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Life: Untitled

Title kyozetsu,  タイトル、拒絶

Director YAMADA Kana

Cast ITOH Sairi, TSUNEMATSU Yuri, KATAOKA Reiko

UK Premiere, 2019, 98 min, English Subtitles

In the ramshackle office of one of Tokyo’s inconspicuous, low-rent escort services, the lives of the call girls waiting for their next client intersect and are laid bare in all their day-to-day humdrum, with visits to local love hotels, and the inevitable rivalries and catfights. Kano (ITOH Sairi), who acts as a caretaker for the girls, tries her best to defuse any potential drama, but their already tenuous peace is thrown into disarray when a new girl with model proportions joins the force, and the hierarchy among the girls shifts, creating a new slew of issues.

This feature film debut from YAMADA Kana (head of the ROJI9 theatre company) is an adaptation of a stage play she penned herself. Rather than exploiting the stereotypes often attached to the sex industry, YAMADA offers a more humanistic view of the lives of these women trying to make a living as best they know how.

Past screenings