Queer East 2021: Gohatto (35mm)

Queer East 2021: Gohatto (35mm)

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  • Sat 25 Sep
    16:00 This screening is in 35mm

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  • Sat 25 Sep
  • 100 minutes
  • Director: Nagisa Oshima
  • Japan (1999)


Gohatto is Nagisa Oshima’s final feature film, a stunning piece of work that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and screens from a rare 35mm print. The young and handsome Kano Sozaburo is admitted to the Shinsengumi, an elite samurai group that seeks to defend the Tokugawa shogunate against reformist forces. Kano is a skilled swordsman, but his physical beauty leads the members of the strictly male group to compete for his affections, generating tensions that threaten to become lethal. In Gohatto, Oshima explores the ambiguous forms of masculinity that the samurai code concealed, with a terrific cast including Ryuhei Matsuda, Takeshi Kitano and Tadanobu Asano subtly capturing the dangers of repressed homoerotic desire.

Part of Queer East 2021, an LGBTQ+ film festival showcasing East and Southeast Asian queer cinema, in London from 15 to 26 September.

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