The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

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

Showing at:

ICA
16–16 February 2009

Watershed
16 February 2008

Phoenix
16 February 2011

QUAD
16 February 2012

Showroom Cinema
16 February 2022

Brewery Arts Centre
16 March 2024