The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

A Farewell to Jinu

ジヌよさらば ~かむろば村へ~ (Jinu yo Saraba ~ Kamuroba Mura e)

After developing an unusual ‘money allergy’, burnt-out bank clerk Takeharu (Ryuhei Matsuda) leaves the city for the humble surroundings of Kamuroba, a remote village in Japan’s Tohoku region. Hell-bent on living a peaceful rural life without the need of ‘jinu’ (a Tohoku colloquialism meaning ‘cash’), will Takeharu really be able to live a completely zero-yen life?

Directed by Japan’s most exciting playwright, author, actor and filmmaker Suzuki Matsuo (Otakus in Love), this hilarious comedy features an ensemble cast as the area’s eccentric characters (including Toshiyuki Nishida, Takako Matsu and Sadao Abe) and is based on the manga series ‘Kamuroba mura e’ (“To Kamuroba Village”) by Mikio Igarashi.

東北弁で「ジヌ」と言えば銭のこと。東京で銀行員として働いているうちに、お金に「触れない、使えない、欲しくない」というお金恐怖症になってしまった主人公が、自給自足の生活を夢見て東北の片田舎への移住を決意する。そこに待っていたのは、個性豊かな村人たち。主人公はたったの1円も使わない毎日を何とか送るうちに、村長選挙をめぐる騒動に巻き込まれてしまう。

監督: 松尾スズキ
出演: 松田龍平、松たか子、二階堂ふみ

Distributor: Kino Films

Director: Suzuki Matsuo
Ryuhei Matsuda, Toshiyuki Nishida, Takako Matsu, Sadao Abe
2015, 121 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
16 February 2006

mac birmingham
16–16 March 2008

QUAD
16 February 2013

Brewery Arts Centre
16 March 2015

Dundee Contemporary Arts
16 February 2024