Film phase: Production
A story of love, family, and rights, Of Love & Law is a snapshot of Japan in transition. Fumi and Kazu are life partners, both professionally and privately: they run the first and only law firm in Japan run by an openly gay couple. From activists to artists to vulnerable young people, we see a cross section of Japanese society pass through Kazu and Fumi’s office – their clients and their cases reveal Japan’s changing social landscape and the diversity too often overlooked in its homogenous society.
Of Love & Law also follows Kazu and Fumi’s quest to raise a family. Faced with a legal system that doesn’t allow adoption by same sex couples and having seen firsthand the realities of institutionalized youths, they have begun the process of registering as foster parents.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Hikaru Toda is a self-shooting Director/Editor based in London working in broadcast, viral and independent documentaries, producing long and short format films for BBC, NHK, Guardian Media and international NGOs. She co-directed Love Hotel about a love hotel in Osaka, which was broadcast internationally including on BBC4 Storyville/France 2/ABC. It premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival 2014, receiving warm reception from both critics and audience.
Of Love & Law has won the Best Pitch award at Tokyo Docs 2014 and is in development with BBC, NKH, and DR.