Market Premiere - Tokyo Rats: Kabukicho's Poisonous Beauty
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 22 June 2020
[Original Version - English Subtitles] Ahead of large-scale redevelopment plans before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Shinjuku's Kabukicho -- Tokyo's largest red-light district -- is facing major changes. This documentary is directed and narrated by an NHK director who was born and raised near Shinjuku, while her mother runs three mahjong salons including one at the entrance of Kabukicho. For almost the first time in her life, the director goes against her mother's orders to stay away from "the dangerous district" to meet Kabukicho's "misfits" head-on, while contemplating the things that should not be lost and her place in them.
Direction: Terue Yunoki Country: Japan Length: 52min Production: NHK Distribution: NHK Enterprises
Please visit the NHK's virtual booth for extra information on the film.