Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

More Japanese boarding school steam: “Boys Love 2”

boyslovedvdBoys Love 2

Directed by Terauchi Kôtarô

Written by Terauchi Kôtarô and Karoruko

Released August 2007 in Japan
Drama (foreign)
88 min.


Review by Stephen O. Murray

December 30, 2014.

Boys Love 2/Schoolboy Crush (2007, directed and cowritten by Terauchi Kôtarô) is narrated by the very attractive, very young-looking Kotani Yoshikazu, returned from Boys Love as Mr. Aoi, a teacher at an elite private Catholic boys school. He can’t get it up for the beautiful boy he has rented, Sora [Atsumi Kanno], and is very discomfited to find Sora starting at the school, including being in Aoi’s science class.

Sora is given as a roommate the lonely, book-smart, and persecuted Ichiyo Mizuma [Kawakubo Yuuki], who is more than grateful to have someone to hang with. Losing his longtime punching bag (I mean emotionally, more than physically), and dismayed at the admiration of Sora by others (notably on the rugby field), the very rich, very spoiled Riku [Kazunori Tani] aims to take Sora down, a desire increased as Riku realizes that Mr. Aoi cares for Sora.

There are multiple shower scenes, shot with care to avoid showing pubic hair or penises, and other shirtless scenes for Atsumi. The young female audience for fraught romance between beautiful (androgynously beautiful) young males (bishonen) extends from manga to cinema. (And the nominal adult, Mr. Aoi, looks barely older than the boys.)

30 December 2014
©2014, Stephen O. Murray


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Stephen O. Murray grew up in rural southern Minnesota, earned a B.A. from James Madison College (within Michigan State University), an M.A. from the University of Arizona, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (both in sociology), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley (in anthropology). He is the author of American Gay, Homosexualities, etc. and lives in San Francisco.