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Carmen from Kawachi (1966)

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Comedy / Drama

TW: Blood, Death or Dying, Pregnancy / Childbirth, Self Harm and Suicide

Worth Watching? Yes

Bechdel Test? Fail

Race Bechdel Test? Pass

Major LGBT Tropes: Depraved Homosexual

Synopsis (from letterboxd): Like a girl runaway, Tsuyu moves to Osaka to work as a bar hostess. She meets the owner of a model school, Yoko, and seriously thinks about becoming a fashion model. Yoko tells her that she can move in to Yoko’s house to take lessons, while making a living at the same time.

My Thoughts: I think the predatory queer woman in this film may actually be a trans man based on one early scene where they are shown binding their chest. I'm still including it, but only because it really is not made clear and the potential trans story line is not explored. I really enjoyed this movie in spite of the fact that I could not locate a version with subtitles, which hasn't been true for the other films without subtitles I have watched.


Queer Body Count: 0

Straight Body Count: 0

Total Queer Body Count: 10 (24%)

Total Straight Body Count: 13 (9%)

Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0

Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 1

Total Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 5 (12%)

Total Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 2 (1%)

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