The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
18 July to 18 July 2016
A Stitch of Life
繕い裁つ人 (Tsukuroi tatsu hito)
For dressmaker Ichie (Miki Nakatani, Memories of Matsuko), creating an item of clothing is a hugely personal process. Having inherited her grandmother’s shop, Ichie specialises in tailor-making clothes for each client using an old sewing machine. Her dressmaking shop is bustling and the locals adore her unique vintage creations. When a department store offers to turn her clothing into a brand, Ichie must choose between honouring her grandmother’s will or fashioning her own path.
Acclaimed director Yukiko Mishima (Bread and Happiness and A Drop of the Grapevine), adapts this manga into a heartfelt portrayal of a persevering and proud dressmaker and the people who love her creations. Featuring the original clothing created by acclaimed designer Sachiko Ito (who also designed costumes for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Airdoll), this film artfully depicts the beauty of clothing and a long-forgotten way of life.
Distributor: Pony Canyon
Director: Yukiko Mishima
Starring: Miki Nakatani, Takahiro Miura, Hairi Katagiri
2015, 104 min, English subtitles