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.’


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:

5–7 February 2017

Midlands Arts Centre
10 February 2017

Phoenix Leicester
11 February 2017

Queen's Film Theatre
12 February 2017

Macrobert Arts Centre
21 February 2017

Brewery Arts Centre
12–16 March 2017

19 March 2017

Showroom Cinema
27 March 2017

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