Skin Deep (1995 film)

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Skin Deep
Directed by Midi Onodera
Produced by Midi Onodera
Mehernaz Lentin
Written by Midi Onodera
Barbara O’Kelly
Starring Natsuko Ohama
Melanie Nicholls-King
Keram Malicki-Sánchez
Music by Kathryn Moses
Cinematography Robert MacDonald
Edited by Sarah Peddie
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Skin Deep is a film by Canadian filmmaker Midi Onodera.


Skin Deep tells the story of an award winning director, Alex Koyama (Natsuko Ohama), who is in the process of making a film about the tattoo industry, and the love and obsession that can arise in the "skin art" culture. Conflict develops between Koyama and her lesbian lover / assistant, Montana (Melanie Nicholls-King) when Koyama hires a new production assistant, Chris (Keram Malicki-Sánchez), who is transgender and quickly becomes obsessed with Koyama.[1][2]


Skin Deep explores themes of love, obsession, and identity (both gender identity and sexual orientation identity), using the tattoo as a metaphor for identity change and identity hiding.


Skin Deep was written, directed, and co-produced by Onodera. It was produced in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, with funding from


Skin Deep was awarded the Best Feature Film: Audience Award at the 1995 Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.


  1. ^ "Skin Deep". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Skin Deep at the Internet Movie Database

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