Part of the 2022 season: What Lies Beneath

Aristocrats

Anoko wa kizoku,  あのこは貴族

Director SODE Yukiko

Cast KADOWAKI Mugi, MIZUHARA Kiko, KORA Kengo

2021, 124 min, English Subtitles

Hanako (KADOWAKI Mugi) and Miki (MIZUHARA Kiko) come from different walks of life. While Hanako has enjoyed a privileged upbringing and a luxurious lifestyle, filled with social functions among Tokyo’s wealthy elite, Miki has had to blaze her own path, coming to the capital from a small town and building a career in event planning. Yet, neither woman can be said to be completely free from troubles; Hanako’s familial pressures to marry and follow standards of behaviour are equalled by Miki’s financial problems which force her to drop out of a prestigious university. When their paths are set on a collision course over the affections of aristocratic lawyer Koichiro (KORA Kengo), both realise that there may be another path available to them.

SODE Yukiko (Good Stripes) directs this elegantly distilled adaptation of YAMAUCHI Mariko’s novel, deconstructing modern Japanese understandings of gender, class, and the idea that “the grass is always greener on the other side”.

Screening dates

Below you will find screening details at various cinemas nationwide.

More screenings will be added as they are confirmed so keep checking back!