The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

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A Sparkle of Life

燦燦 (San san)

UK Premiere

Tae, a 77-year-old widow, attempts to inject a ‘spark’ into her life and signs up with a matchmaking service in pursuit of a last chance at love. Despite the impending bad dates and the unrelenting opposition from those around her, Tae stays in search of her silver-haired knight in shining armour.

A Sparkle of Life is a wonderful romantic comedy by rookie filmmaker Bunji Sotoyama that will make you laugh and cry. Exploring the hopes and dreams of Japan’s aging population, the film was a huge hit in its native Japan and even received praise from Japan’s late theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, who described it as ‘a movie that makes getting old OK.’

夫と死に別れて一人暮らしをする、77歳の女性たゑ。人生の花道を輝かせたいと考えた彼女は、結婚相談所に登録し婚活を開始する。何人かの同世代の男性とデートをするが、いずれも芳しくない結果に。だがとうとう、「王子様」が現れて……。老人たちの夢と希望を温かく描いたコメディー。舞台演出家の故蜷川幸雄氏は、本作を「老いについて元気づけられる映画」とコメントした。

監督: 外山文治
出演: 吉行和子、宝田明、山本學

Distributor: SKIP city

Director: Bunji Sotoyama
Starring: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Akira Takarada, Gaku Yamamoto
2013, 81 min, English subtitles

Images: © 2013 Saitama Prefecture / SKIP city Sai-no-kuni Visual Plaza

Showing at:

ICA
5–7 February 2017

mac birmingham
10 February 2017

Phoenix
11 February 2017

Queen's Film Theatre
12 February 2017

Macrobert Arts Centre
21 February 2017

Brewery Arts Centre
12–16 March 2017

Broadway
19 March 2017

Showroom Cinema
27 March 2017

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