Love Hotel: UK premiere and review by CN Lester


There are 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan visited by 2.8 million people every day. With unprecedented access to one of them, the Angelo in Osaka, directors Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda follow everyday people from the intimacy of the hotel’s rooms to their outside realities. An ancient Japanese tradition, the Love Hotels exist so people can escape the conservative strictures of their daily lives, to explore their fantasies and desires or just find some privacy.

On Wednesday 17th September DocHouse is hosting the UK premiere of Love Hotel, the critically acclaimed documentary born from this project. The screening takes place at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) and will be followed by a Q&A with directors Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda.

The screening is sold out but you can read the review of Love Hotel by our contributor CN Lester, who says:

“The overwhelming impression I was left with was of joy and the wonder in small intimacies…Love Hotel explores, without fuss, without analysis, a place where people can talk honestly about who they are and what they need, face their desires head on and share them.”

Click here to read CN’s review and comment.

UPDATE TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER: Love Hotel will be screened at ICA London 20-28 September. You can get your tickets on ICA website now.