Hush! (35mm, 20th Anniversary)

Ryosuke Hashiguchi
135 min

Genesis Cinema

21 September



Hush! is classic film in the history of Japanese LGBTQ+ cinema, questioning the traditional structures of family, home, and parenthood. Asako has always avoided meaningful relationships, but after a chance encounter with a gay man, Katsuhiro, she sees the opportunity to become a mother by having a child with him through artificial insemination. When she makes the proposition, Katsuhiro and his partner Naoya are initially astonished, but gradually, they begin to open up to the idea of having a baby. Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s film screened in the official selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, and twenty years after its release, this groundbreaking work can be appreciated for its anticipation of current debates around same-sex families and parenthood.

Ryosuke Hashiguchi

Ryosuke Hashiguchi is a director whose work focuses on LGBT issues. His films include A Touch of Fever (1993), Hush! (2001), All Around Us (2008) and Three Stories of Love (2015). Hashiguchi has won multiple Best Director awards at festivals across Japan.

Additional Information

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.