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”.
- ICA Tuesday 8 February, 18:15
- Phoenix Leicester Sunday 13 February, 20:00
- Storyhouse Wednesday 16 February, 18:00
- Downing College (Cambridge Film Trust) Sunday 20 February, 18:00
- Chapter Arts Centre Sunday 20 February, 18:00
- Queen's Film Theatre Saturday 5 March, 15:00
- Belmont Filmhouse Sunday 13 March, 15:00
- Tyneside Tuesday 15 March, 18:00
- Exeter Phoenix Sunday 20 March, 15:00
- Filmhouse Wednesday 23 March, 17:45