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BL Metamorphosis
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A young women and an older woman share tea and manga
BL Metamorphosis メタモルフォーゼの縁側, dir. Shunsuke Kariyama, Japan 2022, 118 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 12A

Seventeen-year-old Urara has a dull high school life. Her only pastime and passion is reading Boy’s Love (BL) manga, which she keeps a secret. Working part-time at a bookshop, she one day meets Yuki, an elderly woman who has lost her husband and lives alone. Not knowing what ‘BL’ is, she unwittingly buys a copy of a BL manga because of its cover. Embarrassed but then gradually fascinated by what she finds inside, Yuki heads back to the bookstore to buy the next volume. The two soon forget their fifty-eight-year age difference and form an unexpected friendship along the way.

A heart-warming film about two lonely women with a huge age gap between them and from cultural backgrounds, who come together to find friendship and a new sense of self. The film received many positive responses, especially from the BL fandom – a distinctive manga genre that has a large female readership in Japan. 
06:15 pm
Tue, 07 Feb 2023
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