"Beautiful publicity": An introduction to queer Asian film

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With a few seemingly apolitical exceptions, openly queer cinemas have generally charted two opposing courses-a propagandistic search for bourgeois acceptance or a radical challenge to sexual hegemony. Yet even the most politically challenging of queer films, for example those of Pasolini, are nevertheless distributed and disseminated through the heteronormative and hegemonically capitalist means they philosophically oppose. This essay thus takes as its texts two low-budget gay male Japanese films of the 1980s, which have been made available on international home video, as opposing examples of politico-economic allegories enacted within the self-reflexive contexts of queer cinema and gay male political history. Taken together, the two films present an interlocking example of how Asian queer films both engage and refute "Eastern" and "Western" conceptions of homosexuality and sexual politics in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume39
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

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"Beautiful publicity" : An introduction to queer Asian film. / Grossman, Arnold.

In: Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 39, No. 3-4, 01.12.2000, p. 1-29.

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