Previously at the ICA - Films

Phil Cox & Hikaru Toda, Love Hotel, 2014

Love Hotel

15 Sep 20142 Oct 2014

Director Q&A - Thu 2 Oct, 6.40pm
Love Hotel co-director Phil Cox will be present for a brief Q&A following this screening.

In a highly structured and conservative society, people need release, somewhere they can unlock their desires and not be judged. The Angelo is such a place; it’s one of 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan, visited by 2.8 million people a day. An ancient Japanese tradition, the hotels exist for people to escape the traditional structure of their daily life and explore their fantasies or just find some privacy.  

But Love Hotels are under threat. With an increasingly conformist society, the government is cracking down on the industry and many of the hotels face closure. 

With unprecedented access to the Angelo’s staff and guests Love Hotel is an extraordinary portrait of what at first seems a quirk in Japanese society but by the end seems like a vital element.

Love Hotel, dirs. Phil Cox & Hikaru Toda, England / France / Austria 2014, 90 min

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