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Of Love & Law

Two gay lawyers living in Osaka pioneer the first LGBTQ+ law firm in Japan.


Dir Hikaru Toda
Prod Elhum Shakerifar
Production Co Hakawati/Little Stranger Films

Fumi and Kazu have a lot to teach us about love. When they decide to stick their necks out and create the first LGBTQ+ law firm in Japan, they are drawn into the lives of people searching for protection and support. Despite their own relationship having no legal status, they work pro-bono for long hours, all the while foster-parenting a teenager. We meet with a colourful cast of misfits, dissidents and artists – from a delightful eccentric being prosecuted for her kitschy vagina sculptures, to a troubled outsider who, as the child of an ‘immoral woman’, has no legal identity. A saying is repeated throughout the film, that one must ‘read the air’ – conform to the tacit conservatism that forbids sexual diversity. With love, humour and serious legal chops, Fumi and Kazu do exactly the opposite.

Jay Bernard

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Mon 26 March.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Hikaru Toda, Director; Rokudenashiko, Cast

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