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Egoist, a new romantic drama from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Daishi Matsunaga.Subscribe to our newsletter for your front-row seat to all things entertainment with a sprinkle of everything else queer.Based on author Makoto Takayama celebrated semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Egoist examines love, sex, companionship, family, and grief through a uniquely queer lens.When Kôsuke (Ryohei Suzuki) was 14, his mother died, and he grew up lonely in a rural, conservative village where he was forced to suppress feelings that he might be gay. Now in his 30s, he’s living the life he used to dream of: He’s an out and proud man, enjoying a comfortable life in Tokyo where he works as a fashion magazine editor.In an effort to get into better shape, he hires a handsome personal trainer named Ryûta (Hio Miyazawa) who also secretly moonlights as a male escort in order to make enough money to support his elderly mother.

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Japan or Nihon is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It borders the Sea of Japan to the west, and it extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); its five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the country's capital and largest city; other major cities include Osaka and Nagoya.