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TIFF Bell Lightbox Release: To Be Takei

August 22, 2014

By John Corrado

To Be Takei Poster

After premiering to a standing ovation at Hot Docs, To Be Takei is circling back to Toronto this weekend for a limited run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Showtimes and tickets are right here.

First gaining fame as Sulu on Star Trek, George Takei has found a dedicated and enduring fanbase over the years.  Still making money signing autographs at conventions and being recognized for his voice, the iconic and eminently likeable actor also does inspiring work as an activist, which provides the heart of To Be Takei.

This includes working on a musical that raises awareness of the many Japanese-Americans who were wrongly sent to internment camps during World War II, based around his own childhood experiences.  Directors Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber also show us his charming private life with husband Brad, leading to his work as an outspoken gay rights advocate after officially coming out in 2005.

I had a lot of fun seeing this one at Hot Docs, where George Takei and his husband were generous enough to answer questions for a good thirty minutes after the screening, allowing the audience to witness their charming chemistry together.  With some priceless scenes that show the homosexual overtones of Star Trek, To Be Takei is an incredibly entertaining and also touching film that plays as a true crowdpleaser.

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