The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Directed by: Jessica Oreck

2009 | Japan/USA | 90 minutes | Unrated


Friday, March 29, 2013, 7pm - 9pm


Saturday, March 30, 2013, 7pm - 9pm

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan's age-old love affair with insects. A labyrinthine meditation on nature, beauty, philosophy and Japanese culture that might just make you question if your 'instinctive' repulsion to bugs is merely a trick of western conditioning.

"If Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo sounds like some retro Japanese creature feature, guess again. This is a gentle docu-tribute to Japan's age-old connection to the insect world, a meditative piece that is at times hypnotically beautiful. The film mixes fascinating shots of Japan's most popular insects -- dragonflies, fireflies, crickets, butterflies and, of course, beetles -- with related visuals of local daily life and rituals. The point, taken with quiet matter-of- factness, is that nature has always been an inextricable part of Japanese culture, religion and philosophy, with insects being an ideal representation of the country's traditional attention to detail and harmony." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times.