Natchan’s Little Secret

ひみつのなっちゃん 。

Directed by: Yasujirō Tanaka
2023 / 97 minutes / Unclassified all ages

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Three queens on the road trip of a lifetime!

A drag queen and owner of a gay bar in Tokyo’s vibrant Shinjuku, Natchan carried her gender identity to the grave and hid it from everyone outside her community – including her own mother. Left to mourn are her family of queens, now faced with an unforeseen reality: they have no clue of her address, origin, or legal family. Virgin, Morilyn and Zubuko find themselves bickering their way on the road to Natchan’s funeral in a remote town in the mountains, determined to keep their identities from posthumously exposing her.  

Japan harbours both a beautiful cultural history of gender-bending performance (such as in traditional Noh and kabuki theatre and the women’s theatrical troupe Takarazuka), and like many countries, a contemporary social stigma around it. Grappling with an all-too-common reality of the LGBT+ closet, this comedy has an underlying sense of cultural complexity, and is a heartfelt road trip into self-expression, family and reckoning with loss and acceptance.

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Audience warning: contains mild violence, mild themes of death and discrimination, mild language, mild verbal reference to sexual assault

Thursday 12th October

Palace Electric, Canberra

Tuesday 17th October

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Thursday 19th October

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Saturday 21st October

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Tuesday 24th October

Includes Lucky Door Prize

The Kino, Melbourne

Wednesday 25th October

Palace Balwyn, Melbourne

Sunday 29th October

Includes Lucky Door Prize

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Tuesday 31st October

Palace Verona, Sydney

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Director: Yasujirō Tanaka

Cast: Kenichi Takitō, Shū Watanabe, Tomoya Maeno and Chieko Matsubara

Genre: Comedy

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles

Format: DCP colour