The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

Sleep
(Nemuri Yusurika)

This film illustrates sorrow, hope, and human dignity through the life of a family.

Kotono (Miyuki Komagata) was raped at 15, and as a consequence became pregnant, giving birth to daughter Natsume (Mariko Hirano). 17 years later, Kotono who has lost her voice, and Natsume, and also their disabled grandafter Kai, abandoned their own familiar house, and live in a van like nomads, that the only purpose for the family is to find the rapist who destroyed their lives. One day, they are told by their private detective that the rapist was found. Natsume tried to meet him alone to see if this was really the person who raped her mother…

Sakaguchi’s background as a documentary filmmaker is certainly evident throughout, and Mark Adams at ScreenDaily praises this film as being “shot in a dark as realistic manner, […] an impressively subversive and grim tale, but also well-made and disturbingly watchable.”

Extra: Director Katsumi Sakaguchi will be visiting both the ICA and Showroom to take questions after the screening.

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Director: Katsumi Sakaguchi
Mariko Hirano, Aimi Kobayashi, Miyuki Komagata
2011/ HD-CAM/96min/Colour/English Subtitles

Showing at:

Queen's Film Theatre
12 March 2002

ICA
12 February 2016

Showroom Cinema
12 February 2017

Watershed
12 March 2024

Glasgow Film Theatre
12 March 2027

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