Main content

Dream Girls

Dream Girls

This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the male-run Takarazuka Music School. The few who are accepted endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue, choosing male or female roles. DREAM GIRLS offers a compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today.

"A tantalizing backstage glimpse of Japan's Takarazuka Revue."
Amy Taubin Village Voice


Main credits

Longinotto, Kim (film director)
Williams, Jano (film director)
Noguchi, Shuko (narrator)

Other credits

Photography, Kim Longinotto; sound, Claire Hunt; film editor, John Mister.


Gender, Sexual identity, Japan; "Dream Girls"; Women Make Movies; dance; ,doc,art; lgbtq