The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky

ふがいない僕は空を見た (Fugainai boku wa sora wo mita)

Faced with the growing pressure of bearing a child for her immature husband, lonely housewife Satomi (Tomoko Tabata) regularly retreats to the cosplay fantasy world of her favourite animated character ‘Anzu’. After a random encounter at an anime convention with high-school student and fellow cosplayer Takumi (Kento Nagayama), Satomi begins a full illicit affair with the young man, regularly meeting and making love at her marital home. Meanwhile, Takumi’s best friend Ryota struggles living with his senile grandmother in a rundown housing development after his mother abandoned the two of them for a new boyfriend.

Yuki Tanada, considered one of Japan’s most talented filmmakers, returns from a four year break with this emotionally-engaging and bold expression of the inner lives, hardships and cooped-up feelings of individuals in modern day Japan.


監督: タナダユキ
出演: 永山絢斗、田畑智子、原田美枝子

Distributor: Toei


Director: Yuki Tanada
Kento Nagayama, Tomoko Tabata, Mieko Harada
2012, 140 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

16–16 February 2009

16 February 2008

Phoenix Leicester
16 February 2011

16 February 2012

Showroom Cinema
16 February 2022

Brewery Arts Centre
16 March 2024