Part of the 2023 season: Always Evolving

My Broken Mariko

My Broken Mariko, マイ・ブロークン・マリコ

Director TANADA Yuki

Cast NAGANO Mei, Nao, KUBOTA Masataka

2022, 85 min, English Subtitles

Tomoyo (NAGANO Mei), an overworked office worker, finds out that her best friend, Mariko (Nao), has committed suicide. Having failed to help her friend, Tomoyo feels powerless and unable to process what has happened. Mariko had suffered years of mistreatment at the hands of her father ever since she was a child, and then was in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend. Tomoyo learns that Mariko’s ashes are at her father’s place and decides to recapture the remains. After stealing Mariko’s ashes, Tomoyo is determined to do anything she can for her friend who was deprived of everything her whole life. Trapped in a whirlwind of memories, she takes the ashes to the beach where Mariko had always dreamed of visiting. This is their first and final journey together—a journey to enable Tomoyo’s broken Mariko be free at last.

Based on an evocative manga by WAKA Hirako, distinguished director TANADA Yuki, who excels in the portrayal of  female protagonists, sensitively depicts the emotional turmoil of two young women and their trauma.  What anchors the film is Nao’s (Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots) superb performance as Mariko, with Nao pushing forth Mariko’s fragility in contrast with NAGANO Mei’s intensity as Tomoyo, the friend who has always been by Mariko’s side.

©2022 “My Broken Mariko” Films Partners



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Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 13:00 (BST)
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