THE LOVE HOTEL
Directed by Philip Cox, Hikaru Toda
With unprecedented access into one of the most private and anonymous spaces in Japanese society, THE LOVE HOTEL focuses on the Angel Love Hotel in Osaka, a short stay hotel where customers of all ages and backgrounds visit for uninterrupted intimacy, and where the hotel management struggle against an increasingly conservative government. Under the veneer of a pink movie, this extremely subtle documentary – from a cross-section of the modern Japanese society – provides a powerful perspective on love, sex and intimacy in the lucrative underground business and poses a tantalizing question: Where can we find love, and how can we make it last?
Hikaru Toda studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and obtained dual MAs in Visual Anthropology and Performance Making. She is now a director/editor traveling between London, Tokyo and Amsterdam, working in the fields of broadcast TV and independent documentaries. Her specialty lies in adopting practical approach to research and carry out site-specific ethnographic studies of human expressions and emotions.
Phil Cox produced and directed his first films in Scotland, completing an honours degree in languages and literature at the University of Edinburgh. With a primary interest in documentary he created Native Voice Films with his brother in 1998. For the last 15 years he has worked both as a director and a producer of award winning broadcast and Indie documentaries as well as a freelance news cameraman. Phil also teaches and lectures on documentary around the world. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked for a considerable period in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. He has recently been filming in India for the acclaimed feature The Bengali Detective which premiered in Sundance and Berlin film festivals and was sold onto Fox Searchlight Picture. He has been awarded the Rory Peck Award for his work in Sudan and has since been nominated for 7 other international awards. Phil ran the Innovative Documentary and the Director’s Method workshop in 2012, looking at how documentary is creating new forms of storytelling.
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Precedes: THE LOVE HOTEL