The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema

5 February to 26 March 2016

Aberystwyth
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield

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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.

女性作家の窪美澄による山本周五郎賞受賞作を映画化。趣味であるコスプレの世界に没頭することで孤独を癒していた主婦の里美は、いつしかアニメ関連イベントで出会った男子高校生と情事を重ねるようになる。アニメのキャラクターに扮した高校生との肉体関係に没頭する里美。一方、その男子高校生の親友は母に捨てられ、痴呆症を患う祖母との暮らしを余儀なくされていた。

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

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Showing at:

ICA
6–9 February 2016

Watershed
8 February 2016

Phoenix
11 February 2016

QUAD
12 February 2016

Showroom Cinema
22 February 2016

Brewery Arts Centre
24 March 2016