Catalog No.: FTF-016 | 
Release date: May 17, 2011 | 
Director: Jessica Oreck | 
Length: 90 minutes
 | Year: 2010


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  Tech Details: English, Color, 1.78:1 Widescreen, Dolby Digital, NR, NTSC, Region 0

  Extras: Three Deleted Scenes with the well-known philosopher Dr. Takeshi Yoro,
  Booklet with exclusive photographs and text by director, Jessica Oreck









Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the mystery of Japan's age-old love affair with insects. From the first fabled emperor who dubbed Japan the "Isle of the Dragonflies," to the cricket-selling businesses of the 1800s, and finally to modern-day Tokyo where a beetle recently sold for $90,000, insects inspire an enthusiasm in Japan seen nowhere else in the world.

Interspersed with the philosophies of Dr. Takeshi Yoro, one of Japan's best-selling authors and anatomists, and laced with poetry, literature, and art inspired by insects, the film is a quiet rhythmic observation of traditional Japanese values, particularly the intense appreciation of something so seemingly mundane. It challenges filmgoers to observe the world from an uncommon perspective that might not only change the way we think about bugs, but about life.

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Winner of Cinema Eye Spotlight Award.


SXSW, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, AFI Festival, New Oleanes, St. Louis, Spokane, Denver, Glasgow, Seattle, Jihlava, DocPoint Helsinki & many more...


"A doorway to something huge and eternal."
Time Out New York
The Village Voice
"Finds insights and forges connections that transcend squeamishness"
Film Comment Magazine
"Breathtaking. Transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary."
Hammer to Nail
"Remarkable. Spellbinding."

 "Truly joyous moments to behold."
Los Angeles Times
"Observes the phenomenon with a curious, incisive eye."
The New Yorker
"Stunningly gorgeous."
The Onion
New York Magazine, Critic's Pick