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

Pieta in the Toilet

トイレのピエタ (Toire no Pieta)

UK Premiere

Young failed painter Hiroshi (Yojiro Noda) falls into the depths of despair when he discovers he is incurably ill. Having given up on his dreams, everything changes when he encounters bold and outspoken Mai (Hana Sugisaki). Her strong will is infectious and pushes Hiroshi to reassess his outlook on life.

Director of the highly acclaimed documentaries Pyuupiru2001-08 and Gospel, Daishi Matsunaga returns with his fiction film debut, inspired by the ‘God of Manga’ Osamu Tezuka’s last diary entry. Newcomer and lead Yojiro Noda (lead singer of the rock band Radwimps) won the Japanese Academy Newcomer of the Year and Mainichi Film Concours Best New Actor for his performance in this life-affirming work.

漫画家の手塚治虫が亡くなる直前の日記に記していた作品の構想からヒントを得たドラマ。美大を卒業後、なかなか画家として芽の出ない宏。突然倒れた彼は、胃がんであることを知らされる。すべての夢をあきらめようとする宏だが、ひょんなことから行動的で口の悪い女子高生の真衣と出会い……。主役はロック・バンドRADWIMPS のボーカリスト野田洋次郎で、俳優は初挑戦という。

監督: 松永大司
出演: 野田洋次郎、杉咲花、リリー・フランキー

Distributor: Shochiku

Director: Daishi Matsunaga
Starring: Yojiro Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky
2015, 120 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
5 February 2017

Watershed
6 February 2017

Showroom Cinema
7 February 2017

QUAD
10 February 2017

Macrobert Arts Centre
23 February 2017

mac birmingham
7 March 2017

Filmhouse
27 March 2017