Release date23 June 1993 (France)
4 September 1993 (Japan) WriterRyosuke Hashiguchi, Bobby White (subtitles) GenresDrama, LGBT, Romance Film, Japanese Movies, World cinema CastYoshihiko Hakamada, Reiko Kataoka, Masashi Endô, Sumiyo Yamada, Koji Sato, Kôta Kusano Similar moviesAnother Gay Movie, C.R.A.Z.Y., My Life in Pink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Were The World Mine, Maurice
TaglineThe Slight Fever of a 20-Year-Old
Hatachi No Binetsu (二十才の微熱, A Touch of Fever, The Slight Fever of a Twenty Year Old) is a Japanese film directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi, starring Yoshihiko Hakamada and Masashi Endo, released in 1993.
Yoshihiko and Masashi play Tatsuru and Shinichiro, respectively, both young male hustlers in Japan. The older one, Tatsuru, disconnects himself from his emotions in order to perform his job. The younger Shinichiro, meanwhile, grows uncomfortable with the work once he has fallen in love with Tatsuru. After Shinichiro gets thrown out of his parents' house, he stays at Tatsuru's apartment, and their once casual relationship awkwardly develops into something else.
Reaction in Japan
Hatachi No Binetsu was a commercial success, surprising given its subject matter. It was nothing less than a breakthrough for real life gay-oriented films in Japan.