology “The Hundred Tales”), but you’ve never seen a Japanese period movie like this before… Niwatsukino’s wildly enjoyable debut is crammed with humor and visual surprises. At a time when 95% of Japanese indies are about the emotional and sexual-identity problems of young people, it is (to say the least) refreshing to find a movie that goes for broke with a subject that blows genre conventions apart while offering gutsy storytelling, vivid performances and a fabulous sense of cinema’s possibilities. Buddhists will love it, but so will most everyone else.” – Tony Rayns, Vancouver IFF notes

 

An erotic fantasy set in Japan’s Edo period, Suffering of Ninko introduces a sexually irresistible Buddhist monk struggling to stay virtuous as he begins to have strange carnal dreams. Ninko (Masato Tsujioka), a young Buddhist monk, has a serious problem; both women and some men find him sexually irresistible. After a troubling encounter with a naked masked woman, he sets out on a journey to purify himself of these sexual advances and haunting fantasies. One day, he arrives in a village decimated by mountain Goddess, Yama-Onna, who seduces and kills the men of the valley whereby Ninko has met his match.

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The Misandrists © Strand Releasing

Master provocateur Bruce LaBruce is back (and badass as ever) with The Misandrists

A companion piece to his 2005 film The Raspberry Reich, The Misandrists is the latest provocation from iconoclast queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. The title refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. It’s pretty much everything we want from a movie in these trying times… and a whole lot more.

 

The Misandrists begins with Volker (Til Schindler), a young man with an injured leg, stumbling through the forest, pursued by the police and their tracking dogs. When he emerges from the woods, he sees two young women, Isolde and Hilde (Kita Updike and Olivia Kundisch), frolicking in a field not far from a large old country house. When the beautiful young Isolde realizes that the handsome young man is in trouble with the law, she convinces Hilde to help her hide him in the basement of the house, which happens to be a school for wayward girls.

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This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

Beauty © TLA Releasing

Beauty © TLA Releasing

Beauty

2011, South Africa

Beauty is an intense portrait of Francois (Deon Lotz), a dutiful, middle-aged husband and father who frequently sneaks off to an isolated farmhouse to partake in an orgy with other white, married men. While hosting his daughter’s wedding, a charming young man named Christian (Charlie Keegan) approaches the proud father and something snaps inside Francois. He embarks on a dark, unwavering journey of obsession that leads to a shocking and graphic conclusion. Lotz is utterly amazing as Francois, who fills with bitter jealousy and tragically unravels in front of our eyes. Winner of the Queer Palm at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Beauty exposes the ugliness within a homophobic society by challenging us to feel the struggle and self-loathing of a vastly complex character. This is a shocking movie to say the least.

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Throwback Thursday: Safe

Restrained but emotionally involving, this harrowing tale of a woman who becomes physically allergic to the environment doubles as an AIDS allegory. Safe, an indie classic from Todd Haynes, was greatly misunderstood back in 1995, when it was first released. Over the years, it has become a critically-acclaimed cult classic and has garnered a reputation as a subversive stand-out of the New Queer Cinema movement.

 

Safe © Criterion Collection

Safe © Criterion Collection

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Take a trip back to Grey Gardens – in 1972 – with the new documentary That Summer

That Summer is a feature documentary centered on the film project artist Peter Beard initiated in 1972 with Lee Radziwill about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens (who ultimately became the immortal stars of the Maysels’ Brothers’ seminal 1975 classic). Lost for decades, this extraordinary footage re-emerges in a film that focuses on Beard and his family of friends, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island in the 1970s.

 

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My Life with James Dean © Breaking Glass Pictures

Photo Gallery: My Life with James Dean

Invited to present his first feature film, My Life With James Dean, at a festival in Normandy, attractive young writer-director Graud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) has no idea that this film tour is about to change his life. From wild stampedes to woeful screenings, from trawler trips to drunken evenings with an admiring young projectionist (Mickael Pelissier), Graud ends up finding inspiration in an unlikely town at the end of the Earth.

 

Sexy and totally charming, writer-director Dominique Choisy‘s very meta My Life with James Dean is a tribute to life, love and cinema. Check out these select images below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD and VOD at the end of the month.

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Coming Soon: Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love is the feature-length film adaptation of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated novel “Seventy Times Seven” by Salvatore Sapienza.

 

Which “calling” do you answer? The one you feel from God or the one you feel about your true authentic self? That is the exact dilemma that Brother Vito (played by writer/director Anthony J. Caruso) is facing. He’s gay, but devoted to his less-than-accepting religious community. Soon, he must decide between becoming a Brother or declaring his love for Gabe (Derek Babb).

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This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

From Beginning to End © TLA Releasing

From Beginning to End © TLA Releasing

From Beginning to End

2009, Brazil

Set in a sun-burnished Brazil, two boys, Francisco (Joao Gabriel Vasconcellos) and his younger half-brother Thomas (Rafael Cardoso), are being raised in upper-class comfort in Rio by their doting mother. Five years apart, the boys are best friends and unusually close to each other – so much so that their intimacy brings vocal concerns from relatives that maybe they are too close. Several years later, Francisco and Thomas are now strikingly handsome, bronzed young men… and their childhood intensity has evolved into a torrid sexual relationship. But when Thomas is offered a chance to train for the Brazilian swim team in Russia for a long period of time, the proposed separation brings fears that their love will be threatened. Spectacularly shot amidst the mountains, beaches and grand estates of Brazil, this intense drama does not exist for the controversial subject matter alone. Rather, From Beginning to End is a strikingly evocative romance about two men fighting against societal conventions.

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Get Lost in the Absolutely Gorgeous New Gay Romance Malila: The Farewell Flower

The the visually stunning new Thai relationship drama Malila: The Farewell Flower, former gay lovers Shane and Pitch reunite after years apart and try to heal the wounds of their past. Shane is haunted by the tragic death of his daughter, while Pitch suffers a grave illness, rejecting medical treatment as painful and ineffective.

 

A talented artist, Pitch creates beautiful structures made out of flowers and banana leaves as a way to cope with his deteriorating health. Meanwhile, Shane trains to become a Buddhist monk, in an effort to build karma for Pitch… to either keep him alive or to help him along in his afterlife.

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