2009, 90 min
Working backwards through history, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo explores the mystery of the development of Japan's love affair with bugs using insects like an anthropologist's toolkit, the film uncover Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners' perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and even the seamingly mundane realities of their day-to-day routines.
Jeff Meyers, Metro Times
Invested with fantastic images
Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
Hushed and meditative.
Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun Times
Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
Fully engaged from start to finish.
Stephen Gossett, Flavorpill Chicago
A mesmerizing film-essay
Stefan Gruenwedel, SF Station
Oreck's unconventional travelogue of the Japanese bug hunter's mindset is as artistic as it is educational
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
This may be your only chance this year to take a pair of 6-year-olds to a subtitled film that will hold their interest
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Truly joyous moments to behold
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Noel Murray, The Onion
Remarkable. Stunningly gorgeous
Eric Hynes, The Village Voice
An expansive take on the world in miniature.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post
Beautifully filmed, seductively narrated.
Mark Rifkin, This Week In New York
Avi Offer, New York Movie Guru
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo manages to be an illuminating, delightful, breathtaking and captivating documentary for all ages.
Maria Garcia, The Film Journal
Engaging and poetic
Jessica Oreck on the Leonard Lopate Show
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Jessica Oreck's documentary essay about Japan's fascination with insects observes the phenomenon with a curious, incisive eye.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Delightful [...]. A doorway to something huge and eternal. Bring the kids.
New York Magazine
Entrancing. Critics' Pick
Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
A striking micromasterpiece
Dan Persons, The Huffington Post
More than just simple nature film or an anthropological examination, Beetle Queen becomes the attitude itself, and a fascinating immersion into another society's vision of the world
Hunter Stephenson, Slashfilm
Meditative and adorably hypnotic
Am New York
Interview of Jessica Oreck
Justin Chang, Variety
Micheal Chaiken, Film Comment
Beetle Queen bristles with kinetic energy...A film to be heard as as seen
Michael Tully, Hammertonail.com
Breathtaking...transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary