I Like You, I Like You Very Much (1995)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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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.

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ex-lover, homosexual, love-triangle, philandering, sexual-attraction

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High Historical Importance