This distinctly raw, erotically-charged drama delivers a powerfully melancholic portrait of ageing in Japan that’s unlike anything seen before.
Yamazaki, a 74 year-old children’s author, has a fondness for sadomasochism. He’s faced with a painful reminder of his lost youth and shattered relationships when he forms a uniquely intimate connection with Leo, a hired sex worker. What Yamazaki doesn’t realise is that they both face a shared loneliness as they search for self-acceptance as gay men in a conservative society. Old Narcissus delivers a powerful exploration of the lingering ripple effects of social inequality on the LGBTQI+ community in contemporary Japan.
Content warning: contains suicide themes and depictions of BDSM.