Japanese BL ‘Aichaku’ to Hold Special Screening with Fans on May 4

Japanese production company Tokyo Cowboys is looking for 5 guests to attend a special test screening of the 2024 Gay Romance/BL Japanese feature film “Aichaku”!

Aichaku, a 2024 Japanese gay romance/BL film made by Tokyo-based production company Tokyo Cowboys (The Benza, Getting Dirty in Japan), is nearly complete and is looking for fans of the genre to attend a free test screening of the film!

Test screening will be held in Nakano-Ku of Tokyo, Japan. Applicants must be able to attend the screening in person and be willing to write a review after the screening is complete. Main cast members, as well as directors Raito Nishizaka and Michael Williams, will be in attendance and available before and after the screening to answer questions.

Filmed entirely on location in Chiba and Ibaraki, Japan, “Aichaku” takes a step back from Tokyo’s bright lights and business to show a slower, more intimate side of Japan. Shot over three months during the summer of 2023, “Aichaku” visually and sonically truly is a perfect backdrop for a slow-burn summer love story.

Though Screenplay writer and Producer McCombs largely based the script on his personal experiences living in Japan for the past fifteen years, “Aichaku” has one foot based on reality and the other based on the fantastic, heart-filled world of BL movies.

The film depicts American expat Lucas works at a small, struggling English language school in the countryside of Chiba, Japan and is doing what it takes to make ends meet with his meager salary. In the same town, half-Japanese Ken has been working at his uncle’s construction business since he was fifteen years old and is struggling to figure out what he wants with his life. Over the course of three days, Lucas and Ken meet and help each other realize how important it is to have people and places to attach yourself to.

From our first rehearsals back in April 2023, Christopher Nishizawa and I knew right away that “Aichaku” was going to be a very special movie full of laughter, thoughtfulness, and love. I really hope that you will join us for the test screening and fall in love with the world of Aichaku as much as Chris and I, as well as the rest of the staff and cast, did while we were filming it. I’m a big fan of BL movies, I can’t wait to share Aichaku with the BL community! – Christopher McCombs, Producer, Writer, Star

While making “Aichaku”, we did our best to include not only a love filled BL setting, but alsoinclude real world social commentary. As far as LGBTQ cinema goes, we think we have done something extremely new and exciting, by showing a brand new side of Japan where you’ll learn just as much about the country as the characters. – Michael Williams, Director

“Aichaku” is a love story that tells the tale of an American and a Japanese man. Just as the script was written by a gay male, we decided that it would be best to have two directors on this project to preserve the viewpoints of both of our main characters. With myself representing the Japanese viewpoint and Michael Williams from England representing the viewpoint of a foreigner, we feel like we have done everything we can to preserve the heart and feeling of each of the characters you will meet in “Aichaku”. – Raito Nishizaka, Director

Join them at Nakano Zero in Nakano-Ku, Tokyo-To, Japan, on May 4th at 2:00 PM (JST) for a chance to be among the first to experience “Aichaku.” Meet the main cast and directors, including Christopher McCombs and Christopher Nishizawa, and delve into the world of Lucas and Ken as they navigate life’s challenges and discover the power of connection.

To attend, simply email your application to [email protected]. The applicants must commit to attending the screening, writing a review on platforms like IMDB or TMDB, and sharing their thoughts on social media or a blog post. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something special! Apply now, and let’s celebrate the magic of BL cinema together. Stay tuned to BLtai for further updates regarding this movie!

 

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