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Directed by KARIYAMA Shinsuke • 2022 Comedy/Slice of Life 118 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles  Trailer

Ichinoi, a 75-year-old woman living a peaceful life, unwittingly buys a Boy's Love manga one day…and is fascinated by what she finds inside. When she returns to the bookstore to buy the next volume, the high school girl working there–Urara, a seasoned BL fan–notices a budding fangirl when she sees one. When Urara offers to help Ichinoi explore this whole new world of fiction, the two dive into BL fandom together, and form an unlikely friendship along the way.

BL Metamorphosis is a live-action adaptation of the manga masterpiece of the same name, which garnered awards such as the New Face Award of the Manga Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival, and was also ranked #1 in the women’s category of Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (meaning "this manga is amazing!"), a renowned annual manga magazine.


This online film screening is available for free from Friday, May 17, 5:59 PM (ET) to Sunday, May 19, 11:59 PM (ET). After watching, please share your comments about the film in our short questionnaire.

Co-presented by the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival and The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    118 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Genre
    Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Subtitle Language
  • Social Media
  • Director
    KARIYAMA Shunsuke
  • Screenwriter
    OAKDA Yoshikazu, TSURUTANI Kaori
  • Producer
    HIDEHIRO Kawano, TANITO Yutaka
  • Cast
  • Cinematographer
    TANI Yasuo