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

Pale Moon

紙の月 (Kami no tsuki)

London Premiere

Set in the mid-1990s, shortly after the burst of Japan’s economic bubble, ordinary housewife and bank employee Rika (played by award-winning actress, Rie Miyazawa) turns to a life of crime by embezzling money from clients’ accounts in order to please her younger lover, college student Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu). What begins as a few yen soon spirals into large sums of money and while it looks like Rika will get away scot-free, one eagle-eyed bank supervisor has her suspicions.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta, this mischievous dark drama is directed by one of Japan’s most exciting filmmakers, Daihachi Yoshida (Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers, The Kirishima Thing) and captures the depths one will go to get what they truly desire. The film won Best Actress at 2015 Japanese Academy Awards and the Audience Award and Best Actress following its world premiere at 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival.

女性の心理を巧みに描くことで知られる人気作家、角田光代の同名ベストセラーを映画化。束縛の多い夫との関係に疲れていた梨花は、自分の時間を求めて銀行で働き始める。営業先で出会った大学生の光太に惹かれた彼女は、やがて彼のために顧客の貯金に手を付ける。望むものを手に入れるために、人はどのようなことをするのかを描く。監督は「桐島、部活やめるってよ」の吉田大八。

監督: 吉田大八
出演: 宮沢りえ、池松壮亮、小林聡美

Distributor: Shochiku

Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Starring: Rie Miyazawa, Sosuke Ikematsu, Satomi Kobayashi
2014, 126 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
3 February 2017

Watershed
4 February 2017

Queen's Film Theatre
5 February 2017

QUAD
11 February 2017

Showroom Cinema
14 February 2017

Eden Court
2 March 2017

Phoenix
12 March 2017

Filmhouse
21 March 2017

mac birmingham
28 March 2017

Exeter Phoenix
29 March 2017

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