1. Little Taiko Boy リトル太鼓ボーイ

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    Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday traditions, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture to advocate a very different way of wrapping gifts for a loved one. Little Taiko Boy's soundtrack is a safer-sex parody of the American Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy" interspersed with the slow rumble of a traditional Japanese taiko drum that sounds like a massive throbbing heart beat. Against this backdrop, several men meet in Tokyo's bathhouses, love hotels and cruising spots for intimate encounters, watched over by a glamorous drag version of Amaterasu Omikami, the Shinto goddess of the Sun played by Japanese activist and artist MADAME BONJOUR JOHNJ. Like a queer Santa Claus, the goddess leaves each couple a condom in a bejeweled wrapper as a gift and blessing for the night. While Little Taiko Boy's setting is local to Tokyo, the contrasting elements woven together within the video emphasize how universal its issues are: the music brings together the modern and the traditional, the East and the West; the images depict the carnal and the spiritual, and ancient deities take up new roles in the modern world. And despite the urgency of its safer-sex message, the video not only embraces sensuality wholeheartedly, but does so with humor; after all, there is nothing "little" about either the Taiko drummer or the drum he beats. Jackson made several trips to Japan in the course of developing Little Taiko Boy, working closely with AKIRA THE HUSTLER and Madame Bonjour JohnJ at Rainbow Ring’s COMMUNITY CENTER AKTA. The LGBT center and gallery takes an innovative, localized approach to community work that includes condom "Delivery Boys" who have done outreach and condom distribution in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome district since 2003. The ‘Goddess Edition’ condom cases that Amaterasu Omikami gifts in Little Taiko Boy are inspired by the artist designed series produced by Community Center AKTA. Jackson made the video with a grant from ART MATTERS, a foundation created to assist artists who make work intending to break ground aesthetically and socially. Bryan Jackson | Director Quyen Tran | Director of Photography Dickie Greenleaf | Music CAST Cesar Cipriano | Little Taiko Boy Eric Dean | Cruising Man Viet Hoang | Bathing Man Madame Bonjour JohnJ | Amaterasu Omikami Jeff Manabat | Business Man Kiyoshi Shido | Hustler Derek Lui | Drunk Businessman Eric Hsu | Lonely Man Richard Minor | Tengu Dancer #1 Pade Weng | Tengu Dancer #2 Kiyoshi Shishido | Tengu Dancer #3 JAPAN UNIT Asuka Murata | Assistant to Director Sam Riegel | First AC Hiromasa Tamai | Gaffer USA UNIT JoAnn Hockersmith | AD Michael Hofeldt | Art Director Roxanna Shih | Choreographer Brian Baugh | VFX Hiroko Honda | Make-Up & Hair Akiko Matsumoto | Make-Up & Hair Valeria Kohakura | First AC Edward Alva | Grip
Matt Cheah | Grip Joseph Chen | Grip Katie Faulknor | Grip Andrew Nguyen | Grip Ed Silla | Grip Harrison Lees | Art Department SPECIAL THANKS Akira the Hustler Bruce Yonemoto Community Center Akta Gai Gherardi Joe Wilbur Kosaku Kanechika Midoriya Studio
Noritaka Minami PRO-Pride Rainbow Ring Sanwa Cine Equipment Rental Video Studio UC Irvine Yoichi Kunii This video was funded in part by a grant from Art Matters.

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