The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

18 July to 18 July 2016

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

A Stitch of Life

繕い裁つ人 (Tsukuroi tatsu hito)

UK Premiere

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.

祖母の洋裁店を受け継ぎ、昔ながらの職人のように、古いミシンで一点一点手作りの服を作る市江。デパートはそんな市江に商品のブランド化を勧めるが、彼女は祖母の遺志を継ぐのだと首を縦に振らない。だがデパートから来た藤井に「先代のデザインではなくて、自分のオリジナルを作りたくはないのか」と言われた市江は、心が動く。池辺葵の大人気コミックを映画化。

監督: 三島有紀子
出演: 中谷美紀、三浦貴大、片桐はいり

Distributor: Pony Canyon

Director: Yukiko Mishima
Starring: Miki Nakatani, Takahiro Miura, Hairi Katagiri
2015, 104 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
7 February 2017

Dundee Contemporary Arts
28 February 2017

Exeter Phoenix
8 March 2017

Brewery Arts Centre
10 March 2017

Broadway
17 March 2017

Filmhouse
20 March 2017

Phoenix
22 March 2017

Queen's Film Theatre
25 March 2017