Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 2010 NR

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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the mystery of Japan's love affair with insects. From cricket-selling businesses of the 1800s to modern Tokyo where beetles sell for $90,000, insects inspire enthusiasm in Japan seen nowhere else.

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1 hour 31 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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Genres Documentary
Director Jessica Oreck
Studio Factory 25
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Stop right there! If you're browsing "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" because it sounds like a terrific monster movie (and how can you not be enchanted by the title?), you may be surprised by this quietly effective documentary. Director Jessica Oreck serves up an intriguing and artful examination on the Japanese acceptance and fascination with insects. From beetles to dragonflies to crickets, Japanese culture embrace insects as a vital and beautiful part of the natural world. Through captivating visuals, historical vignettes, and even poetry--the film really explores this phenomenon and the symbiotic relationship between all species. It's smart and thoughtful and should easily appeal to nature lovers or people with a cultural interest in Japan. Beyond that, though, there is something quite spiritual in the film's tone.

Some of the more intriguing aspects of the film include how the insect world has developed into big business. People keeping insects as pets is very commonplace. I enjoyed a visit to a warehouse event (like a trade show almost) where hundreds of shoppers come to pick up bugs and bug cultivating supplies. Through brief segments, we see a few purveyors who have gotten rich from the retail aspects of this thriving enterprise. I was also amused by how many insect related video games seemed to be available--especially the one where giant beetles battled for dominance and victory.

It is more than entomology, although that plays a significant role. This is much more contemplative then you might presume. Bugs are beautiful creations--some people even keep crickets to enjoy their music! (Makes me feel guilty for having been mad when an annoying cricket has kept me awake at night with its incessant noise!
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My local natural history museum showed this film so I thought it would be filled with philosophical and scientific information. I loved the sections with haiku but the rest of the film seemed to be taken up with long footage of beetles trapped in jars and boxes being purchased for exorbitant prices.
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By Mike Everleth on January 3, 2014
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Poetic and visually stunning documentary that offers a vision of the Japanese culture's infatuation with insects. The film observes, interprets and presents gorgeous visual documentation of this phenomenon that really transports the viewer to another world.
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