The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema
5 February to 26 March 2016
Korean exchange student in Japan Ji-ho plays matchmaker for her two lukewarm Japanese friends, teaching them all about love and letting loose a number of Korean-style love ‘jinxs’ on them. Encouraging a rather clumsy romance to blossom, Ji-ho helps her introverted Japanese friend Kaede (Kurumi Shimizu) to use Korean-style romance tactics to attract Yusuke (Kento Yamazaki), the boy Kaede has loved ever since high school.
Featuring superstar K-pop group T-ARA idol Hyomin as its charming lead character, this romantic comedy delightfully explores romancing in different cultures through many enchanting, tear-jerking and heart-warming moments. Jinx!!! also brings together many fun familiar romantic scenes from cinema, with Ji-ho forcing the would be couple to show their love by re-enacting scenes from films such as Love Actually and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Showing at: ICA, London; QUAD, Derby; mac birmingham, Birmingham; QFT, Belfast; Broadway Cinema, Nottingham; Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria.
Director: Naoto Kumazawa
Hyomin, Kurumi Shimizu, Kento Yamazaki, Motoki Ochiai, Airi Matsuyama
2013, 122 min, English subtitles
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