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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

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All Creatures Great And Small--A Documentary Celebrating Japan's Fascination With The Insect Realm May 24 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
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!) There is just such a reverence and respect for the natural world, it's hard not to captivated by the enthusiasm. A truly unique and interesting documentary that showed me many things I was unaware of, check it out for a different perspective on creepy crawlies. KGHarris, 5/11.
This is a rare sort of film... Oct. 6 2014
By M&I - Published on
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Documentary and poetry weave together the sense of what it feels like to be among those who embrace this culture. If you are looking for a history channel style documentary this isn't it. If you are looking for relief from the staleness and excess from your documentaries, this IS it. This is a rare sort of film, but not necessarily for a rare sort of film watcher. Try it, you might find yourself craving more films that break the mold such as this.
A complete disappointment Jan. 8 2014
By Leean Knetzer - Published on
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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.
Beautiful documentary Jan. 3 2014
By Mike Everleth - Published on
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.
Fast service and product is great Jan. 20 2013
By E in the World - Published on
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Fast service - good product. What more do I need to say? It is exactly what I wanted and I would recommend this product and seller. I love this documentary. It combines science, culture and is wonderful. Expand your world and appreciate nature.

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