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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
264 Ratings


An exploration of the mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects. From the first fabled emperor who dubbed Japan the “Isle of the Dragonflies,” to the cricket-selling businesses of the 1800s, and finally to modern-day Tokyo where a beetle recently sold for $90,000.

Our take

Director Jessica Oreck takes a philosophical and poetic look at insects in this lively documentary. Visually connecting the parallels between people and critters, cinematographer Sean Price Williams captures termites in astonishing digital close-up while mapping the buglike patterns of mankind.