Part of the 2019 season: People Still Call It Love

Pumpkin and Mayonnaise

Director Masanori Tominaga

Cast: Asami Usuda, Taiga, Joe Odagiri, Kôdai Asaka

(Kabocha to mayonezu, 南瓜とマヨネーズ)

UK Premiere

How far would you go for love? Tsuchida (Asami Usuda) makes what she considers to be necessary sacrifices for her boyfriend Seiichi (Taiga) – an unemployed musician with big dreams of creative recognition – by working at a host club in order to pay for their living expenses. Upon discovering what she does to support his dream, the heedless Seiichi eventually decides to turn his life around by finding a steady job. Meanwhile, Tsuchida runs into Hagio (Joe Odagiri), an old flame she has been unable to forget. As the encounter forces her to consider her situation more deeply, she finds herself at emotional crossroads..

Based on a long-loved comic created by Kiriko Nananan, Asami Usuda sensitively renders a portrait of a young woman trapped by her circumstances in modern Japan as her affections waver between two lovers in this charming film.

2人の男性の間で揺れる女性ツチダの切ない心を繊細に描き、1990年代後半に大ヒットした魚喃キリコの恋愛漫画を実写映画化。同棲中の恋人せいいちがミュージシャンになる夢を叶えるべくサポートするツチダだが、仕事先のライブ・ハウスで元恋人のハギオに再会してしまう。(Japanese synopsis by Eikoku News Digest)

2017/93 min/English Subtitles

Past screenings