[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
* KOSEKI Tomokazu
* SAITO Miho
[ Cast ]
* KAWANO Naoki ADACHI Kensuke
* NAKAMURA Yuri ADACHI Yuko
* KUSANO Kota Karen
[ Staff ]
* Screenplay: KUBOTA Shoji
* Editor: KUBOTA Shoji
* Cinematography: NEGISHI Kenichi
* Sound Recording: TANABE Shigeo
* Music: YOGO Ippei
[ Production Company ]
MAXAM, FAITHentertainment, NEXT LEVEL
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date : December, 1st, 2012
Running Time : 100 min
Genre : Comedy , Drama , Children/Family , Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : HDV
Screen Size : HD (16:9)
Subtitle : English
[ Story ]
An honest coming-of-age film about cross-dressing, in which a reclusive young man learns of the existence of “Josoko” (men who wear women’s clothing) and begins to reconnect with society. Written and directed by Kubota Shoji, it was his third movie in consecutive years to be officially selected by the Montreal World Film Festival.
Kensuke (Kawano Naoki) joins a company straight out of university but quits after only half a year, and his pessimistic view of life leads him to hole up in his bedroom. His family indulge him and he spends his time doing very little, but his curiosity is aroused one day when he discovers a website for cross-dressing men.
[ Official Site ]
Born on 1974 in Miyazaki and formed as a screenwriter. Kubota Shōji started directing with the feature film Zoku (2006), a disturbing psychological thriller. His first feature film was Three Count (2009), a story of moral redemption set in the world of wrestling. It was followed by Shitsuren satsujin (Lost Love Murder, 2009) which drawn from a story by Edogawa Ranpo, the story of a man obsessed with the idea that his wife trades. Crazy-ism (2011) finally, resumed without interruption over forty hours and set in a gym tells of a dramatic conflict inside a band of young malevolent exploding after a robbery.
The Little Girl in Me takes over from the previous opera of the director the attention to the world of outsiders. Who for some reason lives an alienated relationship with the world around him. The protagonist of the story is the young Kensuke, who was fired at work for a series of mistakes he made and ends up locking himself in his room and decided not to leave it anymore. The young man thus becomes a hikikomori, spending the days in the dark at the screen of a computer. Prepare and take their meals, leaving them in front of the door of the room and thinking of his sister. They also live with their silent father, who goes to his job every morning. One day, Kensuke comes into contact with the blog of a disguise, Karen and thus goes over the threshold of a world unknown to him but perhaps more suited to what he had been in contact with so far.
Kensuke / Alice’s in the Wonderland or in the world of disguise is not a journey without any obstacles. Kubota’s talent as director and screenwriter of the film is well in his ability to outline the controversial feelings of the protagonist, hesitations and guilt. The difficulties of those who find themselves on a different path from the more orthodox ones the company pushes you to follow. There is the embarrassment of the first time someone shows up in women’s clothing (first to other disguises, then to those who disguised themselves are not). There is fear of the judgment of others in Education, Employment or Training “disguised as a single parent in the family”, a neighbor who recognizes him screams at him). There is a difficulty to understand and to make sure that dressing does not necessarily mean to be gay too. And above all, there are guilty feelings of guilt towards one’s own family: towards his sister, who after a moment of initial difficulty will be close to him and toward his father whose journey will be more difficult but also a resolver. The man after an understandable initial rejection (“I prefer you to be a hikimori gay”) will be who will ultimately give Kensuke the strength to not abandon his new reality and to continue along that path that may be able to free its authentic way to be.
From stereotypes, attentive to the representation of the world of transvestism, effective in outlining individual psychologies, The Little Girl in Me is the film of a director who seems to have to know more closely.