I Like You, I Like You Very Much

Rated NR 58 minutes

This groundbreaking drama, one of few to feature gay lifestyles in a Japanese context, is the work of writer, editor, cinematographer, director and co-star Hiroyuki Oki, an avant-garde filmmaker. In the liberal enclave of Kochi City, Japan, a gay college student, You (pronounced using two syllables as Yo-ooh), is living a contented life with his lover and classmate. Then he spies an attractive young man at a train station, and their meeting leads to a subsequent sexual encounter. Although You confesses his infidelity to his boyfriend and even seeks the advice of an ex-lover, he does not completely break off his new relationship, leading to a love triangle that forces each of the men to question his sexuality and identity. Running barely one hour long, I Like You, I Like You Very Much (1995) was short for a feature-length film but earned critical respect for tackling what remains an extremely sensitive cultural issue in its home country. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Hiroyuki Oki

Writer: Hiroyuki Oki

Cast: Hisanori Kitakaze, Naoya Matsumae, Kazufumi Nishimoto, Hiroyuki Oki and Kazunori Shibuya

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