This 60-minute documentary will focus on three key phases in the lives of the protagonists.
Takamasa has become officially recognized as a man, by being recorded as such in his family register,
following an operation to give him the body of a man.
Miyuki in the final stage of her life, looking back on the upheavals of her eventful life before she finally became a woman.
And also, Jun who is trying to convince the public about the third gender.
By comparing the experiences of the three protagonists, the documentary will illuminate contemporary Japanese society, in which people are more likely to reject others who are different. It will also raise the question: Is there anywhere in the world where those who are different can live without fear of rejection.
At age 6—a tomboy
At age 11-- feels uneasiness about gender at school
“I didn’t know why, but I felt something was wrong.
I had to use girl’s toilets, I had to carry a girl’s red school bag,
I was categorized as a girl…”
At age 12—stops going to school, feels a strong hatred about wearing a skirt - a girl’s uniform.
“I still didn’t know what actually was wrong. I was irritated because I didn’t know what to do. I was asked “what are you irritated about?” but I couldn’t answer without knowing the reason, and that made me even more frustrated.”
At age 13—diagnosed with ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ by a psychiatrist
At age 14 – persuades a junior high school to accept him as a boy student.
When a photo was taken on the first day of wearing a boy’s uniform, he could then finally say; “Now I know that I’m not a girl. I now don’t need to pretend to be a girl, so I thought now I can do what I want to do. This idea brought a bright future to me.”
At age 16—starts masculine hormone therapy. Acquires a lower voice.
At age 18—female to male surgery; breast removal
At age 20—female to male surgery; uterus and ovary removal
“Why do I want to go through with these surgeries? Because everybody starts from zero to do what they want for their future, but I’m still at the minus level. In order to go to plus, I have to return to zero first.”
At age 20 and a half—meets with Miyuki Yashiro who has lived two lives as a man and a woman.
=== 92 year old Miyuki Yashiro always had a sense of uneasiness about her gender since childhood. But in pre-war Japan, she always had to suppress it. When WWII broke out, she was conscripted. She became a cellist after the war, got married to a woman pianist and became a teacher in a music department of a university. At the age of 78, she had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand and she officially became a woman. She got divorced from her wife, but continued a close relationship by registering her as her daughter to live together as a family.
At age 21—meets with non-binary Jun Nakajima.
===26 year old Jun was born as a girl and always felt uncomfortable as a girl. After experiencing life as a boy, Jun realized that life as a boy was unnatural and wrong. Eventually, deciding to build an identity as non-binary Jun is now devoted to changing the social recognition of non-binary gender identity