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Film > YAJI AND KITA: THE MIDNIGHT PILGRIMS (MAYONAKA NO YAJI-SAN KITA-SAN)
THU | AUG 17 | 7:00 PM | EMPIRE GRANVILLE 7 CINEMAS
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director: Kankuro Kudo
Nothing could possibly prepare you for this, the first-ever gay-samurai-road-movie-musical! Set sometime in between the Edo period and, like, never, Yaji and Kita tells the dizzying story of two gay samurai who are just looking for a slice of peace in this crazy, mixed-up world. Setting out for the fabled land of Ise, where Yaji hopes his lover Kita can kick his nasty drug habit, the two proclaim (with the help of a legion of back-up dancers) that they were “BORN…BORN TO BE GAY!” And with that, their wild quest begins. It’s a crazy ride, and their trials are many: mushrooms growing out of their faces, elephants with tasty fins and poisonous eyebrows, King Arthur’s sword and gangs of celebrity-hunting school girls. The boys battle it all, and risk losing one another in the process.
Directed by Kankuro Kudo, the current “golden boy” of Japanese filmmaking and writer of the massive Japanese hits Ping Pong and Go, Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims is an imaginative feast. Crafted with outrageous fancy, outlandish humour and a completely joyous sense of wonder, the film induces its own kind of high. It’s wholly disarming, and, not unlike our own crazy, mixed-up world, strangely life affirming; things might be a mess, but at least we’ve got each other.