Love/Juice (2000)

Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Love, sex, and the confusing gray area in between marks the playing field for this low-key comedy-drama from Japan. Chinatsu (Okuno Mika) is a twenty-something lesbian who shares an apartment with Kyoko (Chika Fujimura). Chinatsu is attracted in passing to Kyoko, who occasionally returns her affections, but Kyoko is primarily interested in men -- though she has trouble getting one to stay interested in her. The excitable Kyoko is fixated upon a man who watches over the fish at a pet shop, but try as she might, she can't seem to get him to pay much attention to her, causing her no end of problems. Love/Juice was the first feature from writer and director Kaze Shindo, one of the few women to oversee a feature film in Japan (her grandfather is noted director Kento Shindo).